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State Roundup Jan. 13, 2010

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The General Assembly comes into session today with Gov. Martin O'Malley focusing on renewable energy, as lawmakers brace for a challenging 2010. No Ivey for Congress.

The Baltimore Sun's top General Assembly story for today discusses Gov. Martin O'Malley's plans for renewable energy. Annie Linskey reports that O'Malley will push lawmakers to strengthen requirements for renewable energy, especially wind and solar.

John Wagner writes in The Washington Post's Maryland Politics blog that Governor O'Malley won't push energy re-regulation this session. Wagner also writes that Maryland Democrats acknowledged a tough political environment during their party luncheon yesterday.

In the same blog Jonathan Mummolo writes Prince George's County State's Attorney Glenn Ivey will not challenge U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards in the Democratic primary.

Nick Sohr at The Daily Record writes that the economy and the election will drive the action during this year's General Assembly session.

Del. Bill Bronrott and Sen. Rich Madaleno hope an increase to the tax on alcohol could bring $200 million to the state, Linskey writes in The Sun. Here's the take from Julekha Dash in the Baltimore Business Journal.

Ryan Justin Fox at The (Annapolis) Capital writes that residents around Arundel Mills mall are bracing for crime, as well to changes to services and the real estate market with the development of a slots casino planned there.

The Sun's editorial board says Maryland is well-suited to developing its economy around cyber security, as O'Malley and other officials are advocating.

Derrick Davis has been named the new chairman of the board of trustees of the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund, writes Gary Haber with Baltimore Business Journal. He also writes that Sen. John Astle plans to challenge the fund's spending this legislative session.

A group that advocates for public charter schools says Maryland's legal setup for the schools is the worst in the country, according to Nick Anderson at the Post. Washington, D.C. ranks high with the organization.

Del. Galen Clagett, a Frederick County Democrat, is seeking a third term, Meg Tully writes in the Frederick News-Post. Tully also launched her General Assembly session blog, "90 Days of Madness," on Tuesday. She reported there that Gov. Martin O'Malley met last night with the two Republican candidates to replace Del. Rick Weldon.

Some developers fear that new restrictions on storm water runoff will endanger the state's "Smart Growth" goal of concentrating development in urban areas, Julie Turkewitz reports for the newly-launched Center Maryland.

A federal stimulus check for $1.1 million is going to pay for 22 environmental cleanup jobs in Baltimore, Tim Wheeler writes in The Sun.

WYPR's Tom LoBianco has an audio report on Andy Harris' bid for Congress.

Michael Dresser reports on his transportation blog for The Sun that the state ranks highly on a safety report card issued by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.

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