State Roundup, June 17, 2016

RENEWED PUSH ON GUNS: In the wake of the Orlando, Fla., massacre, topMaryland Democrats plan to renew a push to ban people on terrorist watch lists from buying guns here, Erin Cox of the Sun reports. House Speaker Michael E. Busch said Thursday the legislation will be “a top priority” for next year’s session, and he will call lawmakers back to Annapolis before then for briefings.

BUSCH OBJECTS TO CARET RAISE: House Speaker Michael E. Busch objected Thursday to awarding an extra $105,000 to the head of the University System of Maryland, a decision he called inappropriate at a time when students are struggling to pay the cost of a degree, Michael Dresser and Carrie Wells of the Sun report.

UNINTENDED TUITION HIKE: Last year, the USM Board of Regents approved a plan to impose an additional tuition charge on junior and senior students in three majors at the University of Maryland, College Park that are in high demand and cost more to teach. But some students could end up being charged the additional rate — known as differential tuition — for more than just two years, particularly if they pursue a minor or second major. Some regents say they plan to revisit the issue when the board reconvenes this fall, Daniel Leaderman of the Daily Record writes.