State Roundup, July 26, 2017

ANTI-PURPLE LINE GROUP LOBBIES CHAO: A trail advocacy group that has lobbied against construction of the Purple Line for years and spearheaded a federal lawsuit that has delayed the light-rail project is now taking its fight directly to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Andrew Metcalf reports for Bethesda Beat.

STATE REACHES SETTLEMENT IN SUIT: Maryland has reached a $400,000 agreement to settle its share of a lawsuit in the 2013 death of Tyrone West from injuries received during a traffic stop in Northeast Baltimore. The settlement is scheduled for a vote today by the state Board of Public Works. It is part of the resolution of a federal lawsuit brought by the 44-year-old man’s family against Baltimore and Morgan State University police, Michael Dresser and Justin Fenton report in the Sun.

  • A second settlement, between the city and the family, is also expected to be completed soon. The lawyer representing the family, confirmed the pending settlements Tuesday but declined to comment until after they are finalized. The city component of the settlement would have to be approved by the Board of Estimates. That panel also meets today, but a payment to West’s family was not on the agenda as of Tuesday afternoon, Bryan Sears writes in the Daily Record.