State Roundup, October 10, 2017

POWER PLANT REVERSAL A CHALLENGE TO MARYLAND: President Trump’s administration plan to repeal former President Obama’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants could challenge Maryland leaders’ efforts to reduce the amount of air pollution that blows into the state from upwind, reports Scott Dance in the Sun. Last month, Maryland sued EPA for failing to apply stricter pollution controls to dozens of power plants in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The decision is not expected to change much for power plants within Maryland, though.

SOLUTION WITHOUT A PROBLEM: In an editorial for the Sun, the editorial board opines that members of the Baltimore County Council who want the legislature to add a level of privacy protection to police body cam footage are seeking a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. Truth is that Maryland (and Baltimore County, in particular) is not suffering from the over-disclosure of police body camera footage. Quite the opposite. Existing law provides police and prosecutors with broad discretion to withhold records, and they have been exercising it.

WRESTLING WITH SCHOOL CALENDARS: School systems across Maryland are looking at stark choices as they draw up calendars for next school year. Donna St. George writes in the Post that spring break could be shortened; time off on the Jewish holidays could be in jeopardy; extra days of instruction could fall away.