General Assembly could withhold planning funds to have greater role in I-270, Beltway expansion plan

Policy staffers for the state legislature wrote in an analysis that if legislators want more input on Gov. Larry Hogan’s plans to add toll lanes to I-270 and the Capital Beltway, then they could potentially restrict or withhold about $71.3 million in planning funds that the legislature would need to to allocate to move the project forward. State Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn said there’s no effort to not include General Assembly input on the plan, but the administration is trying to move the project forward quickly to relieve congestion in the area around D.C. [Washington Business Journal]

Senate budget chairman not seeking reelection

Howard County state Sen. Edward Kasemeyer, who chairs the Budget and Taxation Committee, informed his colleagues Thursday he would not seek re-election to his seat. The move could impact the political thinking of state Sen. Rich Madaleno (D-Kensington), who is running for governor. Madaleno is the vice chair of the powerful Senate committee and could take over the chairman’s role in the future if he stayed in the Senate. However, Madaleno said he doesn’t intend to drop out of the governor’s race. [Maryland Matters]

Smart growth advocates eye Montgomery County political races

The regional blog Greater Greater Washington is looking to endorse candidates from the large field of County Council and county executive candidates who support policies such as increasing density near Metro stations, promoting walkability and building transit. [Greater Greater Washington]

Germantown man sentenced on gun, drug charges

Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that Andrew Dean Bailey, 32, of Germantown, was sentenced to 10 years for intent to distribute cocaine and being a felon who possessed a firearm. Police found 96 grams of cocaine, $15,900 and a loaded .40 caliber handgun at Bailey’s residence in March. [U.S. Attorney’s Office]

Warmer weekend on the way, but rain expected

Friday is expected to be mostly cloudy with a high near 43 degrees and a low dropping to around 37 at night, according to the National Weather Service. This weekend, though, warmer weather is on the way. A high near 52 is expected Saturday with rain likely throughout the day. The rain is expected to continue into Sunday when a high near 62 is predicted, followed by a nighttime low around 41 degrees.

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