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County Passes Question “B”

State okays the “Dream Act”, Casinos and marriage equality while Cardin, Sarbanes, Van Hollen and Delaney all win

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Published on: Thursday, November 08, 2012

By Christa Puccio

ROCKVILLE - The most contentious local issue on the November ballot, Question B on passed easily Tuesday.

The question eliminates Effects Bargaining for the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) employees.

“This as you know was a contentious issue,” said Captain Paul R. Starks, director of the Media Services Division for MCPD. “It’s an issue that was talked about by the county executive as well as the county council.”

Question B on the ballot was "Shall the Act to modify the scope of collective bargaining with police employees to permit the exercise of certain management rights without first bargaining the effects of those rights on police employees become law?"  Out of the 289,824 total votes, 59.47 percent voted yes.

“Montgomery county voters have clearly spoken that they want to make a good police department even better,” said Patrick Lacefield, spokesperson for the county executive. “I think I’d say that about the outcome either way, but I’m happy with this one.” 

The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Montgomery County Lodge 35, Inc. did not comment by the time of this release.

The Dream Act, Question 4 on the ballot passed with a 58.3 percent vote on the state level and 70.61 percent on the county level.

The Congressional Redistricting Map, Question 5, passed with a 63.5 percent vote on the state level and a 63.92 percent vote on the county level.

In addition, Maryland passed Question 7, which will allow for the expansion of gambling.  While overall the state voted 52 percent for Question 7, on the county level, 54.93 percent of Montgomery County voters voted for Question 7.

According to published reports, Jim Murren, Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts International, issued the following statement after the passing of Question 7:

“Starting today, MGM’s talented team of designers and resort experts begin work on our proposal for a great destination resort for the people of Prince George’s County and the State of Maryland. We stand ready to compete with all comers for this license and the privilege to bring an MGM resort to National Harbor.”

Question 6 on marriage equality in Maryland also passed by 51.9 percent for to 48.1 percent against on the state level and on a county level, 64.28 percent of Montgomery County voted for the Civil Marriage Protection Act.

“We are one Maryland, and all of us, at the end of the day, want the same thing for our children – to live in a loving, stable, committed home protected equally under the law,” said Governor Martin O’Malley.

On a state level, Maryland reelected Sen. Ben Cardin by a 65.6 percent vote, Congressman John Sarbanes took District 3 by a 72.6 percent vote, and Congressman Chris Van Hollen took District 8 by a 76 percent vote.

Democrat John Delaney on Tuesday night ended Rep. Roscoe Bartlett’s 10-term reign in the U.S. House of Representatives on an election night that otherwise featured no surprises among Maryland’s federal races.

Bartlett,  the 86-year-old Buckeystown resident who has represented Maryland’s 6th  Congressional District since 1993, fell to about 39 percent three hours  after polls closed at 8 p.m. Delaney captured about 57 percent, with Libertarian candidate Nickolaus Mueller taking about 3 percent.

“It  has been my great honor to serve the constituents of the 6th District of Maryland for the past 20 years,” Bartlett said in a statement. “

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