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Maryland legislative update

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With less than a month left to go in this year’s legislative session, both chambers of the Maryland legislature are still working their way through several key pieces of legislation as their final deadline draws near.

Here is an update thus far on a select number of a few state bills:

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Maryland crafts legislation targeting presidential tax return

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A Maryland bill that would require all future presidential candidates to release their tax returns passsed the Maryland Senate last week, taking aim at President Trump. 

The Presidential Candidate Tax Transparency Act – which passed the state Senate last week 28-17 – would make Maryland the first state to require future presidential candidates to release their tax returns as a condition of appearing on the ballot, so as to let voters evaluate any potential conflicts of interest.

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Green Party candidate enters State Senate race

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David JeangDavid Jeang Photo by George SmithDistrict 19 voters will have the opportunity to vote for a member of the Green Party to be their next state senator now that David Jeang of Rockville has thrown his hat into the ring.

“I feel the need to build other representation in Montgomery County would be healthy to bring out voters who don’t feel the alignment with the current Democratic County and in turn bring out more voters in the whole of Maryland,” he said in a phone interview. 

Jeang, 29, will face off against three-term Del. Ben Kramer (D) for the privilege of representing Rockville, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, Wheaton and Olney in the Maryland Senate. He explained his choice to run as a third party candidate is meant to ensure that the prospective Democratic nominee will have some opposition in the general slection and will allow him to raise issues that otherwise might be ignored.

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2018 Maryland Legislative Preview

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Sen. Craig Zucker (D14)

D14 Craig ZuckerSen. Craig Zucker COURTESY PHOTOZucker said he is wary of potential federal cuts that could impact the state -- including cuts to programs for keeping the Chesapeake Bay clean. The General Assembly should be aware of such cuts during the budget process, Zucker said, adding that the Trump administration has created new expectations for the state. 

“We have to be proactive in our budgeting,” Zucker said.

In addition to funding for the Chesapeake Bay, Zucker emphasized that state funding for Montgomery County Public Schools is as key an issue for the County's delegation to Annapolis as it is for local elected leaders.

“I think it's important to make sure to meet our commitment on our education spending and on the capital side to make sure we are investing in our school construction,” he said.

Zucker said he plans to introduce a bill that would reverse a state law about serving alcohol to people with developmental disabilities. Currently in Maryland bars and restaurants can deny serving alcohol to of age adults with developmental disabilities. Zucker said his bill would make that illegal.

“That is not fair; it’s an equity thing,” he said.

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