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.


Gaithersburg Sets Legislative Agenda

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Gaithersburg Govt logoGAITHERSBURG — At Monday night’s meeting, Gaithersburg’s Legislative Affairs Manager Monica Marquina briefed Mayor Jud Ashman and the City Council on the city’s priorities when the Maryland State Legislature convenes in January.

The first priority Marquina identified was advocating for increased school construction funding. Several of the schools which serve the city are enrolled over capacity. Marquina noted that Montgomery County Public Schools had seen record enrollment for the 2017-18 school year.


Kagan briefs Gaithersburg on legislature

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GAITHERSBURG – Sen. Cheryl Kagan (D-17) visited the first City Council meeting of the year to inform Mayor Jud Ashman and the Council of her priorities when the state legislature convenes next week.

“My own legislative agenda is going to feature a very broad cross section of items, including continued work on our 911 system,” said. “We are not as technologically updated as we need to be, considering we are right next to the nation’s capital. Whether it’s a Metro derailment, God forbid, freak weather storm, traffic accident or a terrorist attack, Maryland needs to be ready, and we are working with 911 center directors from around the state on a comprehensive bill.”


Governor sets Legislative agenda

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ANNAPOLIS – Gov. Larry Hogan (R) proposed tax breaks targeting retirees, working families and “struggling small businesses” Tuesday.

“I can’t imagine anybody could oppose these common sense” initiatives, said Hogan.

The first-term governor put tax relief and education funding at the center of his legislative agenda, though the governor did not announcement how he plans to pay for the tax cuts.

“On the 20th, we’ll give you our budget, and you’ll see the details,” said Hogan.

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