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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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Takoma Park sets priorities for legislature

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TAKOMA PARK — The Takoma Park City Council laid out the municipality’s priorities for the upcoming legislative session in front of the District 20 delegation, taking into account the likelihood of budget cuts in next year's legislative session. 

“Takoma Park has a very active citizenry, and the government is very proactive here about getting these kinds of conversations going,” Del. David Moon (D) said after the meeting. 

Moon, who is the only member of the delegation to reside in the Takoma Park, explained that the state and county governments are facing major budget shortfalls that would complicate the policymaking environment in Annapolis.

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MoCo delegation satisfied with legislative session

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Three members of Montgomery County delegation to the Maryland General Assembly say they are satisfied with their achievements of the 2017 legislative session.

"The 2017 session was quite productive in terms of getting some progressive legislation passed that had been stalled for years," said Del. David Moon (D-20) who represents Takoma Park.

"It was a really busy session, we got a lot done," said Del. Kirill Reznik (D-39) who represents Germantown and Montgomery Village. "From a progressive point of view, from a productive point of view, I think it was a very good session," he added.

The legislation which passed into law included paid sick leave, a fracking ban, and changes to the crime of rape.

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Barve and Kagan brief G-burg on legislature

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GAITHERSBURG – Legislators from the 17th District visited City Hall Monday night to brief Mayor Jud Ashman and the City Council on key issues addressed in the recently concluded legislative session.

Del. Kumar Barve (D), chairman of the Environment and Transportation Committee, discussed the “thorny” issue of stormwater management fees and securing reimbursement from Montgomery County for Gaithersburg and Rockville.

Barve noted that he drafted legislation to negotiate a compromise between the County and municipal governments that passed his committee and the House of Delegates by a wide majority but that it stalled in the Senate because the chairman there was “skittish” about the issue.

“I think I have a way around the problem. I don’t want to say what it is yet, but I think next year will be the charm,” Barve said. “I was very heartened to hear representatives from Montgomery County government tell me that regardless of whether a bill passes next year or not – and I’m very committed to passing a bill – that they felt that the negotiated compromise we were able to get to was a good template.”

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Historical sites hail restoration of funding

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As the current Maryland legislative session draws to a close, organizations advocating for the preservation of the state’s historical sites and open spaces are applauding the restoration of funds for that purpose. The capital budget, which was approved March 29, includes $600,000 in funds for preservation grants.

“With final approval of the Maryland state budget, grant funding for historic preservation will see its first appropriation in nearly a decade,” said Nicholas Redding, executive director of Preservation Maryland, a Baltimore-based historical advocacy organization that lobbied extensively to restore funding. “Thanks to the support of members, partner organizations and legislative champions, Preservation Maryland is pleased to report that funding once considered lost forever is now officially back. The Montgomery County delegation has been extremely helpful and very supportive of historic preservation work, as evidenced by their support for this funding as well as key local initiatives like state bond bill funding for Pleasant View Historic Site near the Kentlands/Quince Orchard which also passed this session.”

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Maryland’s General Assembly gavels for 2017 session

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CNS General Assembly 011The Maryland House of Delegates room was filled with delegates, friends and family members for the first day of the legislative session on Jan. 11, 2017, in Annapolis. Del. Michael Vaughn (D) from Prince George’s County was absent, as he resigned from his seat. PHOTO BY HANNAH KLARNER OF CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland -- The 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly began Wednesday amid confusion stemming from federal investigations plaguing Democrats and concern among Republicans over the possible override of several vetoes issued by Gov. Larry Hogan at the end of the 2016 session. The Senate is scheduled to begin to debate the vetoes on Jan. 18. 

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Gaithersburg sets legislative agenda for 2017

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GAITHERSBURG – Mayor Jud Ashman and the City Council received a briefing from city staff Monday night about Gaithersburg’s priorities in the upcoming legislative session. 

Monica Marquina, Gaithersburg’s Legislative Affairs manager, identified five top priorities for the city, the first of which was advocating for additional funding for school construction. 

“The county’s population continues to grow at a rapid pace, and with this growth, our school construction needs grow, and with every year that passes, our schools are aging,” Marquina said, noting that MCPS welcomed 2800 new students this year.

“Without adequate school construction funding, MCPS will be forced into reliance on portable classrooms, while aging and unreliable facilities will become the norm.”

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Legislators preview coming legislative session

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Each year the Montgomery County Sentinel previews the annual meeting of the state legislature by asking members of the county delegation, both senators and delegates, what they think the big issues will be facing them once they get to Annapolis.

This year we asked them what’s the most important issue faces the legislature, what three bills they’d like to see introduced and passed.

Finally we asked them if they’d support or if they thought state taxes should be raised.

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