Craig’s Blog



4/29/2013: Senator Karen Montgomery, Delegate Anne Kaiser, Delegate Eric Luedtke
and Delegate Craig Zucker File for Re-Election as the District 14 Team

Today, after filing for re-election on April 9th, Senator Karen Montgomery (Democrat-Brookeville), Delegate Anne Kaiser (Democrat-Calverton), Delegate Eric Luedtke (Democrat-Burtonsville) and Delegate Craig Zucker (Democrat-Brookeville) announced the formation of a District 14 legislative slate called the District 14 Team.

“We look forward to continuing our great work as a unified team to ensure District 14 gets the resources and representation it deserves,” said the candidates in a joint statement.

Each member of the Team has pledged to protect working families, businesses, and community priorities throughout the district. As a team they have provided assistance to small businesses throughout the district, and brought back more than $2.5 million to assist local projects like the Olney Theatre Center, Olney Satellite Police Station, Olney Boys & Girls Club, the Sandy Spring Slave Museum, the Laytonsville Volunteer Fire Department, the Damascus Heritage Museum and West Fairland Park.

“Our community benefits and our citizens have a voice in the State House by having Karen, Anne, Craig and Eric representing District 14 in Annapolis,” said Laytonsville Mayor Dan Prats.

Senator Montgomery has been a steadfast champion on educational, environmental, election, ethics and health care related laws while serving as Montgomery County’s only voice on the influential Senate Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee. Delegate Kaiser, Luedtke and Zucker provide strong leadership in the House of Delegates with their powerful committee assignments. Delegates Kaiser and Luedtke are both Subcommittee Chairmen on the House Ways and Means Committee. Delegate Zucker serves as a vice chairman on the House Appropriations Committee and is Montgomery County’s sole member on the House Capital Budget Subcommittee. In addition, Delegate Kaiser is in an influential position to deliver for District 14 as chair of the Montgomery County House Delegation.

“I am proud to support this group of outstanding public servants. The members of the District 14 delegation have been strong advocates for their district in Annapolis. They will continue to provide invaluable leadership for the people of District 14,”said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett who resides within District 14.

By Auth: District 14 Team Slate; Amit Mistry, Treas; James Offord, Chair.



4/16/2012: End of Session Letter Online

I’ve put my update on the 2012 legislative session online. Please take a look by clicking here!

-Craig



2/17/2012: Marriage Equality Passes in the House

I am proud to tell you that my colleagues and I in the House of Delegates passed the marriage equality bill today. As you know, I have been a strong supporter of this since I announced my candidacy back in 2010 and I am a co-sponsor of the bill.

I voted for marriage equality because at its core, it was a choice about who we are, the values we believe in, and the kind of state we wish to leave to our children. It was a choice about whether we want to be a state where all are equal and treated with respect, or a state where we extend rights to some but not to others.

This isn’t the final step – the Senate also needs to pass the legislation and then the Governor needs to sign it. Our work is not yet complete, but we made huge strides in the right direction today.

I am truly honored to have had the opportunity to cast a vote for marriage equality. Today we stood on the right side of history and left a legacy for our children that we can be proud of.

As always, thank you for your support.



2/4/2012: The Maryland Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act

Very proud to announce that on Friday, I introduced the Maryland Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, designed to help middle-class families who are underwater on their mortgages and facing foreclosure or negotiating a mortgage restructuring with their lender. Under current Maryland law, when you are in these situations and your lender cancels some of your debt (either because the property sold for less than worth of the mortgage or because they negotiated a lower amount with you) that cancelled debt is taxable as income. The Maryland Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act would exempt cancelled debt from taxation. It’s important to note that this isn’t a new idea; in fact, a federal law has been doing exactly this since 2007. Unfortunately, that law is set to cancel at the end of the year and it appears the current Congress won’t be extending it.

I know that our state is going through some tough times right now, and one of our jobs in the legislature this year is to look at how to increase revenue and decrease spending to ensure our state’s fiscal security. However, I’ve always said that it’s crucial that we take a balanced approach to doing this. We shouldn’t be hitting homeowners that are facing foreclosure with a tax increase – we should be doing whatever we can as a state to help them stay in their homes. I hope you’ll join me in calling for the passage of this bill. I would love to hear your thoughts – you can always reach me at craig.zucker@house.state.md.us or at (301) 858-3380.

We’ve also been getting some great press on this issue. Check out the Gazette story here and look for it in next Wednesday’s edition!

-Craig



1/26/2012: Craig introduces Child Identity Lock Bill in the House

[January 26, 2012] – ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND – In a press conference today with members of the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates, Delegate Craig Zucker announced his sponsorship of new legislation in the House to ensure parents and guardians have the right to place a security freeze on their child’s credit in order to prevent identity theft.

“We all know how important to your success your credit rating is in today’s world. Like any parent, I want to make sure that my son has a fair chance to succeed as an adult. This bill gives millions of Maryland families peace of mind by protecting the credit of their children,” Zucker said.

…read the full release here



1/5/2012: Legislative Session starts next Wednesday

Happy New Year!

I just wanted to make sure that you knew that the 2012 legislative session begins next Wednesday, January 11th. As I enter my second year as your Delegate, we face a lot of tough challenges from creating jobs, tackling the budget and finally passing marriage equality for all. However, I know that we are up to the task as long as we work together. I encourage you to keep in touch with me during the session. You can always email me at craig.zucker@house.state.md.us and call me at (301) 858-3380.

Don’t forget that I frequently update my Facebook and Twitter pages, so you can find out about the latest news from the House of Delegates there.

Please never hesitate to contact me if you need anything and have a happy and healthy new year.

-Craig



6/17/2011: Summer Barbecue Fundraiser on July 13th!

Join Craig, Speaker of the House Michael Busch and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Norman Conway for our second Summer Barbecue! Last year’s barbecue was such a success, we decided to have another one this year.

Come on out and enjoy good food and good company as we celebrate Craig’s first legislative session. This event will be family friendly and will be moved indoors if there is inclement weather.

Tickets: $50
RSVP: by July 8th to Christian@CraigZucker.com or (301) 476-0914

Donate online at CraigZucker.com/donate or make checks payable to “Friends of Craig Zucker” and mail to P.O. Box 1037, Olney, MD 20830



4/12/2011: End of Session

On Monday, April 11th, Maryland’s 2011 Legislative Session came to a close. It was an honor to serve you over the last few months as we debated some of the most important issues facing Maryland. I wanted to make sure you got a chance to see the letter I’ve written wrapping up this legislative session. Please take a look and feel free to give me your thoughts. Thank you for the opportunity to represent you in the Maryland General Assembly this year! Click here to view the letter.

-Craig