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Craig Zucker

3/19/2011: Latest Survey

As you know, after I was sworn in earlier this year I was assigned to the House Appropriations Committee. Tomorrow, Friday, March 18th, the Appropriations Subcommittees will be presenting their findings to the Full Committee before the budget bill is sent to the House floor. Because of these tough economic times, Maryland has a host of issues confronting it this year. I have already heard from many of you about your priorities but I’m asking for your continued input.

Please fill out my 2011 Budget Priorities Survey by clicking here. You can also find my latest surveys by navigating to the “Latest Survey” section above.

I know that everyone is going to have to tighten their belt as we rebound from the national recession, but I believe if we work together that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you very much for your thoughts.

-Craig



3/17/2011: HB913 Has Passed the House!

Today I passed my first bill out of the House of Delegates by a vote of 140-0! House Bill 913 will create a new eligibility requirement for the Homestead Tax Credit, requiring that anyone who receives the credit may not be in arrears on their child support payments. This will give the Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) a compliance tool to make sure that non-custodial parents are paying what they owe to their children. It will also give an opportunity to a person who is in arrears to negotiate a payment plan with CSEA in order to be considered in compliance.

I am honored by all the support I have received from my colleagues in the House. This bill will now be sent to the Senate, where my friend, Senator Nancy King, is taking the lead.

You can read more about the bill at the Maryland General Assembly’s website.

-Craig



3/11/2011: Statement from Craig on Marriage Equality Bill


Today, the Civil Marriage and Religious Freedom Protection Act was sent back to the Judiciary Committee, making passage this legislative session that much more difficult. Although this is a setback, I believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” Those of us in the state legislature who believe that everyone deserves to have the same rights, regardless of sexual orientation, will not stop fighting for marriage equality. I believe that we will be successful one day soon.

-Craig



3/9/2011: Civil marriage gets one step closer

Despite a series of poison pill amendments targeting civil marriage, our allies in the House of Delegates held strong and defeated all of them. On Friday the civil marriage bill will be on the floor again for third reading and final passage. The District 14 Team and I can’t wait to finally cast our yes votes.

I’ll be live tweeting session again Friday morning. You can follow me on twitter starting around 11AM by clicking here or going to twitter.com/delegatezucker. You can also listen into the debate by going to the Maryland General Assembly website (note: you’ll need RealPlayer and Internet Explorer to listen to the debate.)

Let’s make this happen!

-Craig

(Note: the original version of this post stated that the final vote would happen on Thursday, March 10. It has been corrected to show that the final vote is now expected to occur Friday, March 11.)



3/9/2011: Live tweeting the civil marriage debate

Today is an historic day for Maryland. Follow me on twitter as I live tweet the civil marriage debate! Click here for my twitter page.

-Craig



3/8/2011: House Judiciary Committee Approves Same Sex Marriage

Great news on civil marriage! I look forward to voting for this historic civil rights legislation on the House floor.
-Craig

Maryland House Committee Passes Gay Marriage Bill
By BRIAN WITTE
Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A state House committee on Friday narrowly backed legislation to give same-sex couples in Maryland the same full marriage rights as heterosexuals.

The 12-10 vote by the House Judiciary sends the bill, which already has been approved by the state Senate, to the full House of Delegates, which could vote on the measure next week. Gov. Martin O’Malley has said he would sign the measure if it passes…

Read the full article here…


- District 14 Delegate Craig Zucker -