Cheryl Kagan | Maryland State Senator - District 17

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What You’ll Want to Know for the Final Week (April 6, 2016)

Dear Friends:   This is the final week before the session ends Monday at midnight.  We had almost 3,000 bills introduced in the General Assembly this year.  Despite long days, the jam-packed 90-day session is satisfying when thoughtful legislation is drafted, debated,[...]

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Primaries, Pay Equity, and Projects at Home (April 1, 2016)

    Dear Friends:   Maryland’s primary election is coming soon (early voting starts April 14th, and Election Day is April 26th).  In light of some troubling stories (like 5-hour lines in Maricopa County, Arizona), we need to be sure that[...]

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Socially Conscious; Fiscally Responsible (March 24, 2016)

Dear Friends: Our focus this past week was on reviewing the budget and preparing for crossover deadline. “Crossover” is when Senate bills should be ready for House hearings and consideration, and House bills come over to us in the Senate. [...]

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Budget, BOAST, & Behind the Scenes (March 16, 2016)

Advancing District 17 and All of Maryland We are now in the final month before adjournment “Sine Die” on April 11th.  Things are busy!   Advocating for funding for Olde Towne Gaithersburg (Photo credit: Sen. Bill Ferguson!) On Saturday, my[...]

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Ensuring Fairness & Safety (March 8, 2016)

Prohibiting Bait & Switch at Gas Stations  Have you ever stopped at a gas station and been surprised when you saw the final cost? Many gas stations charge more for those paying with credit and/or debit cards. Because over three-fourths of consumers[...]

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Halfway Done! (March 1, 2016)

We are now halfway through the 2016 legislative session here in Annapolis.  I am pleased with the successes we have had thus far, but there is much to be done before adjournment “Sine Die” at midnight on April 11th. Ending[...]

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Planning for Emergencies, Scholarships, & Music (Feb 23, 2016)

Updating 9-1-1 Before It’s Too Late  Carl Henn was a Rockville resident and respected community leader who was struck by lightning in 2010 at a local park. Tragically, when his friends called 9-1-1 for help, they received only busy signals.[...]

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The Politics of Inclusion (Feb 16, 2016)

Restoring Voting Rights After individuals have paid their debt to society, I believe they should not be denied their voting rights.  To ensure this, the Senate narrowly voted to override Governor Hogan’s final veto from last session.  There was some[...]

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Improving the State of Our State (Feb 9, 2016)

  Plowing Through Partisanship In Annapolis, we have a Republican Governor and Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate.  This dynamic can lead to disagreements and frustration.  The goal is to find a balance through negotiation and compromise without sacrificing[...]

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