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Debating Pro & Con on Meals Tax

League of Women Voters hosts forum on Meals Tax issue.

The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area sponsored a debate-style panel discussion on the Meals Tax issue which will go before county voters in the Nov. 8 General Election.

Interfaith Partners for Justice Address Needs of Returning Citizens

Interfaith Partners for Justice (IPJ), a cooperative effort of members of ten Northern Virginia faith communities, invites returning citizens (ex-offenders), people of faith and justice advocates to come together for a come-when-you-can afternoon of opportunities for voter registration and photo IDs, as well as a series of workshops, advocacy tables and conversations on the needs of returning citizens (often less hopefully and permanently called “ex-offenders”) on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, 2 to 5 p.m. at Lake Anne Community Center, 1609 A Washington Plaza in Reston.

Potomac: For DUI, Mandated In-car Breathalyzer

Effective Oct. 1, all persons convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol in the state will be mandated to equip their vehicle with an in-car breathalyzer otherwise known as an ignition interlock device.

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First Lady Comes to GMU, Campaigns for Clinton

Speaks on Hillary Clintons 'lifelong record of public service.'

Excitement filled the air when First Lady Michelle Obama addressed an enthusiastic crowd, last Friday, Sept. 16, at GMU’s Johnson Center. Speaking on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, she urged everyone to vote and called Clinton the only qualified candidate in the race.

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Potomac: Seeking Cleaner Water from Middle of River

Residents hear proposal for adding new offshore water intake.

Many don’t worry about where their water comes from, but as part of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), it’s Simon Baidoo’s job to worry. For the last decade Baidoo has been project manager over one proposal in particular: adding a new offshore intake to the Potomac Water Filtration Plant.

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Potomac Snapshot: Primary Elections

Signs line the way to the polls for the Republican and Democratic primary elections at the River Falls Clubhouse.

Potomac Brief: Early Voting

Early voting starts April 14. For those registered to vote, the Montgomery County Board of Elections is mailing a personalized sample ballot, along with all of the information needed to vote in the 2016 Presidential Election, depending on which political party one is registered with and where one lives.

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Potomac: Thousands Seek Traffic Light Following Fatal Collision

Police investigating accident.

Following the fatal collision at River Road and Pyle Road on Saturday night , Feb. 27, an online petition attracting more than 3,000 signatures is calling for a traffic light at that intersection.

Potomac Brief: Law To Combat Human Trafficking Now in Effect

A bill to combat human trafficking by implementing civil fines for buyers of sex became law in Montgomery County this week. Bill 39-15 was introduced by Montgomery County Councilmembers Tom Hucker and Craig Rice and was unanimously approved by the council.

Potomac Brief: High School Juniors/Seniors Sought as Election Judges

The Montgomery County Board of Elections “Future Vote” Program is seeking high school juniors/seniors to serve as paid election judges at polling places for the Presidential Primary Election to be held on Tuesday, April 26.

Potomac Brief: Report Addresses School-to-Prison Pipeline

The Montgomery County Council received the Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) report on “The School-to-Prison Pipeline in Montgomery County” on March 1.

Potomac Brief: Residents Can Help Set County Budget Priorities

Five budget forums scheduled.

Five Montgomery County budget forums in January seek input from residents about Fiscal Year 2017 Operating Budget priorities. The first forum will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at the Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring.

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Potomac: Solar Panels Proposed for Brickyard Site

Brickyard Coalition and neighbors brace for latest proposal on Brickyard Road School site: an industrial solar array.

More than 100 people turned out at Seven Locks Elementary School in Potomac on Tuesday, Nov. 17, to hear about Montgomery County Public School’s latest proposal for a 20-acre “future school site” on Brickyard Road.

Potomac Brief: Public Hearing Set on Selection of Early Voting Centers

The Montgomery County Board of Elections has scheduled a public hearing to receive testimony from the public about the list of Early Voting Centers for the upcoming presidential election.

Potomac Commentary: Where Local Issues Find State Support

Newcomers & Community Guide

As your state senator, one of the most rewarding pieces of legislation I sponsored during the 2015 Legislative Session created a Task Force to develop the framework and details for the establishment of Maryland’s Achieving A Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program.