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No One Is Safeguarding Your DNA

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The growing popularity of consumer DNA testing has helped law enforcement make arrests in decades-old crimes that would otherwise have remained cold cases.

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Maryland House Bill Seeks To Prohibit Using Familial DNA Databases To Solve Crime

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After police used a new technique to arrest a man suspected of being the Golden State Killer, a Maryland legislator proposed a law that would prohibit use of a familial DNA database for the purpose of crime-solving.

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Maryland Bill That Would Conceal Identities Of Juveniles Charged As Adults Gains Traction

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The Maryland Senate is weighing legislation that would shield from the public the names and photographs of youths who are criminally charged as adults until a judge has determined whether the case should be moved to juvenile court.

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Maryland Lawmaker Proposes Bill To Ban Police Use Of Dna Databases

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (FOX 5 DC) - Genealogy websites are a popular way for people to find out about their past, but DNA databases associated with those sites have also become a tool for law enforcement. Now, a Maryland lawmaker wants to ban police from accessing that information.

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Should Cops Use Family Tree Forensics? Maryland Isn’t So Sure

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As genetic genealogy gains momentum, one state considers barring police departments from using public DNA databases in criminal cases.

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Were You Or Someone You Know Affected By The May 27th Flood?

District Dispatch

sydnor-flood.pngTwo years later we find our neighbors and their communities facing challenging circumstances because of the flooding caused during the May 27th storm.

As time has passed I have had the opportunity to get out in the community and have realized the damage was far more extensive to our community than I could have imagined.

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In Remembrance Of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz

District Dispatch

sydnor-in-memoriam.pngFour years ago when I made the decision to run for the House of Delegates, Senator Delores Kelley reached out to the County Executive, Kevin Kamenetz, and urged him to support my run for office. The County Executive and I had a couple of meetings where we discovered that we had a few things in common. Kevin and I were both attorneys. We both supported our Baltimore Orioles. And we both were alumni of Johns Hopkins University. I think it was this last commonality that we bonded over. Well, Kevin ultimately supported my campaign, and I was successful. That morning when I was sworn in, he offered his congratulations to me and took a moment to pose for a photo with Myra and our girls.

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2018 End Of Session Letter

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2018 End of Session Letter

Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

In 2014 you elected me to serve and represent your interests. I truly value and appreciate your trust in me to represent District 44B in Annapolis. While national politics may not always produce the results that we wish, I strongly believe it is still important to ensure that state government is working for all Marylanders.  As I represent you in Annapolis, I am working for a more prosperous district and state.

The 2018 Legislative Session of the Maryland General Assembly has just concluded. This was a busy session and I sponsored and supported significant legislation that will improve the lives of Marylanders.  I was the primary sponsor on a total of 21 bills this session which were introduced to improve the lives of citizens within our district and across the state. A number of the ideas for bills I sponsored came from conversations I had with some of you after the 2017 session. The themes of these bills can be summed up into four categories: Protection of Individual Rights, Consumer Protections, Juvenile Law, and Education. Below is a brief summary.

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Participating In Electoral Politics Must Not Be Taken For Granted

District Dispatch

sydnor_district_dispatch_3.pngElections are the bedrock of our political system. Now that the legislative session is over, I would like to turn my attention to the upcoming primary which is set for June 26, 2018. This session, the General Assembly passed two bills which will change the paradigm for voting in this state. 

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Spotlight On House Bill 700: Fixing Maryland's Hate Crime Statute

District Dispatch

bill_700.pngAnyone that knows me, knows that I will sometimes look to song to draw upon which capture life.  I could not help but to think about Abel Meeropol’s poem, sung and performed by Billie Holliday. The lyrics are: 

Southern trees bear strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees

Pastoral scene of the gallant south
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh

Here is fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop
Here is a strange and bitter crop

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