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Where does Serafini stand on issues?

March 08, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

The Herald-Mail asked Del. Andrew Serafini, a Republican sworn in on Friday, for his positions on some broad issues prominent in the Maryland General Assembly:

· The death penalty: "I think it should be something that's available. I trust our judiciary."

· Legalizing slot machines: "I'm very concerned about that," partly because of the social costs of gambling. "I would be opposed."

· Same-sex marriage: "I'm a supporter of traditional marriage. I would want marriage to be one man, one woman." He said he would support a constitutional amendment to define marriage that way.

· A new excise-tax structure for Washington County: "There's continued (development) pressure, with BRAC coming this way," he said, referring to the federal Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission process. Serafini said he would like to hear officials from Prince George's and Frederick counties explain how they are handling it. "The sprawl is going to come."

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· The roughly $1.3 billion tax package passed during the fall special session: "I'm going to go back and say, 'Are there inefficiencies first?' before we raise taxes."

Charter home rule was not a state-level issue, but Washington County's delegation members publicly took positions as the county considered a ballot measure that was defeated last month.

Serafini said he supports the concept, but thinks the draft put up for vote should be changed.

"It's something I would like us to revisit," he said. "Maybe come at it a little differently."

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