Candidates for the Maryland Senate and the Maryland House of Delegates were asked the following questions by The Washington Post:
Sentences: In what cases, if any, would you support legislation requiring judges to impose mandatory sentences? Do you feel Maryland should build a maximum security facility for juvenile offenders? Please explain.
Spending: In which areas of government should the state spend more money or less? Please be specific.
Legislation: Give three examples of legislation you intend to propose.
Sidney Kramer (D), incumbent, 57, of 11500 Gilsan St., Silver Spring, was elected to the Maryland Senate in 1978. He serves on Economic Affairs and Intergovernmental Cooperation committees and chairs the Montgomery County delegation. He was a member of the Montgomery County Council from 1970 to 1974.
Sentences: (a) Mandatory sentences should be imposed for repeat offenders found guilty of breaking and entering, selling drugs, using a weapon in commission of a crime and drunken driving. (b) I do believe that secure holding facilities should be built for repeat offenders and those juveniles involved in violent crimes; however, I favor work release and vocational training programs for those juveniles deemed fit by the courts for such educational courses. Emphasis should be given to separating repeat offenders from "first-timers."
Spending: The state should place more fiscal emphasis in programs to aid senior citizens and the developmentally disabled, and to make available more moderate-priced housing.
Legislation: 1) Closing of loopholes by which petroleum companies may levy an indirect charge on small service station operators for the use of credit cards, thus forcing many of them out of business. 2) Continuation of the Workmen's Compensation Medical Disease Board, so that doctors will be making decisions related to complicated disability and loss claims. 3) Provision of a wider range of residential placement and educational programs to mainstream the developmentally disabled.