When the House of Delegates voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of a bill to speed restoration of felons' voting rights last month, Del. Craig Zucker of Montgomery County cast one of the 85 votes needed.
When the same bill comes up in the state Senate this week, Zucker — sworn in as a senator last week — is expected to provide the decisive 29th vote to make the bill law.
The Republican minority in the Senate wondered whether it would be legal for Zucker to cast that vote. So they asked the attorney general's office.
The answer: a qualified yes.
The Maryland Constitution says it is up to the party of the departing lawmaker to determine who fills a vacancy...