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Amendment would remove official when found guilty in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS — A proposed constitutional amendment would remove any state, county or municipal official from office at the finding of guilt, instead of when the official is sentenced.

The Maryland constitutional amendment was introduced on Tuesday by Dels. Jolene Ivey, Michael Vaughn and Melony Griffith, who are Prince George’s County Democrats. It’s being cross-filed in the state Senate by Sen. James Brochin, D-Baltimore County.

The constitutional amendment, which would need to be approved by Maryland voters in November, would apply when an official is either convicted or pleads guilty to a crime that currently requires removal from office at sentencing.

A constitutional amendment requires a two-thirds vote in the House of Delegates and the Senate. That’s 85 in the House and 32 in the Senate.