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Senate to vote on whether to censure Currie

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Senate is scheduled to vote on recommendations to censure a state senator who failed to disclose more than $245,000 he was paid by a grocery store chain.

The Senate will discuss the Maryland General Assembly’s Joint Ethics Committee recommendations on Friday.

If Sen. Ulysses Currie is censured, it would be the first time the Senate has voted to discipline a senator since a member was expelled 14 years ago.

In the report made public Thursday, the committee determined that Currie used his position as chairman of the Budget and Taxation Committee for his own private gain and the gain of Shoppers Food Warehouse. Currie stepped down as chairman when he was indicted in 2010.

In November, Currie was acquitted of all charges in a federal bribery case.

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