Business, Health, Politics

Attorney General Frosh urges HHS not to finalize changes to non-discrimination regulations

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh on Thursday joined a multistate coalition in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urging it not to finalize its proposed regulation, “Nondiscrimination in Health and Health Education Programs or Activities” (Section 1557 Rule). Section 1557 prohibits discrimination in health care based on gender, race, ethnicity, sex, age, or …


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Johnny Olszewski signs HOME Act into law [VIDEO]

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski signed the HOME Act into law on Tuesday. The controversial Housing Opportunities Made Equal Act was passed earlier this month by a vote that, not surprisingly, went along party lines. The HOME Act, which Olszewski introduced in October, makes it illegal for a landlord to refuse to rent to a potential tenant based on …


Bevins receiving death threats, Marks issues statement

UPDATE: The HOME Act has been signed into law. Original story below… —— NOTTINGHAM, MD—In the wake of this week’s passage of the HOME Act, Councilwoman Cathy Bevins has reportedly been receiving death threats. Earlier this week, the Baltimore County Council passed the HOME Act, which will prevent landlords from discriminating against potential renters who use vouchers as a source …

Councilman Marks: Affordable housing agreement hits northeast Baltimore County the hardest

UPDATE: The HOME Act has been signed into law. Original story below… —— The following is an op-ed piece from Baltimore County Fifth District Councilman David Marks… On November 5th, the Baltimore County Council passed the Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Act, on a party-line vote. I opposed this legislation, and here’s why. If this bill was simply about discrimination, …

Baltimore County Council approves HOME Act

UPDATE 3: The HOME Act has been signed into law. UPDATE 2: Read Councilman Marks’ op-ed piece on the HOME Act here. UPDATE: Councilman David Marks has issued a statement regarding the passing of the HOME Act. “Contrary to its name, this bill does not equalize housing opportunities,” said Marks. “Wealthy neighborhoods with no rentals will not be affected, while …

Frosh joins opposition to fair housing rule changes

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Friday joined a coalition of 22 attorneys general opposing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) proposed changes to its Disparate Impact Rule. While the current rule protects against housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, and familial status, the proposed changes would create uncertainty and …

Councilman Marks to oppose new HOME Act housing legislation

UPDATE 3: The HOME Act has been signed into law. UPDATE 2: Read Councilman Marks’ op-ed piece on the HOME Act here. UPDATE: The Baltimore County Council has voted to approve the HOME Act. Original story below… —— NOTTINGHAM, MD—Councilman David Marks on Friday said he would oppose County Executive Johnny Olszewski’s new HOME Act legislation. Olszewski has announced plans …

Olszewski announces new HOME Act housing legislation

UPDATE 4: The HOME Act has been signed into law. UPDATE 3: Read Councilman Marks’ op-ed piece on the HOME Act here. UPDATE 2: The Baltimore County Council has voted to approve the HOME Act. UPDATE: Councilman David Marks says he plans to oppose the County Executive’s HOME Act legislation. Original story below… —— TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski …