Maryland lawmakers considered but failed to embrace legislation that would have prohibited a local election practice that critics say has been used to systematically disenfranchise racial and other minorities. The measure, House Bill 655, passed the House of Delegates along party lines after contentious debate. But it died in the Senate — without a vote and without explanation, leaving the bill’s sponsor, the NAACP, and other advocates baffled. Next year, Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City) said in a Maryland Matters interview, the bill is likely to move.
Ferguson: Stalled County Election Reform Bill Likely to Get Senate Vote in 2022
April 20, 2021