The Baltimore County Council rejected a bill Monday that would have made it illegal for landlords to discriminate against prospective tenants who use government housing vouchers to pay their rent.
The council was required to consider the bill as part of a settlement of a housing discrimination complaint negotiated between the county government and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Members voted 6-1 against it.
Council Chairwoman Vicki Almond, a Reisterstown Democrat, called her vote against the measure “a very tough, tough decision.”
She said she was troubled that neither the federal government nor the state government has approved the same provisions the council was being asked to pass. She also noted that council members were not consulted on the housing settlement.
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