Action Needed: Contact Your Maryland Senators – Oppose HB0249

Bill Information: Sponsored by Delegates McMillan and O’Donnell, HB0249 (link opens a PDF) changes the interest rate paid to tenants on their security deposits, to coincide with the US Treasury Yield Curve Rate, which fluctuates greatly.  Currently, landlords are required to pay 3% interest on security deposits. Why This Bill Should Fail:  This places an Read more about Action Needed: Contact Your Maryland Senators – Oppose HB0249[…]

Support HB1143 / SB799 and Prevent Landlord Retaliation

Bill Information: Sponsored by Delegates Frush, Braveboy, Bobo, Fraser-Hidalgo, Glenn, and Hucker, HB1143  and SB799 (sponsored by Senators Ramirez, Forehand, and Manno) would prevent a landlord from refusing to renew a tenant’s lease if the tenant complained about unsafe conditions in the home. Why This Bill is Important:  Tenants have a right to live in Read more about Support HB1143 / SB799 and Prevent Landlord Retaliation[…]

Support HB0658 for Better Transparency in Maryland

Bill Information: Sponsored by Delegates Carter, Glass, Hough, Parrott, and Smigel, this bill would establish the State Information Act Compliance Board and require that the board would take action on a complaint within a specific period of time. Why This Bill is Important:  If you’ve ever filed an information request with the State of Maryland, Read more about Support HB0658 for Better Transparency in Maryland[…]

Baltimore’s Middle Class Explained

In the middle of doing research on middle-income folks in Baltimore, in preparation for laying the groundwork for a middle-income housing plan…I came across a Baltimore Brew comment where someone explained it perfectly, and it brilliantly illustrates the urgent need for middle-income housing: “Median income (2012) is about $40,000 per household in Baltimore City. In Read more about Baltimore’s Middle Class Explained[…]

Why HB0268 Was Needed

Today’s fatal fire at 447 N Lakewood Avenue is a tragic example of why the LLC transparency bill, introduced in the Maryland Legislature by Delegate Stephen Lafferty was so necessary.  Yet it was shot down by delegates who perhaps put more importance on hiding the owners of LLCs than on their taxpaying constituents. (Link opens Read more about Why HB0268 Was Needed[…]

Your Voice Is Needed: Ask Your Legislators to Support HB0833

Bill Information:  Sponsored by Delegate Maggie McIntosh, HB0833 would require organizations that own tax-exempt property to submit an application to the State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT), detailing what purpose the property is being used for, and whether that use is in line with allowable tax-exempt purposes. Why This Is Important:  Baltimore City property Read more about Your Voice Is Needed: Ask Your Legislators to Support HB0833[…]