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Baltimore County Council hears both sides on housing discrimination debate

Baltimore County Council hears both sides on housing discrimination debate

The Baltimore County Council heard impassioned pleas Thursday to pass a bill that bars landlords from discriminating against prospective tenants who hold government housing vouchers.

But as a vote approaches on Aug. 1, the measure faces uncertain odds, with Councilman Julian Jones the only member committed to backing the bill.

The other six members have expressed misgivings ranging from concerns that the bill strips property rights from landlords to worries that it could further concentrate poor people in neighborhoods that already have a high number of vouchers.

The bill, proposed by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, would bar landlords from discriminating against...

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