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Four to receive Maryland consumer-rights awards

Two political leaders, an advocate for seniors and a community activist are to receive consumer-rights awards this month.

The Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition said Thursday that it was naming U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings the "Federal Champion of the Year." The group cited the Baltimore Democrat's efforts to help homeowners in danger of foreclosure and his "stalwart defense" of consumer rights, including support for the fledgling Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

State Del. Sandy Rosenberg, also a Democrat from Baltimore, will receive the "Legislative Achievement of the Year" for his work getting passed into law a requirement that arbitrators disclose their record in mandatory arbitration cases.

Hank Greenberg, AARP's state director in Maryland, will be named "Consumer Advocate of the Year" for his efforts to make utility bills more affordable and ensure that seniors and low-income families can keep the power on.

And Terry Berg, whose renovation nightmare prompted her to organize victims of home-improvement fraud and to press for better protections, is to win the coalition's "Consumer Volunteer of the Year" award. The awards will be handed out at an Oct. 27 ceremony in Columbia.

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