House postpones consideration of water bill proposal

THE BALTIMORE SUN

State legislators said yesterday that they will delay consideration of a bill that would outlaw unmetered water billing to allow a review of research of the issue over the summer. The legislation is expected to be reintroduced next year.

"With so much happening with slots, there's not enough time to understand the problem," explained Del. Elizabeth Bobo, one of the bill's sponsors.

"I don't put a bill in unless I want it to pass," added Bobo, a Howard County Democrat. "I expect this is something we'll tackle next year."

In Howard County, lawmakers said they would work to introduce local legislation this year that would regulate unmetered billing in the county. A citizens group studied unmetered billing last year and recommended that the county regulate the practice.

The state bill, co-sponsored by Del. Mary-Dulany James, a Harford County Democrat, and Del. John R. Leopold, an Anne Arundel County Republican, would have required landlords to install individual meters in apartments by next year.

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