An effort to ban campaign contributions from developers in Baltimore County has failed in the General Assembly.
Baltimore County's state senators on Monday voted down a bill from Sen. Jim Brochin that would have banned developers, their agents and their immediate family members from giving money to candidates for the Baltimore County Council and county executive.
He has said a "pay-to-play" situation exists in the county for developers. Development is a top issue in the growing county and members of the County Council hold unusually strong power over zoning and development decisions.
"The deck is stacked against the average person and community associations," Brochin said.
Brochin's bill would have gone into effect after the 2018 election. Anyone who applies for certain development or zoning approvals would not be allowed to make campaign donations while their application is pending, and they'd have to sign a document saying they hadn't made such donations in the prior three years.