Saying he wants to give communities a new way to bring troublesome businesses into line, Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry introduced legislation Monday to require gas stations to get a license to operate after midnight.
Henry said he proposed the measure after hearing from police that it is difficult to apply existing licensing laws to gas stations because they have a partial exemption.
He also said that some business owners have decided they don’t need to deal with crime and disorder.
“If people aren’t coming into the store and robbing them, the business owners turn a blind eye to it,” he said. “Dealing with that kind of problem is a cost of doing business. If...