Baltimore state Sen. Mary Washington and Del. Nick Mosby want to end for good the harsh practice of placing liens against homes and churches because of unpaid water and sewer bills. They have proposed legislation that would permanently ban the process, which can send homes to a tax sale if there is at least $750 in unpaid water bills that are late by nine months or more.
The legislation is deeply needed to end once and for all the exercise of inhumanely taking away people’s homes over a few hundred dollars. An attempt last year to outlaw the practice got caught up in politics, and, ultimately, the legislature only put a moratorium on such sales for a year.