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Kamenetz "disappointed" County Council votes down bill to ban housing discrimination

Posted at 3:07 PM, Aug 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-02 06:35:35-04

The Baltimore County Council voted  against a bill to ban housing discrimination Monday night.

Councilman Julian Jones, a Democrat who represents parts of west Baltimore County, is the only member of the council to vote in favor of the bill.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said he was "disappointed" in the council's decision.

"But I am encouraged by incredible support that it received over the past few months," he said in a statement. "The discussion that took place really helped educate the public as to why such legislation is good public policy."

The bill would have banned landlords from refusing provide housing to people based on how they pay their rent.

The measure covers various forms of income, but it specifically targets discrimination against those with Section 8 housing vouchers. The bill would not guarantee an available unit for low-income applicants.

Howard, Montgomery and Frederick counties have already passed similar measures.

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