WYPR's Emily Sullivan and Nathan Sterner discuss the November 4th, 2019 Baltimore City Council meeting.
Baltimore City Hall.
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The Baltimore City Council shepherded two highly visible bills toward law on their Monday, Nov. 4th meeting. WYPR’s Emily Sullivan discussed progress on the Water Accountability and Equity Act and a plastic bag ban bill with Nathan Sterner.
Plastic Bag Ban Faces Better Odds with More Progressive Baltimore City Council
Legislators in Baltimore have tried and failed to ban or highly reduce plastic bag use eight times in the last decade. A plastic bag ban bill appeared on the City Council’s docket for the ninth time this summer, and because of a progressive council it could finally pass, according to Councilman Bill Henry, the bill’s lead sponsor.
Baltimore City Council Introduces Bill To Ban Plastic Bags
Those plastic bags you get at your local supermarket, or just about anywhere you shop in Baltimore City, could be a thing of the past under a measure City Councilman Bill Henry plans to introduce at Monday’s council meeting.
The bill would ban plastic bags altogether and place a surcharge of five cents on other bags — like paper or compostable bags —at the point of sale or during pick up or delivery.
Housing Voucher Bill Passes Baltimore County Council
Baltimore County will prohibit landlords from rejecting would-be tenants because they use housing vouchers, also known as section 8.
The Baltimore County Council approved the controversial legislation Monday night in a vote that went straight down party lines.The four Democrats on the county council voted for it. The three Republicans voted against.
The Baltimore City Council’s Taxation, Finance and Economic Development committee approved on Thursday a measure that would create several programs and offices to make low income residents’ water bills more affordable.
The committee passed the Water Accountability & Equity Act without of the 14 pages of amendments that Department of Public Works Director Rudy Chow submitted less than a half hour before the meeting, which was supposed to be the last committee work session on the bill.