MD senators balk at bill that would force many of them to commute

By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf | Maryland Reporter

Sen. Allan Kittleman’s colleagues on a Maryland Senate committee were clearly unhappy with his legislation that would force most of them to commute and no longer reimburse their lodging in Annapolis during the session.

Kittleman, R-Howard and Carroll, has again introduced legislation that would restrict the housing stipend legislators are permitted during session – a maximum $101 per day – to those living more than 50 miles from Annapolis.

He also has proposed legislation to prohibit their use of hotel reward points from any Annapolis lodging.

The Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee heard the legislation Thursday, along with two other Kittleman bills that would modify Maryland’s Open Meetings Act to include providing agendas in advance and make sure legislative subcommittees are covered by the law.

at Maryland Reporter.

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