Maryland housing income discrimination bill fails in Senate

A bill that would have disallowed Maryland landlords from discriminating against tenants based on their income level was narrowly defeated by the state's Senate earlier this week, the Annapolis Capital reports.

Senate President Mike Miller, who the Capital said led Democrats in voting against the bill, said that many counties in Maryland don't need the law.

The bill was sent back to a Senate committee by a 23-22 vote.

Supporters of the bill say that housing discrimination based on income was unfairly concentrating housing voucher holders in their communities, while the Capital says that critics didn't want landlords to be forced into dealing with a government program.