An AOBA Win: Bill Defeated to Allow Candidates on Multifamily Properties

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Maryland's House Environment and Transportation Committee unanimously defeated legislation that would have required owners of multifamily residential properties to open their properties to campaign candidates and their volunteers. AOBA led the opposition to HB 373, which would have prohibited a person from preventing a candidate, or volunteer accompanying a candidate, from accessing a private residential area for purposes of campaigning, registering voters or distributing campaign materials. Private residential areas would have included an apartment building, assisted living facility, common ownership community, mobile home park, nursing home and dormitory.


AOBA opposed this bill as an imposition of risk on multifamily property owners and their residents, who routinely deny solicitors access to residential buildings. Additionally, the bill would have caused a costly diversion of staff time to unlock buildings and clean up discarded campaign literature, and violated private property rights.