Rawlings-Blake zings Dixon on group home issue
Baltimore City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake today blamed Mayor Sheila Dixon for lack of neighborhood support for legislation that would make it easier for group homes that treat drug addicts and other disabled people to locate in Baltimore.
Speaking on Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast on WYPR, Rawlings-Blake said she withdrew her support of a Dixon-backed plan to ease group home rules because that’s what her constituents wanted. If Dixon had spent as much time promoting the initiative as she has touting the city’s new garbage and recycling pick-up schedule, Rawlings-Blake said, the idea would have more support.
Federal authorities are poised to launch a discrimination lawsuit against Baltimore, arguing that the current law which requires City Council approval before small group homes are allowed to open violates civil rights. The Justice Department has indicated that because Rawlings-Blake does not back the mayor’s plan, legal action is imminent.