A state bill that would have removed some fundraising restrictions for Prince George’s county executives died in the General Assembly session that ended this week — blocked by senators from the county who considered it a step backward in terms of good-government reforms.
The bill would have repealed statutes prohibiting developers with pending projects in Prince George’s from donating to county executives running for office or slates including them.
Supporters of the bill said those restrictions hurt then-County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) when he ran for governor last year and will create a similarly uneven playing field for executives who run in the future because other counties do not have the same restrictions.
The measure passed by a wide margin in the House of Delegates, where delegates from Prince George’s gave it their backing. But it died in the Senate after county lawmakers in that chamber said the bill would send the wrong message to residents.