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House Approves Bill To Stop Furniture Sale To Governor

March 5th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

The Maryland House of Delegates has unanimously approved a bill that would prevent departing governors from buying furniture from the executive mansion (Government House) at a discount. Friday's vote was 136-0, with five delegates either absent or not voting. The bill was filed after former Governor Martin O'Malley and his wife paid nearly $10,000 before he left office last year for 54 pieces of furniture that initially cost taxpayers about $62,000 eight years earlier. The Maryland Department of General Services sold the furniture after the pieces were declared "junk." The measure would prevent the agency from transferring ownership of state-bought furniture in the mansion, unless the governor participates in an auction open to the public. The Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office is investigating the purchase by O'Malley.

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