Md. Gov. Hogan Says Housing Secretary Will Stay on the Job - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Md. Gov. Hogan Says Housing Secretary Will Stay on the Job

Posted: Updated:
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth Holt Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth Holt

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan met with his top housing official Monday to express disappointment in the secretary's comments about landlord liability in lead paint cases, a spokesman said, but the official will remain on the job after 30 lawmakers called for his resignation.
    
The Republican governor voiced confidence in Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth Holt, saying he can effectively run the department. More than two dozen Democratic lawmakers called for his resignation after Holt made a comment about lead paint cases while speaking at a statewide conference of local officials on Friday.
    
Holt said a mother could misrepresent a child's lead exposure by putting a lead fishing weight in a child's mouth before the child is tested for lead poisoning, forcing a landlord to provide housing until the child is 18.
    
Doug Mayer, the governor's spokesman, said Hogan had a lengthy and direct conversation Holt on Monday.
    
"The governor expressed his disappointment and directed the Secretary to continue reaching out to advocates, legislators, and the community as a whole to reassure them of his commitment to the safety and health of all Marylanders," Mayer said.
    
The call for Holt's resignation came in a letter signed by 30 Democratic members of the Maryland House of Delegates, mostly from Montgomery and Prince George's counties and the city of Baltimore.
    
After Holt made the comments at the Maryland Association of Counties, he told The Baltimore Sun he was using an "anecdotal story" that had been described to him to illustrate that landlord liability in lead paint cases should be limited.
    
The lawmakers calling for his resignation wrote that the remarks were "incredibly offensive and insensitive to the plight of mothers of children with lead poisoning in our state."
    
"Furthermore, your remarks betray a shocking and complete lack of understanding of Maryland law as it relates to a landlord's responsibility to provide rental property free of lead," the letter said, adding that Maryland law only requires the landlord provide safe housing while lead abatement is performed at the original housing site.
    
Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford told reporters Saturday after addressing the conference of local officials in Ocean City, Md., that Holt had never spoken to senior officials about trying to limit landlord liability, and there are no administration plans to do that.
    
Holt apologized for the comments through a spokeswoman.
    
"Secretary Holt is committed to working with advocates, legislators and families to move forward, rebuild trust, and strengthen the already-strong record DHCD has on this important issue," said department spokeswoman Audra Harrison on Monday.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • 'Ghost Pots' Hurting Chesapeake Bay's Blue Crab Population

    'Ghost Pots' Hurting Chesapeake Bay's Blue Crab Population

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 10:28 AM EDT2017-05-24 14:28:22 GMT
    Wednesday, May 24 2017 6:39 PM EDT2017-05-24 22:39:06 GMT

    Crabbing season is well underway, and that means hundreds of thousands of crab pots are in the Chesapeake Bay catching blue crabs. However, many of those pots can quickly become "ghost" pots, sinking to the bottom of the bay and taking millions of crabs with them. These ghost pots have been a problem in the bay for decades, diminishing the crab population, and potentially costing watermen millions of dollars.

    More

    Crabbing season is well underway, and that means hundreds of thousands of crab pots are in the Chesapeake Bay catching blue crabs. However, many of those pots can quickly become "ghost" pots, sinking to the bottom of the bay and taking millions of crabs with them. Those ghost pots have been a problem in the bay for decades, diminishing the crab population, and potentially costing watermen millions of dollars.

    More
  • Cruisin' Leaves it's Mark on Ocean City

    Cruisin' Leaves it's Mark on Ocean City

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 6:38 PM EDT2017-05-24 22:38:22 GMT
    Wednesday, May 24 2017 6:38 PM EDT2017-05-24 22:38:22 GMT

     Cruisin' leaves it's mark on Ocean City. 

    More

     Cruisin' leaves it's mark on Ocean City. 

    More
  • Two Men Shot While Filming Rap Video in Dover

    Two Men Shot While Filming Rap Video in Dover

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 6:34 PM EDT2017-05-24 22:34:18 GMT
    Wednesday, May 24 2017 6:34 PM EDT2017-05-24 22:34:18 GMT

    The Dover Police Department says two people were hurt in an afternoon shooting in the Capitol Green neighborhood. 

    More

    The Dover Police Department says two people were hurt in an afternoon shooting in the Capitol Green neighborhood. 

    More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Graco Recalls Car Seats; Webbing May Not Hold Child in Crash

    Graco Recalls Car Seats; Webbing May Not Hold Child in Crash

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 9:50 AM EDT2017-05-24 13:50:46 GMT
    Wednesday, May 24 2017 9:50 AM EDT2017-05-24 13:50:46 GMT

    Graco Children's Products is recalling more than 25,000 car seats because the harness webbing can break in a crash and may not keep children restrained.

    More

    Graco Children's Products is recalling more than 25,000 car seats because the harness webbing can break in a crash and may not keep children restrained.

    More
  • Pa. Police: Georgetown Man Mocked, Then Sucker-Punched Man With Cerebral Palsy

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:43 AM EDT2017-05-24 15:43:30 GMT
    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:55 AM EDT2017-05-24 15:55:06 GMT

    A Georgetown, Del. man has been arrested after authorities say he mocked and then sucker-punched a man with cerebral palsy as he walked out of a convenience store in West Chester, Pa.

    More

    A Georgetown, Del. man has been arrested after authorities say he mocked and then sucker-punched a man with cerebral palsy as he walked out of a convenience store in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

    More
  • Arrests Made in Salisbury Vehicle Break-ins

    Arrests Made in Salisbury Vehicle Break-ins

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 3:43 PM EDT2017-05-23 19:43:08 GMT
    Tuesday, May 23 2017 10:51 PM EDT2017-05-24 02:51:16 GMT

    Police have made several arrests in close to two dozen thefts from unlocked cars in two Salisbury neighborhoods.

    More

    Police have made several arrests in close to two dozen thefts from unlocked cars in two Salisbury neighborhoods.

    More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Price Comparison: Where to Buy Crabs Over Memorial Day Weekend

    Price Comparison: Where to Buy Crabs Over Memorial Day Weekend

    For many people on Delmarva, a favorite way to spend the Memorial Day holiday weekend is by enjoying blue crabs. If you're planning on buying crabs for carryout - either live or steamed - prices vary widely depending on location. Check out the price list for an idea about how much it will cost you to buy crabs from some local places in the area. Unless otherwise noted, prices listed are for #1 (large) males.

    More

    For many people on Delmarva, a favorite way to spend the Memorial Day holiday weekend is by enjoying blue crabs. If you're planning on buying crabs for carryout - either live or steamed - prices vary widely depending on location. Check out the price list for an idea about how much it will cost you to buy crabs from some local places in the area. Unless otherwise noted, prices listed are for #1 (large) males.

    More
  • Historic Seaford Diner Torn Down

    Historic Seaford Diner Torn Down

    One of the last remaining 1950's diner cars on Delmarva is now nothing but rubble.

    The Seaford Eagle Diner was ripped down Tuesday morning so the owners can re-build a new restaurant on site. Owner Serkan Darilmaz says the diner was in such bad shape that renovating it would've come at an astronomical cost.

    More

    One of the last remaining 1950's diner cars on Delmarva is now nothing but rubble.

    The Seaford Eagle Diner was ripped down Tuesday morning so the owners can re-build a new restaurant on site. Owner Serkan Darilmaz says the diner was in such bad shape that renovating it would've come at an astronomical cost.

    More
  • WBOC Early Morning Weather for Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    WBOC Early Morning Weather for Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices