County Executive Steve Schuh and Councilman Andrew Pruski Introduce Lodging Health and Safety Reform Bill
Annapolis (December 7, 2015) –County Executive Steve Schuh and Councilman Andrew Pruski (D-4th) today proposed bipartisan legislation to protect visitors and residents from unsafe and unhealthy hotels and motels in the County.
“No visitor or resident to this county should be forced to dwell in deplorable conditions.” said Schuh. “The County needs the ability to shut down hotels or motels that have rampant health and safety violations. No one should ever be subjected to substandard living conditions in Anne Arundel County.”
"This bill is a good start toward making Anne Arundel County a safer and healthier community,” said Pruski. “Property owners that do not take adequate care of their property need to be held accountable. This bill will ramp up the County's enforcement authority to address these properties."
The legislation would allow both the Health Department and Inspections and Permits to shut down hotels or motels that continue to violate health and building safety regulations in the County. Right now, the County only has to ability to fine, but not shut down, lodging businesses that continually violate certain provisions of the health and building code.
Under the bill, County officials would also have increased inspection authority to ensure the living conditions of facilities are maintained and adequate.
The legislation will be introduced to the County Council the night of December 7th.