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Lawsuit aims and fires at Maryland petition laws

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December 29, 2009

HOWARD COUNTY, Maryland: Howard County residents are in a tussle with a proposition for a full-size supermarket at Ellicott City’s Turf Valley, an 809-acre golf course and resort that is currently under development. Residents are concerned after the Howard County Council granted approval for zoning.[1]

The lawsuit challenges the interpretation of the state’s rules for signatures on petitions that, according to residents, make it impossible to place a referendum before voters. The referendum that residents seek would block the construction of the supermarket.

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