(ANNAPOLIS – February 21, 2018) – Sometimes, history has a way of repeating itself in the strangest of ways.
The year was 2002. It was the regular session of the Maryland General Assembly, and just like this year, it, too, was an election year. Some legislators in Annapolis came up with a bill, HB 1150, that would have made white males in Western Maryland a minority in the realm of Minority Business Enterprise (MBE).
At the end of the day, Delegate Michael Dobson from Baltimore and Delegate Darren Swain of Prince George’s County signed on for the bill. Later that year, both men of African American descent, were voted out of office by voters because of their support for a bill that would have been counterproductive to black progress.
Three days ago, state Senator Barbara Robinson filed a bill that too would have an adverse effect on MBEs.
It’s Senate Bill 1139, and it goes like this: “ESTABLISHING THAT, IF A CERTIFIED MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE IS SOLD TO A LEGAL ENTITY THAT IS NOT A CERTIFIED MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE, THE CERTIFIED MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE SHALL RETAIN THE CERTIFICATION FOR 3 YEARS AFTER THE DATE OF SALE.”
Let me be clear: I’m no legislative expert. However, I can read and from the looks of it …. here we go again!
With a June 2018 primary election just around the corner, this legislation is one that may come back to haunt Robinson in a very bad way.
Voters will invariably have to ask Robinson: Who benefits from this bill and more importantly, why did she feel it necessary to file something so ludicrous? If Robinson does not come up with some good answers, who knows? Maybe Delegate Antonio Hayes, who is vying for her seat in June, will indeed get it because it absolutely makes no sense.