County Executive Steve Schuh has signed bipartisan legislation to protect visitors and residents from unsafe and unhealthy lodging establishments in the County.
“No one should ever be subjected to substandard living conditions in Anne Arundel County,” said Schuh. “Thanks to the efforts of our Administration and Councilman Pruski, we can now force hotels or motels that have rampant health and safety violations to be held accountable.”
“This bill is a good first step in giving our inspectors the tools they need to adequately do their jobs,” Pruski said. “We will now be in a better position to protect families living in deplorable conditions.”
The legislation allows 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 new ordinance, county officials would also have increased inspection authority to ensure the living conditions of facilities are maintained and adequate.
The legislation was introduced to the County Council the night of December 7 and passed the Council January 4 by a vote of 6-1.