General Assembly bill tackles racial language in covenants
Posted on February 11, 2018 by Admin
As you may know, some of the older covenants in Rodgers Forge contain language that prohibits some people, based on race or religion, from living in the neighborhood. This aspect of the covenants has been unenforceable for many decades due to federal law. Nevertheless, many in the community and on the RFCA board would like to have the covenants amended to reflect the fact that we find these restrictions abhorrent.
To that end, we are pleased to tell you that we have been working closely with Del. Chris West and Del. Steve Lafferty on the issue, and they are co-sponsoring legislation that would make it easier to amend covenants to address racial/religious restrictions. Their bill, which you can see here
, means we don't need to collect signatures from hundreds of households and we can instead simply file a declaration with the land records office.
Again, these restrictions are no longer legally enforceable. But we still find great value in setting down in the public record an updated version of Rodgers Forge's values. Many other neighborhoods -- in Towson and across the country -- have similar language. Other neighborhoods in Maryland will also be able to benefit from the efforts of the RFCA and Del. Lafferty and Del. West, whom we heartily thank for their efforts.
We will keep you posted on the bill's progress.