ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers are scheduled to vote on a bill that would prevent departing governors from buying furniture from the executive mansion at a discount.
The bipartisan measure is scheduled for a vote Friday in the House of Delegates.
The bill was filed after former Gov. Martin O’Malley and his wife paid nearly $10,000 before he left office last year for 54 pieces of furniture that initially cost taxpayers about $62,000 eight years earlier. The Maryland Department of General Services sold the furniture after the pieces were declared “junk.”
The measure would prevent the agency from transferring ownership of state-bought furniture in the mansion, unless the governor participates in an auction open to the public.
The Anne Arundel County state’s attorney’s office is investigating O’Malley’s purchase.
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