ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Members of Congress are praising Maryland lawmakers for approving a bill requiring the French rail company SNCF to disclose its role in transporting victims of the Holocaust, if the company seeks a procurement contract to provide MARC train service in the state.

In a letter released Wednesday, eight lawmakers point out that the Maryland law will be the first of its kind in the nation. A bill has been introduced in Congress that would give victims the opportunity to bring a class action lawsuit in U.S. court, which the company has avoided due to foreign sovereign immunity.

A spokesman for Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, says he will sign the Maryland bill on Thursday.

The letter was signed by Reps. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., Leana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Ted Deutch, D-Fla., Elijah Cummings, D-Md., Allen West, R-Fla., C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., and John Sarbanes, D-Md.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  1. OMalleyStinks says:

    wonder which company lobby paid for this to happen, competition is a good thing unless its in Maryland. why not kick out the Japanese car companies that made engines for the planes of pearl harbor while you are at it. or banish all Volkswagens! typical MD idiocy. Keep it up soon it will only be the ghetto trash and their white overlords left in the state, just the way you want it.

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