ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland House of Delegates has fallen short in an effort to introduce an Internet privacy bill late in the session.
The House voted 90-45 Monday to allow the bill to be introduced with only a week left. Supporters needed 94 votes, or two-thirds, to file the bill this late in the session.
Del. Bill Frick, a Montgomery County Democrat, led the effort to file the legislation to stop an Internet service provider from selling or transferring a consumer’s personally identifying information.
But Republicans contended it’s too late in the session.
Frick says he hopes the Senate could still file a measure. Del. Nic Kipke, an Anne Arundel County Republican, says it’s a national issue, and a Maryland bill would just drag Washington politics into the state.