Many Maryland politicians spritz on Eau de Hypocrisy at least occasionally. But Gov. Martin O'Malley and fellow Democrats bathed in it with their support for the inaccurately labeled Referendum Integrity Act, an effort to make it harder for citizens to petition a law to referendum.
House Bill 493 (SB 673), sponsored by Del. Eric Luedtke, a Democrat from Montgomery County, should be called the "Voter Suppression Act," as that is its clear intent.
•It requires that each petition page contain language saying that the information is subject to public disclosure and requires each signer to include a birth date.
•It requires the sponsor of a petition to form a campaign finance committee for each law that is petitioned.
•It requires petition circulators to take a training course and prohibits circulators from being paid per signature.