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§ 8-215. Investigation and determination of discrimination at country clubs or golf courses

West's Annotated Code of MarylandTax-Property

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Tax-Property
Title 8. Valuation and Assessment
Subtitle 2. Assessment Procedures
Part II. Use Assessments
MD Code, Tax - Property, § 8-215
§ 8-215. Investigation and determination of discrimination at country clubs or golf courses
In general
(a)(1) A person claiming to be aggrieved by discrimination prohibited by § 8-214 of this subtitle may file a sworn, written complaint with the Attorney General.
(2) The Attorney General or the Attorney General's designee shall investigate all written complaints.
(3) The Attorney General may initiate an investigation of a suspected violation.
(4) If there is reasonable cause for believing that a country club or golf course has practiced or is practicing discrimination in violation of § 8-214 of this subtitle, the Attorney General or the Attorney General's designee shall hold a hearing to determine the existence of the alleged violation.
(5) The Attorney General or the Attorney General's designee may:
(i) administer oaths; and
(ii) issue subpoenas to compel the attendance and testimony of witnesses or the production of books, papers, records, and documents.
Consent agreement between the Attorney General and the county club or golf course
(b) If the Attorney General finds evidence of a pattern or practice of discrimination, the Attorney General shall make a consent agreement with the country club or golf course to end the discrimination.
Attorney General may issue order to end discrimination
(c) If a country club or golf course refuses to make a consent agreement, or breaches or violates a consent agreement, the Attorney General shall issue an order to the country club or golf course to end the discrimination.
Failure to comply with order
(d)(1) If a country club or golf course fails to comply with an order issued under subsection (c) of this section, the country club or golf course may not be assessed as a country club or golf course under § 8-213 of this subtitle until the Attorney General determines that the country club or golf course complies with the order.
(2) A country club or golf course that has failed to comply with an order issued under subsection (c) of this section shall be assessed as if there were no agreement under § 8-213 of this subtitle. However, the country club or golf course is not liable for the unpaid taxes described in § 8-216 of this subtitle.
Appeal
(e) A country club or golf course may appeal any action taken under this section as provided by §§ 10-222 and 10-223 of the State Government Article.
Subpoena for information
(f)(1) If a country club or golf course fails to provide information requested by the Attorney General to investigate a charge of discrimination, the Attorney General may request that the circuit court for the county in which the country club or golf course is located issue a subpoena for the information.
(2) If the circuit court finds that the information sought relates to proof of discrimination by a country club or golf course, the court shall issue a subpoena for the information.
Temporary injunction
(g)(1) After a complaint has been filed, the Attorney General may bring an action to obtain a temporary injunction.
(2) The action shall be brought in the circuit court for the county where the country club or golf course which is the subject of the alleged discrimination is located.

Credits

Added by Acts 1985, c. 8, § 2, eff. Feb. 1, 1986. Amended by Acts 1991, c. 417; Acts 1995, c. 3, § 1, eff. March 7, 1995; Acts 2002, c. 474, § 1, eff. June 1, 2002.
Formerly Art. 81, § 19.
MD Code, Tax - Property, § 8-215, MD TAX PROPERTY § 8-215
Current with all legislation from the 2021 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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