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Bill sponsored by Mooney vetoed

May 18, 2001

Bill sponsored by Mooney vetoed



Gov. Parris Glendening vetoed a bill, sponsored by a local lawmaker, designed to help taxpayers get refunds in rare cases when their appeals were held up by administrative red tape.

It would have been the first legislation chiefly sponsored by Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, to make it into law.

In a letter of explanation, Glendening said he wanted to keep Maryland's tax refund regulations consistent with federal regulations. He was also concerned that the law would be applied retroactively.

Mooney filed the bill on behalf of a Frederick County, Md., resident whose case was tied up in administrative appeal so long that the three-year statute of limitations had expired.

Glendening said his concerns outweighed the fact that one or two taxpayers a year are unable to get refunds that are justifiably owed to them.

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Mooney could not be reached for comment Thursday.

- Staff writer Laura Ernde

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