Electricity customers for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. will get a two-year reprieve on a 72 percent rate increase, thanks to action taken last week by the Maryland General Assembly.
In passing the measure, the legislature rejected a deal worked out by Gov. Robert Ehrlich, who plans to hold his own public hearing today to review what lawmakers did.
That could lead to an Ehrlich veto, which would almost certainly be overriden.
As this all plays out, we hope voters don't forget that this failed effort to cut consumer costs through deregulation was championed by some of the same leaders now opposing Ehrlich's plan.
If they reject his ideas in favor of their own, lawmakers will absolve the governor of any responsibility for the plan's failure or success.