After receiving several complaints from constituents of the 6th Legislative District of Baltimore County, along with an inside tip from someone in Annapolis, The Baltimore Post has filed a Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) request to gain information about Senator Johnny Ray Salling.
Our inquiry resulted from constituent requests dealing with the Senator’s voting record. The Post received the Senator’s 2018 voting record, which revealed some absentee votes during that legislative session.
Some of our readers may remember the Post’s investigation of the Senator’s residency requirements as established by the MD State Board of Elections. That particular investigation also began following constituent complaints.
That particular inquiry showed that a person running for office or serving as an elected official is required to reside in the area in which he/she serves.
At the time, the Post did not file an MPIA request because our investigation was focused on research documents. But this new round of allegations is more detailed and goes beyond the residency issue.
Early in our preliminary research regarding the Senator’s voting record, we were advised that Mr. Salling may now be living in Harford County. We also received unconfirmed information that Sen. Salling could be engaged to someone who lives outside the boundaries of the 6th Legislative District, which could explain the change in residency.
At that point, the Post felt it necessary to file the MPIA request due to the lack of cooperation from Mr. Salling regarding our first investigation into his residency status.
After the recent announcement that an overseas company will be leasing property from TPA which could lead to potentially billions of dollars in tax credits going towards foreign businesses, the Post decided our MPIA request should delve into that issue as well.
We continue to seek the truth even though the pols do their best to keep secrets from us. For example, our last MPIA request concerning Councilman Crandell’s efforts to fast-track the repairs at the CSX Railroad tracks in Dundalk, which lead directly into TPA, were not as fruitful as we would have hoped. We requested all emails from anyone representing TPA and dealing with any elected officials. Unfortunately, our detailed MPIA request produced no emails or correspondence from TPA officials, and we believe the request actually forced the communications between the two entities underground to avoid further scrutiny.
Hopefully, our latest MPIA request will be more fruitful so our voters can make informed (and better) decisions at the polls.