Maryland House fails to file Internet privacy bill late

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has fallen short in an effort to introduce an Internet privacy bill late in the session.

The House voted 90-45 Monday to allow the bill to be introduced with only a week left. Supporters needed 94 votes, or two-thirds, to file the bill this late in the session.

Del. Bill Frick, a Montgomery County Democrat, led the effort to file the legislation to stop an Internet service provider from selling or transferring a consumer's personally identifying information.

But Republicans contended it's too late in the session.

Frick says he hopes the Senate could still file a measure. Del. Nic Kipke, an Anne Arundel County Republican, says it's a national issue, and a Maryland bill would just drag Washington politics into the state.

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