Holt's original comments came on Friday during a speech to the Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference in Ocean City, in which he promised he would ask the legislature to pass a bill limiting a landlord's liability in lead poisoning cases.
By Saturday afternoon, Holt's press secretary Audra Harrison issued the following statement:
"The secretary deeply regrets his comments and apologizes to anyone he offended. His statements do not reflect administration or departmental policy. Both the administration and department take the issue of lead poisoning very seriously and will always work protect the health and safety of Marylanders."More