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White MD Lawmaker Censured for Racial Slur

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has voted to censure a white lawmaker who made a racial slur about a majority-black county.

The House voted 136-0 on Thursday for the expression of severe disapproval against Del. Mary Ann Lisanti.

In addition, House Speaker Michael Busch is kicking Lisanti off her seat on the House Economic Matters Committee. The speaker already had stripped Lisanti of a leadership post she held earlier in the week.

Lisanti is a Harford County Democrat who is in her second term. She apologized to the Legislative Black Caucus and the Democratic House Caucus, as well as publicly in a written statement this week, after The Washington Post reported she used the slur in reference to Prince George's County, which is majority black.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.