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Court of Appeals to hear Montgomery FOP case

The Maryland Court of Appeals on Monday agreed to hear a dispute over whether the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 35 has collected enough signatures to challenge a Montgomery County law that removed the FOP’s collective bargaining rights over some areas of daily operational decisions, known as “effects bargaining.”

An outside firm hired by the FOP collected nearly 35,000 signatures, which was more than the 30,234 required to put the referendum on the ballot; however, about 8,000 of those signatures were invalidated by Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Eric Johnson last month due to problems with the addresses listed by four people who had circulated the petition.

The top court did not immediately indicate when it will hear the case.