City Council President Lawrence A. Bell III moved yesterday to overturn the residency law recently passed by state lawmakers that allows his cousin, NAACP President Kweisi Mfume, to join Baltimore's mayoral race.
Bell, also a contender in this year's mayoral election, is co- sponsoring a bill introduced last night that would restore the residency requirement for mayoral candidates to a year before the November general election.
Gov. Parris N. Glendening signed legislation two weeks ago that reduced the residency requirement for mayoral candidates from a year to six months so that Mfume, who until a month ago lived in Baltimore County, could run for mayor. The new state law has a loophole that allows the council to restore the one-year requirement.