Nice thought, dumb execution - AGAIN. Should have been working with the homeowners assns in the first place. They could have jumped on the "green" ride and earned a lot of good will. Now MD is just going to spend a lot of wasteful time and $'s on a stupid bill that won't make any sense.
We have a lot of "homeowner associations" around here. I can just see them (and those in MD) saying no problem - then writing in rules like only between the hours of 5 am and 7am, and only in the back within 2 feet of the housing structure, etc.
You can't do that where I live but you don't have to live here either. When you go to closing you sign an agreement that you will abide by the rules that are in place. If you never intended on abiding then you lied in which case you have bigger character issues than your laundry.
I actually think I know where this started. There was a series of lawsuits I think a few years back; some old lady fell off her roller something because she didn't see a long laundry line (slung quite low) in her path!
I think the point of this post is simply about the HOA dictating what a person can or can't do with their property. My take is this..
If I buy a property and I pay the taxes and am responsible for the upkeep and the payments then it is my property and as long as it does not have a negative health or financial risk for my neighbors then I can do what I want. The government and courts have begun to take the side of homeowners in these matters, for example satellite dishes were prohibited by many HOA but the government and courts have since ruled that homeowners have the right to use them, more suits are being brought now because of the energy products like wind turbines and solar panels. The courts and government are eventually going to tell HOA's that they do not have the right to prevent people from using technology to better thier lives and property