ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Members of Congress are praising Maryland lawmakers for approving a bill requiring the French rail company SNCF to disclose its role in transporting victims of the Holocaust, if the company seeks a procurement contract to provide MARC train service in the state.
In a letter released Wednesday, eight lawmakers point out that the Maryland law will be the first of its kind in the nation. A bill has been introduced in Congress that would give victims the opportunity to bring a class action lawsuit in U.S. court, which the company has avoided due to foreign sovereign immunity.
A spokesman for Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, says he will sign the Maryland bill on Thursday.