After a week of intense efforts by MACo, officials and law enforcement from Baltimore City and Baltimore County, and the Maryland State Police, the House Economic Matters Committee voted to amend SB 99 to remove language that would have preempted tougher local laws . As introduced, SB 99 would have turned back the progress of Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Each jurisdiction has tailored local legislation that has stricter reporting requirements than those required in the bill. MACo believes a statewide law should act a “floor” and not supersede local efforts.
Delegate Brain McHale, who introduced a scrap metal bill that was heard earlier this week without the preemption, offered the amendment.
Check the MACo blog for prior coverage of scrap metal.