Senate “Zero Waste” Study Legislation To Advance

SB 799, legislation originally introduced to impose aggressive mandates on county recycling goals and landfill limitations, is now heading for the Senate floor principally as a study.

As previously reported on Conduit Street, the bill had previously been heavily amended and passed by the Senate Finance Committee. However, the joint assignment of the bill to the Senate Committee on Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs required that panel to act before the bill advanced.

Last night, the second committee issued a “no recommendation” vote on the bill, which procedurally would allow the bill to advance to the Senate floor. A timetable for Senate debate on the bill is not clear. Comparable legislation in the House has not received any action.

See MACo’s written testimony on SB 799, opposing the initial series of mandates and compliance penalties.

Thursday update: SB 799 was briefly raised on the Senate floor Thursday morning, but debate was deferred – the bill will be a “special order” of business on Friday.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties