Senate Committee Votes Down Stormwater Repeal Bill

A February 20 Capital Gazette article reported that the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee voted unfavorably on legislation that would have repealed the 2012 stormwater fee legislation.

The Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee voted 7-4 to give an unfavorable report to Senate Bill 5.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Allan Kittleman, R-Howard, would repeal a requirement that Maryland’s 10 largest jurisdictions assess stormwater fees.  …

The same legislation is in the House of Delegates as House Bill 97. The House Environmental Matters Committee is scheduled to hear the legislation Feb. 26.

But the Senate committee’s unfavorable report isn’t a good sign for that bill, or other proposals in the General Assembly to weaken or exempt counties from the mandate.

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