Stormwater Fee Bill Looks Like a “Done Deal”

On the session’s final day, among the highest profile stand-alone bills awaiting final resolution is SB 863, Senate President Mike Miller’s bill to alter the state law on stormwater fees. After dramatic amendments in both the Senate and now the House, the bill appears headed toward final passage and the Governor’s signature. The Senate appears poised to concur with the House version of the bill, and that bill will likely be sent to the Governor for his signature.

The bill allows counties affected by the fee mandate to reduce or eliminate their fee if they comply with certain financial assurances, and then adds rigorous reporting and penalties on all ten affected jurisdictions to ensure very specific progress toward their federal permit agreements.

As of Monday morning, the most updated documents available to see the final version are online here:

Third reader bill passed by the Senate
House amendments
(the House amendments change many facets of the bill, and represent the most likely final outcome)

See the Maryland General Assembly website for ongoing progress on the bill throughout the day.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties