As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Maryland General Assembly did not pass legislation (HB 982/SB 684) during the 2015 Session that would have created a bottle deposit program in Maryland. While the House Environment and Transportation Committee gave the legislation an unfavorable report, the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee referred the bill to interim study. Consequently, the Senate Committee will be holding a briefing on the legislation on June 18.
The briefing will start at 11:00 AM in 2 West of the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis. Members of the General Public are welcome to attend but unlike a bill hearing cannot testify on the issue unless invited to do so by the Committee. The Committee will also be discussing legislation related to dentistry licensing (SB 887) on the same day.
MACo opposed the bill, arguing that it would divert material and revenue from county recycling programs, provide no permanent offset for the county losses, and require a major education effort to alter consumer behavior. MACo also acknowledged in its testimony that litter reduction was a legitimate issue and highlighted other potential litter reduction approaches that would not harm local recycling efforts.
If you have any questions about the briefing, please contact Les Knapp at 410.269.0043 or email@example.com.