Senate on Septics: BAT Mandate Out, Funding Priorities In

SB 266, the high profile legislation seeking to reinstate the statewide requirement for “best available technology” septics systems, has been heavily amended on the Senate floor. Following more than a week of debate, including one preliminary vote defeating the original bill, the final version of the Senate bill no longer imposes that mandate, and instead addresses funding priorities for the Bay Restoration Fund, and charges the state’s Chesapeake Kay Subcabinet with studying nitrogen reduction strategies.

The bill amendments are available online. The amendments will be added into a third reader version before the bill receives its final vote, later this week.

Previous Conduit Street coverage:

Septics Bill Remains In Senate Limbo, Amendments Pending
“Best Available” Septics Mandate Stumbles in Senate

MACo testimony on SB 266

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties