Hogan Signs Fracking Ban Legislation, Environmental Groups Call His Record “Mixed”

A Daily Record article (2017-04-04) reported that Maryland Governor Lawrence “Larry” Hogan signed legislation (HB 1325) that banned hydraulic natural gas fracturing (commonly known as “fracking”) in Maryland. From the article: House Bill 1325, sponsored by Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo, D-Montgomery, was one of seven bills signed into law. The ceremony was the fourth since last … Continue reading Hogan Signs Fracking Ban Legislation, Environmental Groups Call His Record “Mixed”

Governor Hogan Unveils 2017 Environmental Agenda; Advocates & Legislators React

Governor Lawrence “Larry” Hogan unveiled his Administration’s environmental agenda for the 2017 Session on January 3. Totaling almost $65 million in funding, the Governor’s proposals include: Renewable Energy Project Funding: $41 million in investment in Tier 1 renewable energy projects through the Strategic Energy Investment Fund (coming from the $44 million in liquidated damages owed to … Continue reading Governor Hogan Unveils 2017 Environmental Agenda; Advocates & Legislators React

Sun Article on Hogan/Frosh Relationship: Conflict or Collaboration on Environmental Issues?

A December 10 Baltimore Sun article examined the potential relationship between incoming Governor Larry Hogan and incoming Attorney General Brian Frosh on environmental issues, particularly on efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.  Noting that the two have “clashed in the past,” the article explored how they will need to adapt to each other’s sometimes conflicting viewpoints and the … Continue reading Sun Article on Hogan/Frosh Relationship: Conflict or Collaboration on Environmental Issues?

2017 End of Session Wrap-Up: Environment

This post summarizes the status of various environment bills that MACo took a position on for the 2017 Regular Session. Recycling – Regulation of Recycling Facilities: HB 124 requires the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to adopt regulations governing recycling facilities, in consultation with MACo and other key stakeholders. The regulations would allow for a tiered … Continue reading 2017 End of Session Wrap-Up: Environment

Assembly OKs Capital Budget: Seeks to Diminish Hogan’s Role in School Construction

The General Assembly adopted a capital budget Wednesday that would cut Governor Larry Hogan out of the process of approving the state’s school construction plans. The House of Delegates and state Senate gave final approval to revised version of the governor’s nearly $1.1 billion capital budget, which funds building projects. According to The Baltimore Sun, … Continue reading Assembly OKs Capital Budget: Seeks to Diminish Hogan’s Role in School Construction

House Committee Votes Down Gov. Hogan’s Redistricting Bill

The House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee (which has jurisdiction over constitutional amendments, regardless of the subject matter) today killed a flagship item on Governor Larry Hogan’s legislative agenda, turning down a measure to change the way legislative districts are drawn. HB 385 proposes a constitutional amendment that, if approved by voters in the next … Continue reading House Committee Votes Down Gov. Hogan’s Redistricting Bill

Renewable Energy, Septics & Fracking Key Topics at 2017 Annual Environmental Summit

Environmental advocates addressed a standing room only sized crowd at the 23rd Annual Maryland Environmental Summit on January 26 in the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis. The Summit is a forum where the environmental community discusses their collective Session agenda and state and federal officials offer their perspectives pending environmental legislation issues. Maryland Secretary of the Environment Benjamin Grumbles was … Continue reading Renewable Energy, Septics & Fracking Key Topics at 2017 Annual Environmental Summit

Hogan, Miller Respond to Poultry, Fracking Concerns at 2017 Annapolis Summit

A short Daily Record video (2017-01-11) highlighted some of the environmental questions Governor Lawrence “Larry” Hogan, House Speaker Michael Busch, and Senate President Thomas Mike Miller fielded from audience members at the 2017 Annapolis Summit. The Summit has become an annual tradition where legislative and executive leadership discuss the key budget and policy issues of the … Continue reading Hogan, Miller Respond to Poultry, Fracking Concerns at 2017 Annapolis Summit

McGrath Named Maryland Environmental Service Director

Deputy Chief of Staff Roy McGrath has been appointed to serve as Director of the Maryland Environmental Service (MES), a MACo Bronze Corporate Partner. From the press release, The director is appointed by the governor, and serves as the chief executive officer and chairman of a nine member Board of Directors. MES is a self-supporting, … Continue reading McGrath Named Maryland Environmental Service Director

MDE Approves Counties’ Stormwater Financial Plans, Environmentalists Critical

A Bay Journal article (2016-10-18) reported that the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has approved the financial assurance plans submitted by the 10 counties subject to a Phase 1 Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit for stormwater runoff. As previously reported on Conduit Street, SB 863 of 2015 repealed the requirement that the ten Phase … Continue reading MDE Approves Counties’ Stormwater Financial Plans, Environmentalists Critical