Governor Hogan Signs 20 Environmental Bills Into Law

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan took a bipartisan ride with state Democratic leaders in an electric car Thursday to a waterside bill-signing ceremony for environmental initiatives. Hogan, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch smiled and posed for photographs before they stepped into an electric blue Hyundai. Hogan took the front passenger … Continue reading Governor Hogan Signs 20 Environmental Bills Into Law

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?

Maryland Matters Picks Hogan’s Top 5 Cabinet Members

In a Maryland Matters article (2017-06-12), political commentator Josh Kurtz unveils the top five cabinet secretaries in the Governor Larry Hogan Administration. Kurtz arrived at the picks by polling two dozen State government watchers and commentators. Here are a quick summary of the picks: #1 Secretary of the Environment Benjamin Grumbles If anyone in the Hogan Cabinet … Continue reading Maryland Matters Picks Hogan’s Top 5 Cabinet Members

Hogan Holds Back on Joining Virginia, Other States in Climate Alliance

Governor Larry Hogan has so far declined to bring Maryland into a newly formed alliance of states opposed to President Donald J. Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord. The Baltimore Sun reports, A dozen states have joined the newly formed U.S. Climate Alliance of states committed to staying on … Continue reading Hogan Holds Back on Joining Virginia, Other States in Climate Alliance

Hogan Plans to Sign More Than 200 Bills Today. Paid Sick Leave is Not Among Them

Governor Larry Hogan will sign 209 bills today in what is believed to be his eighth and final bill signing of the 2017 legislative session. The list includes a package of measures to address the state’s growing heroin epidemic. But missing from the hundreds of bills are several high-profile measures that are awaiting action from … Continue reading Hogan Plans to Sign More Than 200 Bills Today. Paid Sick Leave is Not Among Them

Post Op-Ed Supports Hogan’s Mid-West Power Plant Request to EPA

In a Washington Post op-ed (2017-05-12) environmental authors Richard Revesz and Jack Lienke supported Governor Larry Hogan’s request to  the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requiring certain coal plants in mid-western states to use their pollution-control technology during May through September.  As the op-ed notes, a significant amount of Maryland’s ozone pollution comes from out-of-state, with power plants being the main … Continue reading Post Op-Ed Supports Hogan’s Mid-West Power Plant Request to EPA

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