One Septic Bill Moving, Rest Are Dead For 2018 Session

The Maryland General Assembly has considered several bills related to septic systems and the use of best available technology for nitrogen removal (BAT) during the 2018 Session. Currently, one septic bill is on track for passage while the rest have been given unfavorable reports. The bill that is moving is HB 1765 (sponsored by Delegate … Continue reading One Septic Bill Moving, Rest Are Dead For 2018 Session

Senate Committee Kills Governor’s Septic Bill

The Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee gave an unfavorable vote (7-4) on Governor Larry Hogan’s “Septic Stewardship Act of 2018.” The Administration bill, SB 314, made three primary changes to the septic system account under the Bay Restoration Fund (BRF). First, the bill exempted a septic system owner from paying the BRF if: (1) … Continue reading Senate Committee Kills Governor’s Septic Bill

MACo Resists Septic Bill’s Proposed Funding Shift to Cover Crops

MACo Legal and Policy Counsel Les Knapp offered amendments to an Administration bill on septic systems before the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee on February 13, 2018. The amendments would cancel a proposed shift in funding from the septic system account within the Bay Restoration Fund (BRF) to the cover crop program. In … Continue reading MACo Resists Septic Bill’s Proposed Funding Shift to Cover Crops

Septic System Legislation Introduced by Governor, Legislators

Both Governor Larry Hogan and Delegate Stephen Lafferty have introduced legislation during the 2018 Session addressing septic systems and the use of best available nitrogen removal technology (BAT). The use of BAT septic systems was a major issue during the 2017 Session. Here is a quick summary of both bills: Septic Stewardship Act of 2018 … Continue reading Septic System Legislation Introduced by Governor, Legislators

Towson Lawmakers’ 2018 Session Package: Sex Offenders, Septics, Predatory Loans & Business Taxes

A Baltimore Sun article (2018-01-03) reported on the 2018 legislative initiatives for state legislators who represent the Towson area in Baltimore County. Highlights include legislation on sexual offenders, use of best available technology for nitrogen removal (BAT) septic systems, curtailing predatory loans, and lowering business taxes. Senator Jim Brochin The article noted that Brochin is not running … Continue reading Towson Lawmakers’ 2018 Session Package: Sex Offenders, Septics, Predatory Loans & Business Taxes

House Workgroup “Digs In” To Study Septic System Policies

A House Environment and Transportation Committee Workgroup comprising members of the Subcommittee on the Environment and Committee Chair Kumar Barve held a briefing on July 26 to discuss on-site sewage disposal systems, including septic systems. Following the defeat of legislation during the 2017 Session (HB 281/SB 266) that would have reinstated a requirement to use … Continue reading House Workgroup “Digs In” To Study Septic System Policies

Septic Systems, Solar Energy & Forest Conservation Act Interim Study Items for Environment & Transportation Committee

In a letter (2017-05-31) to the Legislative Policy Committee, House Environment and Transportation Committee Chair Kumar Barve described the interim activities of Environment and Transportation Committee, including examining Forest Conservation Act, septic system requirements, and solar energy production. From the letter: Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Open Space [Subcommittee] Forest Conservation Senate Bill 365 of 2017 would have established the … Continue reading Septic Systems, Solar Energy & Forest Conservation Act Interim Study Items for Environment & Transportation Committee

Delmarva Farmer Editorial: No Knockout in BAT Septic Fight

A Delmarva Farmer editorial (2017-06-13) reviewed the 2017 legislative fight over the use of best available nitrogen removal technology (BAT) septic systems outside of the critical areas and argued against efforts over the interim to impose additional requirements on septic systems in rural areas. In 2016, Governor Larry Hogan repealed a regulatory requirement that BAT septic … Continue reading Delmarva Farmer Editorial: No Knockout in BAT Septic Fight

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 … Continue reading Senate on Septics: BAT Mandate Out, Funding Priorities In

Septics Bill Remains In Senate Limbo, Amendments Pending

Following a week of floor debate and questions, SB 266 – legislation requiring “best available technology” for any new septic systems – remains on hold pending a resolution. Last week, Conduit Street reported that the bill was initially defeated on a narrow 23-22 vote on the Senate floor during a preliminary approval vote. Following a … Continue reading Septics Bill Remains In Senate Limbo, Amendments Pending