The Intercounty Connector is the most environmentally damaging and fiscally irresponsible transportationproject in Maryland history. The Maryland LCV has repeatedly supported attempts to defund this $4 billionroad. While we successfully raised the profile of the economic impact of this project, this year’s bill, HB 27,to defund this terrible project died in committee.
SB 753/ HB 27 Sen. Pipkin, Del. Frush
Program Open Space
Program Open Space has long been a top priority for the Governor and the environmental community. After the Senateproposed drastic cuts to the program, the Governor, buoyed by a strong last-minute grassroots outpouring of support,lobbied hard to keep the funding. As a result, most of the funds were converted into bonds with approximately $5-7 mil-lion of future real estate transfer revenue needed to service them. Ultimately, this is a good result for the Governor, theenvironmental community, and land preservation efforts.
Other Important Bills
SB 4, SB 47/ HB 1054, HB 1078 (Sen. Harrington, Del. Niemann) requires industryprovide notice to affected communities before receiving a permit. The notice bills passed but the companion bills,which would have required an MDE review before issuing a permit in certain blighted communities, died in theHouse and Senate committees.
SB 553/ HB 609 (Sen. Lenett, Del. Holmes) requires labeling of fertilizer containingphosphorous and prohibits the sale of phosphorous fertilizer in 2010.
Energy Efficient Buildings:
SB 625 ( Sen. Frosh) requires a strengthening of building codes to make them moreenergy efficient.
Maryland Organic Farming Pilot Program:
SB 516/ HB 449 (Sen. Middleton, Del. Manno) creates a pilotprogram using federal funds to encourage farmers to transition toward organic farming practices.
HB 595 (Del. Olzsewski) and SB 473/ HB 1290 (Sen. Lenett, Del. Rice) require that all publicschools and state facilities recycle paper, aluminum, glass, and plastic.
Stormwater Management Surcharge:
SB 672/ HB 1457 (Sen. Raskin, Del. Hucker) would have requiredcounties to assess their own fee to pay for retrofits. This bill died on the Senate floor.
Mercury Switch Removal:
HB 1263 (Del. Hucker) compensates and trains automobile recyclers to remove andrecycle the mercury switches from cars.
HB 1156 (Del. Rosenberg) would have allowed Baltimore residents who suffered from the effects of lead poisoning to hold the manufacturers accountable. This bill died in the House Judiciary Committee.
No Net Loss of Forests:
SB 666/ HB 1291 (Sen. Pinsky, Del. Bobo) attempts to maintain the amount of forestcover in Maryland.
Private Wastewater Treatment Act of 2009:
SB 721/ HB 1105 (Sen. Pinsky, Del. Frush) prohibits the installationof an individual sewage system for residential use.
Green Jobs/ Welfare to Work:
SB 992/ HB 268 (Sen. Kelley, Del. Rosenberg) creates a pathway for people onwelfare to get a job in the emerging clean energy economy.
SB 917/ HB 929 (Sen. Lenett, Del. Hubbard) would have required reporting of some pesticides usesto MDA. This bill died in the House committee.
SB 554/ HB 176 Sen. Lenett, Del. Lafferty
Failed septic systems cause about 7% of the nutrient pollution in the Bay and 20-30% in parts of the Critical Areas. SB554/ HB 176 requires that nitrogen removing technology be installed on new septic systems within theCritical Areas. Maryland, by approving this measure with the narrowest of margins (24-23) in the Senate, will now be anational leader in this endeavor. The Chesapeake Bay Trust Fund will be used to help finance these important up-grades.