Skip to comments.What did pass the Maryland General Assembly
Posted on 04/11/2012 5:15:04 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Although negotiations over a package of tax increases and a proposed casino collapsed Monday night, the Maryland General Assembly passed a lot of bills this session 791, to be exact. Of those, 96 percent were passed in the last week, including hundreds in the hours and minutes before midnight on Monday. Here are some highlights from the 90-day sessions last day:
The Senate spent much of the sessions waning hours fiercely debating a stormwater fee bill that was on few peoples radar earlier in the session. The bill requires localities to fund projects to reduce polluted runoff from roads, buildings and parking lots. It has been introduced before, but it gained unexpected momentum this year after Gov. Martin OMalley (D) scaled back his flush tax proposal.
Republicans attempted a filibuster, with Senate Minority Leader E. J. Pipkin (R-Queen Annes) alone offering over 10 amendments. In effect, what were saying is were going to tax rain water, Pipkin said.
The Senate shut down debate and approved the bill shortly before midnight. In the House, Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) hurriedly ushered it to passage before Republicans in that chamber could mount a challenge.
The law will apply to Marylands nine largest counties and Baltimore, although Montgomery County is exempt because it has a similar fund already. The Senate adopted an amendment to exempt government property and volunteer fire departments from paying the fee.
Localities will set their own fees based on the amount of land covered by pavement, sidewalks and rooftops. But fees could be reduced for landowners with swales, rain barrels and other means of reducing pollution runoff.
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Maryland “Freak State” PING!
Yes, but no gas tax increase.
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