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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Annapolis - 2008 Enviromental Legislative Wrap-up

Maryland's 2008 General Assembly session finished last night, and I have a few highlights on the environmental bills that failed or passed

Global warming: Strongest, most comprehensive global warming legislation in the nation, was weekend by a "poison pill"' amendment on the Senate floor, and than killed in the House Economic Matters committee

Energy Efficiency: Four bills passed that will save Marylanders $4.1 billion

Cleaning up the Bay: Legislation passed to achieve nutrient pollution reduction and water quality improvements, but the General Assembly cut 25 million from Bay Trust Fund

Critical area Reform : Passed a bill to limit development in critical bay areas.

Intercounty Connector (ICC): Bills to halt the ICC, eliminate funding, and require global warming impact study died in committee

Smart Growth; Two bills passed to make use of transit investment, promote walkable communities, and steer growth to locations convenient to mass transit.

If you have read this far your either a Legislative junkie, enviromental nut, or you have been drinking too much coffee. In any case may I suggest


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, thanks for the link! I read your blog often, this was a pleasant surprise.

~ryan at MDLCV

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ryan let me know what you think of the subject matter, if you get a chance to read this over the next couple of months. Thanks Jim

1:23 PM  

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