The 2016 Maryland General Assembly is off to the races with close to 1,000 bills under consideration. Among the legislation introduced into this year’s mix are many important bills concerning environmental issues, which are described below. Big changes happen during Maryland’s short legislative sessions, and Maryland gets high marks for taking the lead on environmental issues.
Maryland is one of a few states that deregulated utilities giving homeowners the ability to choose climate-friendly electricity and natural gas options. Maryland is one of ten states supporting community solar, and offers its residents EmPOWER Maryland energy efficiency programs with up to $4,300 in rebates. The 2009 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act enacted limits on our state’s pollution levels long before some states will even utter “climate change.” Chesapeake Bay clean-up legislation – waste treatment plant fee, stormwater management fees, and the detergent phosphate ban – have made inroads in reducing harmful water pollution.