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Legislative

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House Bill 80 Concerning the applicability of Nutrient Management Plans.
This bill serves to increase the minimum gross income of an agricultural operation subject to nutrient management plan requirements.  Old law minimum was $2,500; proposed new minimum is $10,000.  This means those ag operations who gross less than $10,000 annually would not have to file nutrient management plans.
Our position We take no opposing position.
Update:  Status failed

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Senate Bill 114 Concerning the establishment of additional requirements for obtaining a permit for cutting down or trimming roadside trees.
Based on our review of this bill, and input of the Maryland Arborist Association, this bill has no impact on the industry.  It is reinforcement of current law.
Our position We take no opposing position.
Update:
Status failed

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House Bill 420 Concerning Pesticide Registration Fees.
This bill serves to alter the fees for registering a pesticide with the Secretary of Ag. (Distributors are required to register with the MDA each brand or product name, annually, before distributing it in the state of MD).
Raises annual fee to register or terminate a pesticide registration from $60 to $100.
Hearing date Wed., Feb 19th 1:00.
Our position none taken, yet, pending further review of impact the industry.

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House Bill 393  - Concerning the amounts of criminal penalties applicable to and enforcement of laws regarding sediment control, storm water management and wetlands program violations, etc.
This bill serves to impose civil penalties for violations of sediment control, storm water management and related control programs.  It also allows the court to order restoration of the area unlawfully disturbed. 
Hearing date Feb 20th.
Our position we have not taken a position on this legislation, pending further review.
Update: 
Passed

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House Bill 503 Concerning establishment of a Maryland Pesticide Advisory Council
Hearing Date February 26
Our position Opposed The MD Department of Agriculture already has a pesticide advisory council
Update:
Withdrawn

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Senate Bill 540  - Concerning Use and Access of Restricted Use Pesticide.
This bill would require, under certain circumstances, employers to conduct criminal background checks; prohibits certain persons from using, applying, etc. restricted use pesticides; provides civil penalties for violations; requires MDA to establish a tracking system of pesticide purchases  . . .
This bill was proposed last year, but was killed late in the session.
Hearing date March 7.  MaGIC is prepared to testify against this bill.
Our position opposed.

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Senate Bill 617 Concerning the Suspension of Enforcement of Nutrient Management Penalties
This bill would extend the period of nutrient management compliance enforcement from June 1, 2003 to September 30, 2004.
Hearing Date March 7
Our position We take no opposing position

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Senate Bill 643 Concerning Sales and Use Tax Exemptions on Ag Products
This bill would make non-exempt from sales and use tax the sales (for ag. purposes) of the following items:  fertilizer, fungicide, herbicide, and insecticide.
Hearing Date March 12.  MaGic is prepared to testify against this bill.
Our position opposed. 

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House Bill 1053 Concerning the Increase of MD Sales and Use Tax Rate
This bill would raise the MD sales and use tax by 20% - from 5% to 6%.
Hearing date not yet scheduled
Our position opposed.

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House Bill 1076 Concerning approval of the use of surge brakes in intrastate travel
This bill would allow the use of surge brakes on recreational and commercial vehicles in intrastate travel.  The Maryland Department of Transportation supports the bill with the amendment to exclude commercial vehicles from using surge brakes.  The MDOT's rationale - surge brakes are illegal on commercial vehicles in interstate travel.  This bill would, as written, support a double standard, as compared to federal law.
Our position - not yet established

 

Environmental Matters Committee

P.O. Box 726 - Brooklandville, Maryland 21022
Phone: 410-823-8684  Fax: 410-296-8288   E-mail: mnacma@aol.com