Recent Legislation

2019 Legislative Session

The following are bills passed during the Maryland's 2019 Legislative Session that relate to Land and Materials Administration's programs.
  • HB 0036 Ch. 136 - Surface Mining - Zone of Dewatering Influence - Remedies.  Requiring a surface mining permittee, on the discovery of a sudden subsidence of the surface of the land, to immediately implement appropriate safety measures to protect public health and safety; requiring a surface mining permittee to permanently replace a water supply within a certain zone of dewatering influence within 45 days of the date on which the permittee knew of the water supply failure; authorizing a surface mining permittee to seek reimbursement for water supply replacement costs under certain circumstances; etc.  Sections 15-801, 15-812, and 15-813 of the Environment Article, Annotated Code of Maryland.

  • HB 0109 Ch. 579 - Environment - Expanded Polystyrene Food Service Products - Prohibitions.  Prohibiting a person from selling in the State an expanded polystyrene food service product on or after July 1, 2020; prohibiting food service businesses or schools from selling or providing food or beverages in expanded polystyrene food service products on or after July 1, 2020; confirming the authority of local government entities to establish standards that are at least as stringent as those in the Act; requiring the Department of the Environment to conduct a public education and outreach antilittering campaign; etc.  Sections 9-2201 through 9-2207 of the Environment Article, Annotated Code of Maryland.

  • HB 0510 Ch. 366 - Organic Waste - Organics Recycling - Collection and Acceptance for Final Disposal.  Prohibiting the owner or operator of a refuse disposal system from accepting loads of separately collected organic waste for final disposal unless the owner or operator provides for the organics recycling of the organic waste; authorizing that loads of separately collected food waste that are determined by an organics recycling facility to be unacceptable for recycling due to contamination may be accepted by a refuse disposal system for final disposal; etc.  Section 9-1701, 9-1723, and 9-1724 of the Environment Article, Annotated Code of Maryland.

  • HB 1233 Ch. 341 - Environment - Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing - Elevated Blood Lead Levels and Environmental Investigations (Maryland Healthy Children Act).  Reducing the elevated blood lead level that initiates certain case management, notification, and lead risk reduction requirements in owner-occupied and affected properties; altering certain notification requirements triggered by the results of a certain blood test; requiring the Department of the Environment to adopt certain regulations, on or before July 1, 2020, for conducting certain environmental investigations in accordance with certain requirements; etc.  Sections 6-304 and 6-305, 6-801, 6-819, 6-846 of the Environment Article, Annotated Code of Maryland.

  • SB 0370 Ch. 500 - Environment - Recycling - Office Buildings.  Requiring a county to address, in a recycling plan required to be submitted to the Secretary of the Environment, the collection and recycling of recyclable materials from buildings that are 150,000 square feet or greater of office space; requiring each owner of an office building to provide recycling receptacles for the collection of recyclable materials and for the removal of certain materials for further recycling by October 1, 2021; authorizing certain enforcement units to conduct certain inspections; etc.  Sections 9-1701, 9-1703, and 9-1714 of the Environment Article, Annotated Code of Maryland.

  • SB 0546 Ch. 760 - Agriculture - Nutrient Management - Monitoring and Enforcement.  Requiring that a summary of each nutrient management plan be filed and updated with the Department of Agriculture at certain times; authorizing the Department to require an updated summary to take the form of an annual implementation report; requiring a manure broker to provide certain information to a certain person; requiring a person who holds a certain certificate or license to comply with certain reporting requirements and deadlines related to implementation of the Phosphorus Management Tool; etc.  Sections Article - Agriculture (8-801.1, 8-​803, 8-803.1, 8-807); Article - Environment (9-301, 9-323, 9-325); Article - Natural Resources (8-2A-05), Annotated Code of Maryland.

  • SB 1031 Ch. 772 - Environment - Maryland Oil Disaster Containment, Clean-Up and Contingency Fund and Oil Contaminated Site Environmental Cleanup Fund - Funding, Reallocation, and Reimbursements.  Altering the basis for calculating a certain license fee credited to the Maryland Oil Disaster Containment, Clean-Up and Contingency Fund and the Oil Contaminated Site Environmental Cleanup Fund; expanding, to include fiscal years 2020 and 2021, the purposes for which the Department of the Environment may use money in the Maryland Oil Disaster Containment, Clean-Up and Contingency Fund; etc.  Sections 4-411 and 4-705​ of the Environment Article, Annotated Code of Maryland.

2018 Legislative Session

The following are bills passed during the Maryland's 2018 Legislative Session that relate to Land and Materials Administration's programs.

2017 Legislative Session

The following are bills passed during the Maryland's 2017 Legislative Session that relate to Land and Materials Administration's programs.

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