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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Legislature has passed a controversial bill that limits where new septic systems can be installed.

The Senate voted 32-15 Monday to accept House of Delegates changes to the legislation, a priority of Gov. Martin O’Malley.

The bill creates a four-tiered system that limits where developers can build residential subdivisions that use septic systems rather than public water and sewer services.

Some lawmakers say the bill was significantly weakened when the Senate amended it, taking away any ability of the state to overturn county plans.

Opponents continue to argue that it usurps local planning authority and reduces the property values of farmers who may have hoped to subdivide their property for income.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. anti-liberal says:

    55 million gallons of raw sewage into the Patapsco, and the geniuses in Annapolis decide that septic system are the problem.

    Environmental regs in Maryland punish those with no to little voice, and the urban areas can pollute all they want. If they restrict Republican areas, they (Diabolical Dems) can keep thier stranglehold of power.

    This is not saving the bay, it is punishing political enemies of Annapolis.

  2. Robert J. Willick says:

    This is just the 1st step in the implementation of the U.N.’s Agenda 21. Do a little research on “Agenda 21” and find out what the ultimate goal is.

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