ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The House of Delegates has passed a bill that would extend wildland protection to nearly 22,000 more acres of state-owned land.
Delegates passed the measure 99-36 Tuesday. The Senate unanimously passed a similar bill on Feb. 14, but the two houses have not yet taken up the same version.READ MORE: Fallout After Baltimore County Police Union Votes "No Confidence" In Chief Melissa Hyatt
Del. Mike McDermott, a Worcester County Republican, objected to provisions that would restrict park projects like boat ramps and new trail systems, saying, “It handcuffs our future.”READ MORE: Maryland Offers "Full Support" After 14 Children, 1 Teacher Killed In Texas Elementary School Shooting
But Del. Wendell Beitzel, also a Republican, said wildlands give a valuable glimpse of Maryland before any development occurred here.
The House adopted an amendment from McDermott to allow limited management on two wildlands in his area, such as improving the habitat for certain wildlife and establishing access roads.MORE NEWS: 14 Students, 1 Teacher Killed In Shooting At Texas Elementary School, Governor Says
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