ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — State-mandated stormwater fees would end under a bill that cleared the Maryland House of Delegates.
The House voted 138-1 to the bill Monday night.READ MORE: Baltimore County Police Union Says It Has Lost Confidence In Leadership Of BCPD Chief Melissa Hyatt
Delegates made some changes that still have to be approved by the Senate before adjournment at midnight.
Critics have described the 2012 law as a “rain tax.” While the bill ends state-mandated fees, it still requires local officials to prove they can pay to meet federal requirements to clean up polluted stormwater.READ MORE: Technical Problems Raise Transparency Concerns In Latest Marilyn Mosby Criminal Case Hearing
The House added on a $10,000-per-day fine for a jurisdiction that doesn’t meet requirements.
Gov. Larry Hogan campaigned against the fees. While the bill that passed isn’t the one he sponsored, Hogan has said he doesn’t care who gets the credit for ending the state-mandated fees.
It affects nine counties and Baltimore city.MORE NEWS: Hogan Calls On Franchot To 'Halt Or Minimalize' Pending Gas Tax Increase; Comptroller Says Executive Action Is Needed
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