The Maryland General Assembly has adjourned, primary day has passed and now the focus shifts from politics and policy in Annapolis to our gorgeous state lands and waterways. While you may be focusing on repairing your crab pots, staking out wild turkeys, preparing for Park Quest or unwrapping your boat for the summer, I wanted to take a moment to recap the most recent legislative session…and boy, was it a busy one.
The department tracked more than 150 proposed bills, which covered a gamut of areas, interests and issues from aquaculture and boating to forestry and wildlife. While a majority of the proposals were never enrolled (considered/passed), over 60 bills passed both chambers and now await a decision from Governor Larry Hogan.
Of the bills that have been passed and signed so far, here are a few of note:
At the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, we take the responsibility of educating, engaging and informing the public about legislative proposals and laws seriously and have developed a website to do just that. I encourage you to visit our new legislation page to view these bills in more detail as well as our presentations and testimony.
Natural Resources Secretary
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