DNR 2015 Session Legislative Report

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This report provides a summary of actions during the 2015 General Assembly session that had important impacts on the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

As in previous years, the Department of Natural Resources initiated and supported legislation consistent with the Department’s stewardship role and mission of preserving, protecting, restoring, and enhancing the State’s natural resources.

A thorough summary of actions taken during the legislative session is contained in The 90 Day Report written by the Department of Legislative Services. Part K of the report describes actions related to natural resources, environment and agriculture. Part A includes the FY 2015 budget.

Detailed budget information is contained in the bills that enacted the fiscal year 2015 operating and capital budgets (HB 70 and HB 71), the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2015 (BRFA – HB 72), and the Joint Chairmen’s Report on the Fiscal 2016 State Operating Budget (HB 70) and the State Capital Budget (HB 71) and related recommendations.

Texts of bills and fiscal notes, recordings of hearings and floor debates, and other detailed information on legislation and issues related to the Maryland General Assembly are available online at http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frm1st.aspx?tab=home.

During the Maryland General Assembly’s 2015 session 2,248 pieces of legislation were introduced and 692 (31 percent) were passed by both the Senate and the House of Delegates. DNR’s Legislative Office tracked 237 bills and provided 75 bill reports expressing support of or opposition to individual bills, or providing background information. DNR provided information to the Department of Legislative Services for 118 Fiscal and Policy Notes.

Our shared success during the 2015 legislative session would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of the many people throughout DNR who provided critical assistance and expertise. Special thanks to Legislative Coordinator Lisa Eutsler and Legislative Fellow Joshua Moore, who were indispensable members of our team.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Department’s Legislative Office at 410-260-8107 with any questions or comments.

Richard D. Norling
Legislative Director
Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Download 2015 DNR Session Legislative Report