This report provides a summary of actions during the 2014 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. The Department’s key legislative priorities in the 2014 session were:
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 (SB 170 and SB 171), the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2014 (BRFA – SB 172), and the Joint Chairmen’s Report on the Fiscal 2015 State Operating Budget (SB 170) and the State Capital Budget (SB 171) 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 2014 session 2,693 pieces of legislation were introduced and 814 (30%) were passed by both the Senate and the House of Delegates. DNR’s Legislative Office tracked 335 bills and provided 150 bill reports expressing support of or opposition to individual bills or providing background information. DNR provided information to the Department of Legislative Services for 136 Fiscal and Policy Notes.
Our shared success during the 2014 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 Assistant Eileen Mosley and Legislative Fellow Sean McTamany, who were indispensable members of our legislative team.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Department’s Legislative Office at 410-260-8107 with any questions or comments.
Richard D. Norling
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
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