Climate Change and the 2022 Session

The UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland expects to support several bills in the 2022 legislative session:

 

Priority Bills

  • HB 596 SB 783 - Environmental Human Rights Amendment to the State Constitution

  • SB 528  - Climate Solutions Now Act

House Bills in Climate Solutions Now

  • HB 108/SB 524 - Public Utilities - Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programs - Energy Performance Targets and Low-Income Housing

  • HB 10/SB 61 - Maryland Transit Administration - Conversion to Zero-Emission Buses (Zero-Emission Bus Transition

Bills of High Interest

  • HB 141/ SB 23 - Equity in Transportation Sector - Guidelines and Analyses

  • HB 171/SB 135 - Climate Crisis and Environmental Justice Act

  • HB 307/SB 292 - Environment - Packaging Materials - Producer Responsibility

HB 596 SB 783: Environmental Human Rights Amendment

Provisions of the Amendment

  • Each person has a fundamental and inalienable right to a healthful and sustainable environment and said right shall not be infringed.

  • The state, as trustee, shall protect, conserve, and enhance Maryland’s natural resources, including its air, lands, waters, wildlife, and ecosystems, for the benefit of both present and future generations.

 

Rabbi Nina Cardin, Director of the Maryland Campaign for Environmental Human RIghts (mdehr.org), spoke to the UULM-MD 2022 Legislative Kickoff. A video of her remarks is here.

 

As human beings, we depend on clean air, clean water, healthy soil, and a stable environment. Without these essentials, all other rights are jeopardized. As you can see from the image below, Maryland residents face increasing exposure of pollutants in the air, water, and land which have negatively impacted public health with increased rates of lung disorders, heart disease and cancer. Even worse, the pandemic revealed that these disparities in exposure to air pollution also increased the likelihood of developing Covid19 in black and brown communities.

 

We can and must do better for our communities:from Maryland landfills with harmful greenhouse gas emissions, to the CAFOs and nitrate pollution on the Eastern shore, to concentrated power plants and superfund sites in Prince George’s and Calvert Counties, to PFAS contaminating drinking water in Montgomery County and fish in Piscataway Creek and the Potomac River, and many more. 

 

The consistent thread across these examples is the reality that communities of color and those who live in low-income neighborhoods are the communities bearing the burden of this pollution and the consequences of health disparities.  Our state has created systems that reinforce inequity from generation to generation and it’s time to make fundamental changes to those systems.

 

To amend the Constitution, the bill must pass each house of the Maryland General Assembly with at least 3/5 of the votes. After passage, the proposed amendment becomes a referendum in the November 2022 General Election. The voters decide!

 

In support of the passage of the Environmental Human Rights Amendment, UULM-MD is sponsoring the UU Kids for a Livable Planet an intergenerational, congregation-based campaign to persuade the Maryland General Assembly of the need for a constitutional amendment for environmental human rights (see: Maryland Campaign for Environmental Human Rights) and to pass climate justice and environmental protection bills supported by UULM-MD and our partners. We will also encourage and support the ministers of interested congregations to offer prophetic preaching, and pastoral support especially for teens and their parents, who may be anxious about climate change and disasters. A full description of the UU Kids for a Livable Planet project is here.

 

SB 528: Climate Solutions Now Act  (click here for detailed summary)

The Climate Solutions Now Act will be reintroduced this year after almost passing in the 2021 session. Senator Pinsky and Delegate Barve are working together to ensure passage.

 

The provisions of the Climate Solutions Now 2022 (CSN) will include the following provisions.

  • Sets Maryland on a path to net zero carbon emissions by 2045 with an interim goal of 60% reductions by 2030.

  • Requires Methane Emissions Measurements on a 20-year basis

  • Requires Agency Consideration of Climate.

  • Creates Green Bank: Climate Catalytic Capital Fund in Maryland Clean Energy Center to promote Environmental Justice and Leverage Private Capital to accomplish goals of CSN

  • Creates an Environmental Justice (EJ) & Sustainable Communities Commission

  • Creates a Just Transition Employment & Retraining Working Group to create systematic plans for workers displaced by the shift to clean, renewable energy

  • Creates a Maryland Climate Justice Corps

  • Creates a Zero-Emission Vehicle School Bus Transition Fund

  • Requires the electrification of the State Fleet to Zero Emission by 2030

  • New Construction for Schools: New Schools will be High Performance Buildings (don’t need to be net-zero or ready)

  • Requirements for State Facility Energy Procurement: by 2030, energy for state facilities shall be at least 75% low-carbon renewable energy source [Defined as solar, wind, geothermal, ocean, hydro-electric]

  • Requires the creation of new Buildings Electric Performance Codes

  • IGCC: International Green Construction Code

  • Requirements for Building Emission Standards (Existing Buildings).

  • Creates Climate Transition & Clean Energy Hub- to serve as clearinghouse for information on advanced technology and architectural solutions to reduce GHG emissions from building sector.

  • Creates Community Solar Tax Incentives:

  • Increases participation in EmPOWER Limited Income Energy Efficiency Program helps limited income households with installation of materials and equipment at no charge.

The House of Delegates and the Senate are taking different strategies, the Senate introduced an omnibus bill SB 528, while the House has introduced separate bills, similar to the Police Reform Act passed in 2021.  They are:

HB 806- Building Standards and Emissions Reductions - State and Local Buildings

HB 831- Reducing GHG Emissions - Commercial and Residential Buildings

HB 108- Low Income Housing Energy Efficiency

HB 11- Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard

HB 31-  Resiliency Hubs

HB 94- State Vehicle Fleet

HB 829- Zero-Emission Truck Act of 2022

For more information, please contact Climate Change Task Force Chair Phil Webster at ClimateChange@uulmmd.org.

Subject
Bill Number
XFile Bill Number
Title
Sponsor
Status
Current Location
Priority
Position
Action
Synopsis
Building standards
HB0806
Building Standards and Emissions Reductions – High Performance, State, and Local Government Buildings, State Operations, and Eligible Projects
Delegate Stein
Failed: no vote in committee
Appropriations
X
Support
Contact Delegate on Committee
Altering the definition of 'high performance building' to include certain schools and public safety buildings and require that the building meet certain building standards; requiring the Department of General Services to establish a maximum acceptable global warming potential for certain categories of eligible materials used in certain eligible projects; requiring a unit of State government to specify the eligible materials that will be used in an eligible project in the solicitation for an eligible project; etc.
Building Energy Performance Stds
HB0061
SB0081
Charter Counties - Enforcement of Local Building Performance Laws (Building Energy Performance Standards Act of 2022)
Delegate Stewart
Failed: no vote in committee
Environment and Transportation
X
Support
Testimony submitted
Authorizing charter counties to provide for the enforcement of local building energy performance laws by imposing civil fines not exceeding $10 per square foot of gross floor area.
Building Energy Performance Stds
SB0081
HB0061
Charter Counties - Enforcement of Local Building Performance Laws (Building Energy Performance Standards Act of 2022)
Senator Feldman
Failed: no vote in committee
Environment and Transportation
X
Support
Testimony submitted
Authorizing charter counties to provide for the enforcement of local building energy performance laws by imposing civil fines not exceeding $10 per square foot of gross floor area; and providing that a civil fine may be imposed under the Act only if construction on the building was completed at least 3 years and 1 day before the date the civil fine would be imposed.
Environmental Justice
HB0171
SB0135
Climate Crisis and Environmental Justice Act
Delegate Fraser-Hidalgo
Failed: no vote in committee
Economic Matters
X
Support
Testimony submitted
Requiring the State to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through various measures, including altering statewide greenhouse gas emissions reduction requirements so that after 2040 statewide greenhouse gas emissions are net negative; requiring the Department of the Environment to adopt a plan for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by December 31, 2022; establishing a Climate Crisis Council to develop a plan to meet the reduction targets set out in the Act; establishing a greenhouse gas pollution fee on certain fuels; etc.
Environmental Justice
SB0135
HB0171
Climate Crisis and Environmental Justice Act
Senator Kramer
Failed: no vote in committee
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
X
Support
Testimony submitted
Requiring the State to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through various measures, including altering statewide greenhouse gas emissions reduction requirements so that after 2040 statewide greenhouse gas emissions are net negative; requiring the Department of the Environment to adopt a plan for the reduction of statewide greenhouse gas emissions by December 31, 2022; establishing a Climate Crisis Council to develop a plan to meet the reduction targets set out in the Act; and establishing a greenhouse gas pollution fee on certain fuels.
Climate Solutions Now
SB0528
Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022
Senator Pinsky
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(b) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 38
Governor
X
Support
Contact Senator on Committee
Requiring the State to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions by altering statewide greenhouse gas emissions goals, establishing of a net-zero statewide greenhouse gas emissions goal, developing certain energy efficiency and emissions reduction requirements for certain buildings, requiring electric companies to increase their annual incremental gross energy savings, establishing certain zero-emission vehicle requirements for the State fleet, and establishing an electric school bus pilot program; etc.
Comprehensive Solutions
HB0708
Comprehensive Climate Solutions
Delegate Barve
Failed: no vote in committee
Economic Matters
X
Support
Signed onto testimony
Requiring the State to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions through the use of various measures, including the alteration of statewide greenhouse gas emissions goals, the establishment of a net-zero statewide greenhouse gas emissions goal, requiring gas companies and electric companies to provide certain programs and services, and requiring electric companies to increase their annual incremental gross energy savings through certain programs and services; etc.
Environmental Rights Amendment
HB0596
SB0783
Constitutional Amendment - Environmental Rights
Delegate Fisher, W.
Failed: no vote in committee
Environment and Transportation
X
Support
Contact Delegate on Committee
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Maryland to establish that every person has the fundamental and inalienable right to a healthful and sustainable environment; and requiring the State to serve as the trustee of the State's natural resources, including the air, land, water, wildlife, and ecosystems of the State, and to conserve, protect, and enhance the State's natural resources for the benefit of every person, including present and future generations.
Environmental Rights Amendment
SB0783
HB0596
Constitutional Amendment - Environmental Rights
Senator Smith
Failed: no vote in committee
Judicial Proceedings
X
Support
Contact Senator on Committee
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Maryland to establish that every person has the fundamental and inalienable right to a healthful and sustainable environment; and requiring the State to serve as the trustee of the State's natural resources, including the air, land, water, wildlife, and ecosystems of the State, and to conserve, protect, and enhance the State's natural resources for the benefit of every person, including present and future generations.
Zero-emission trucks
HB0829
SB0687
Department of the Environment – Zero–Emission Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicles – Regulations (Zero–Emission Truck Act of 2022)
Delegate Love
Failed: no vote in committee
Environment and Transportation
X
Support
Contact Delegate on Committee
Requiring the Department of the Environment to adopt regulations on or before December 1, 2022, establishing requirements for the sale of new zero-emission medium and heavy duty vehicles in the State.
Zero-emission trucks
SB0687
HB0829
Department of the Environment – Zero–Emission Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicles – Regulations (Zero–Emission Truck Act of 2022)
Senator Young
Failed: no vote in committee
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
X
Support
Contact Delegate on Committee
Requiring the Department of the Environment to adopt regulations on or before December 1, 2022, establishing requirements for the sale of new zero-emission medium and heavy duty vehicles in the State.
Energy Distribution
HB0088
SB0525
Electric Distribution System Planning and Required Labor Standards
Delegate Charkoudian
Failed: no vote in committee
Finance
X
Support
Testimony submitted
Establishing certain State policy goals with regard to the State's electric distribution system; requiring the Public Service Commission and the Maryland Energy Administration to provide assistance and support to electric companies for applying for and obtaining access to certain federal funds to meet the State's policy goals for the electric distribution system; requiring the Administration to identify certain funding sources; establishing labor standards for contractors and subcontractors participating in certain projects; etc.
Producer & packaging
HB0307
SB0292
Environment - Packaging Materials - Producer Responsibility
Delegate Lierman
Failed: no vote in committee
Environment and Transportation
X
Support
Testimony submitted
Requiring the Department of Environment to conduct a statewide recycling needs assessment every 10 years; requiring, by April 1, 2024, producers of certain packaging materials to individually or as part of a producer responsibility organization submit a producer responsibility plan to the Department for approval; prohibiting, on or after October 1, 2024, a producer of certain packaging materials from selling or distributing the packaging materials unless the producer has an approved producer responsibility plan; etc.
Producer & packaging
SB0292
HB0307
Environment - Packaging Materials - Producer Responsibility
Senator Augustine
Failed: no vote in committee
Finance
X
Support
Testimony submitted
Requiring the Department of the Environment to conduct a statewide recycling needs assessment every 10 years; requiring, by April 1, 2024, producers of certain packaging materials to individually or as part of a producer responsibility organization submit a producer responsibility plan to the Department for approval; prohibiting, on or after October 1, 2024, a producer of certain packaging materials from selling or distributing the packaging materials unless the producer has an approved producer responsibility plan; etc.
Equity in Transportation
HB0141
SB0023
Equity in Transportation Sector - Guidelines and Analyses
Delegate Ruth
Returned Passed
Governor
X
Support
Signed onto testimony
Requiring that equity be considered when State transportation plans, reports, and goals are developed; altering the membership of the advisory committee on State transportation goals; requiring the Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the Maryland Transportation Administration, to conduct a transit equity analyses and consult with certain communities before announcing any reduction or cancellation of a capital expansion project in the construction program of the Consolidated Transportation Program; etc.
Equity in Transportation
SB0023
HB0141
Equity in Transportation Sector - Guidelines and Analyses
Senator Carter
Failed: not referred to standing committee
Rules and Executive Nominations
X
Support
Signed onto testimony
Requiring that equity be considered when State transportation plans, reports, and goals are developed; altering the membership of the advisory committee on State transportation goals, benchmarks, and indicators; requiring the Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the Maryland Transportation Administration, to conduct certain analyses and consult with certain communities before announcing any reduction or cancellation of a certain project in the construction program of the Consolidated Transportation Program; etc.
Resiliency Hubs
HB0031
SB0256
Maryland Energy Administration – Resiliency Hub Grant Program and Fund
Delegate Charkoudian
Returned Passed
Governor
X
Support
Contact Delegate on Committee
Establishing the Resiliency Hub Grant Program in the Maryland Energy Administration to develop resiliency hubs that serve low- and moderate-income households at no cost to the households; defining 'resiliency hub' as a location where solar photovoltaic and battery energy storage are designed to provide electricity during extended grid outages; requiring the Administration to establish certain procedures and criteria for the Program; requiring that certain fines and penalties be credited to a certain fund; etc.
Resiliency Hubs
SB0256
HB0031
Maryland Energy Administration – Resiliency Hub Grant Program and Fund
Senator Beidle
Returned Passed
Governor
X
Support
Contact Senator on Committee
Establishing the Resiliency Hub Grant Program in the Maryland Energy Administration to develop resiliency hubs that serve low- and moderate-income households at no cost to the households; defining 'resiliency hub' as a location where solar photovoltaic and battery energy storage are designed to provide electricity during extended grid outages; requiring the Administration to establish certain procedures and criteria for the Program; requiring that certain fines and penalties be credited to a certain fund; etc.
Zero-emission buses
HB0010
SB0061
Maryland Transit Administration - Conversion to Zero-Emission Buses (Zero-Emission Bus Transition Act Revisions)
Delegate Korman
Returned Passed
Governor
X
Support
Contact Delegate on Committee
Requiring the Maryland Transit Administration to provide certain safety and workforce development training for its operations training workforce and its maintenance workforce; requiring the Administration's annual report on the implementation of the conversion of the State's transit bus fleet to zero-emission buses to include a plan that ensures certain employee protections and a certification that the Administration is adhering to the plan.
Zero-emission buses
SB0061
HB0010
Maryland Transit Administration - Conversion to Zero-Emission Buses (Zero-Emission Bus Transition Act Revisions)
Senator Zucker
Returned Passed
Governor
X
Support
Contact Delegate on Committee
Requiring the Maryland Transit Administration to provide certain safety and workforce development training for its operations training workforce and its maintenance workforce; requiring the Administration's annual report on the implementation of the conversion of the State's transit bus fleet to zero-emission buses to include a plan that ensures certain employee protections and a certification that the Administration is adhering to the plan; etc.
Energy Distribution
SB0525
HB0088
Public Utilities - Energy Distribution Planning and Required Labor Standards
Senator Feldman
Failed: no vote in committee
Finance
X
Support
Testimony submitted
Establishing the Distribution System Planning Workgroup to study issues related to energy distribution planning and implementation; requiring the Public Service Commission to adopt regulations on or before January 1, 2024, related to energy distribution planning and implementation; requiring the Commission and the Maryland Energy Administration to coordinate efforts with utilities to apply for certain federal funds; and establishing labor standards for contractors and subcontractors participating in certain projects.
Low Income Housing Energy Efficiency
HB0108
SB0524
Public Utilities - Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programs - Energy Performance Targets and Low-Income Housing
Delegate Charkoudian
Returned Passed
Governor
X
Support
Contact Delegate on Committee
Requiring the Department of Housing and Community Development to procure or provide for electricity customers energy efficiency and conservation programs and services designed to achieve an annual incremental gross energy savings of at least 0.4% starting in 2023; requiring the Department to develop a plan to coordinate and leverage funding sources to support certain energy efficiency and other home upgrades and a plan to provide energy efficiency retrofits to all low-income households by 2030; etc.
Low Income Housing Energy Efficiency
SB0524
HB0108
Public Utilities - Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programs - Energy Performance Targets and Low-Income Housing
Senator Feldman
Returned Passed
Governor
X
Support
Contact Senator on Committee
Requiring the Department of Housing and Community Development to procure or provide for electricity customers energy efficiency and conservation programs and services designed to achieve an annual incremental gross energy savings of at least 0.4% starting in 2023; requiring the Department to develop a plan to coordinate and leverage funding sources to support certain energy efficiency and other home upgrades and a plan to provide energy efficiency retrofits to all low-income households by 2030; etc.
Commercial & residential buildings
HB0831
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Commercial and Residential Buildings
Delegate Stein
Failed: no vote in committee
Environment and Transportation
X
Support
Contact Delegate on Committee
Requiring the Department of the Environment to establish building emissions standards for certain commercial and residential buildings; establishing the Building Energy Transition Implementation Task Force to study certain matters and develop a plan for funding the retrofit of certain buildings; and requiring the Maryland Department of Labor to update the Maryland Building Performance Standards.
Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard
HB0011
Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard – Tier 1 Renewable Source – Alterations (Reclaim Renewable Energy Act of 2022)
Delegate Stewart
Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters; Withdrawn
X
Support
Signed onto testimony
Altering the definition of 'Tier 1 renewable source' for purposes of excluding energy derived from qualifying biomass, methane from the anaerobic decomposition of organic materials, certain fuel cells, poultry litter-to-energy, waste-to-energy, refuse-derived fuel, and thermal energy from a thermal biomass system from being eligible for inclusion in the renewable energy portfolio standard.
State Vehicle Fleet
HB0094
State Vehicle Fleet - Conversion to Zero-Emission Passenger Cars and Other Light-Duty Vehicles
Delegate Fraser-Hidalgo
Failed: no vote in committee
Budget and Taxation
X
Support
Contact Senator on Committee
Requiring the State to ensure that a certain minimum percent of passenger cars and other light-duty vehicles purchased for the State vehicle fleet in certain fiscal years are zero-emission vehicles, subject to the availability of funding; requiring the Department of General Services to ensure the development of charging infrastructure to support the operation of the zero-emission vehicles in the State vehicle fleet; and requiring a certain annual report to the General Assembly regarding the conversion to zero-emission vehicles.
Urban Farming
HB0540
SB0437
Agriculture - University of Maryland Extension - Urban Farmer Assistance
Delegate Henson
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 172
Support
Signed onto testimony
Requiring the University of Maryland Extension to hire an extension agent dedicated to urban farm production methods and crop management and an extension agent dedicated to urban farm and agribusiness management; requiring the agents to perform certain applied research and provide certain education to urban farmers; and requiring the Governor to annually include $300,000 in the annual budget bill for the extension agents hired under the Act.
Urban Farming
SB0437
HB0540
Agriculture - University of Maryland Extension - Urban Farmer Assistance
Senator McCray
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 173
Support
Signed onto testimony
Requiring the University of Maryland Extension to hire an extension agent dedicated to urban farm production methods and crop management and an extension agent dedicated to urban farm and agribusiness management; requiring the agents to perform certain applied research and provide certain education to urban farmers; and requiring the Governor to annually include $300,000 in the annual budget bill for the extension agents hired under the Act.
AG suits
HB0363
Attorney General - Climate Change Actions - Authorization
Delegate Ruth
Failed: no vote in committee
Health and Government Operations
Support
Signed onto testimony
Authorizing the Attorney General to investigate, commence, and prosecute or defend any suit or action that holds accountable a publicly traded entity with a market capitalization greater than $1,000,000,000 or its subsidiaries for tortious or otherwise unlawful conduct that has contributed to climate change; and authorizing the Attorney General to hire outside counsel on a contingency fee basis to assist with an action under the Act if the Attorney General makes a determination that it is in the best interests of the State.
Community solar commission
HB0936
SB0999
Blue Ribbon Community Solar Land Use Commission
Delegate Barve
Failed: no vote in committee
Finance
Establishing the Blue Ribbon Community Solar Land Use Commission to study and make recommendations regarding the land use needs to meet the full generation capacity authorized under the Community Solar Energy Generating Systems Pilot Program; and requiring the Commission to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 1, 2022.
Green Buildings
SB0588
HB1165
Capital Projects - High Performance and Green Buildings
Senator Hettleman
Failed: no vote in committee
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
Altering the definition of 'high performance building' to include certain schools and public safety buildings; altering the definition of 'major renovation' to mean a renovation of a certain size or value or resulting in a change in occupancy or replacement of certain utility installations; altering the type of capital projects to which certain high performance building standards apply; repealing a requirement that the Maryland Green Building Council develop certain guidelines for new public school buildings; etc.
Clean Cars
HB1391
Clean Cars Act of 2022
Delegate Fraser-Hidalgo
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 234
Establishing the Medium-Duty and Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicle Grant Program for certain vehicles and equipment to be administered by the Maryland Energy Administration; altering, for certain fiscal years, the vehicle excise tax credit for the purchase of certain electric vehicles; decreasing, from $63,000 to $50,000, for purposes of the electric vehicle excise tax credit, the limitation on the maximum base purchase price of certain electric vehicles; reducing the vehicle excise tax credit for certain electric drive vehicles; etc.
Community healthy air
HB0798
Community Healthy Air Act
Delegate Jalisi
Failed: no vote in committee
Environment and Transportation
Establishing the Committee on Air Quality to create, on or before January 1, 2023, an air quality sampling and monitoring protocol for the collection of air quality and public health data associated with certain large animal-feeding operations.
Comunity solar-property tax exemption
HB0076
SB0264
Community Solar Energy Generating Systems - Exemption From Property Taxes
Delegate Smith
Returned Passed
Governor
Exempting certain community solar energy generating systems from personal property taxes; prohibiting the supervisor of a county or a municipal corporation from accepting applications for the exemption after December 31, 2024; and requiring the Department of Assessments and Taxation to report to certain committees of the General Assembly, by October 1 each year on the number and location of projects that, in the immediately preceding taxable year, have received the exemption.
Comunity solar-property tax exemption
SB0264
HB0076
Community Solar Energy Generating Systems - Exemption From Property Taxes
Senator Elfreth
Failed: no vote in committee
Ways and Means
Support
Signed onto testimony
Exempting from personal property taxes a community solar energy generating system that provides at least 50% of the energy it produces to low- or moderate-income customers at a cost that is at least 20% less than the amount charged by the electric company that serves the area where the system is located and is installed on a rooftop, parking facility canopy, or brownfield; prohibiting the supervisor of a county or a municipal corporation from accepting applications for the exemption after December 31, 2024; etc.
Conservation finance
HB0653
SB0348
Conservation Finance Act
Delegate Love
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 237
Providing that the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Maryland Environmental Trust must allow participants in certain cost-sharing programs to participate in and receive compensation from greenhouse gas markets, carbon credits, or soil carbon programs under certain circumstances; authorizing certain units to enter into pay-for-success contracts with certain aggregators to procure certain environmental outcomes projects or already certified environmental outcomes; etc.
Conservation finance
SB0348
HB0653
Conservation Finance Act
Senator Elfreth
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 238
Providing that the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Maryland Environmental Trust must allow participants in certain cost sharing programs to participate in and receive compensation from greenhouse gas markets, carbon credits, or soil carbon programs under certain circumstances; authorizing certain units to enter into pay-for-success contracts with certain aggregators to procure certain environmental outcomes projects or already certified environmental outcomes; etc.
Sustainable Buildings
HB0043
Department of General Services – Energy–Conserving Standards (Maryland Sustainable Buildings Act of 2022)
Delegate Hill
Failed: no vote in committee
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
Requiring the Department of General Services to establish and periodically update standards for State buildings to conserve energy and minimize adverse impacts on birds; requiring the Maryland Green Building Council to include the standards in any requirements that the Council establishes for participation in a higher-performance building program in the State; and defining 'State building'.
Community solar capacity
SB0110
HB0440
Electricity - Community Solar Energy Generating Systems - Generating Capacity
Senator Kramer
Failed: no vote in committee
Finance
Increasing the maximum generating capacity of a community solar energy generating system from 2 megawatts to 5 megawatts.
Community solar capacity
HB0440
SB0110
Electricity - Community Solar Energy Generating Systems - Net Energy Metering and Generating Capacity
Delegate Clippinger
Returned Passed
Governor
Altering the maximum generating capacity of a community solar energy generating system for purposes of net energy metering; increasing the maximum generating capacity of a community solar energy generating system from 2 megawatts to 5 megawatts; and specifying that a community solar energy generating system is not a generating station if the generating capacity of the community solar energy generating system does not exceed 2 megawatts.
Community solar-consolidated billing
HB0818
Electricity - Community Solar Energy Generation - Consolidated Billing
Delegate Clippinger
Failed: no vote in committee
Finance
Support
Authorizing a subscriber organization for a community solar energy generating system to participate in consolidated billing provided by the electric company serving the territory of the community solar energy generating system.
Labor Standards
SB0418
HB0569
Energy Generation Projects - Required Community Benefit Agreement and Labor Standards
Senator Feldman
Failed: no vote in committee
Economic Matters
Support
Signed onto testimony
Requiring a person who is a developer of a project, on the approval of a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the construction of a certain generating station or qualified generator lead line and an exemption from the requirement for a certificate of public convenience and necessity, to take all reasonable actions to enter into a community benefits agreement and adhere to certain labor standards and reporting requirements; etc.
Labor Standards
HB0569
SB0418
Energy Generation, Transmission, and Storage Projects - Required Community Benefit Agreement and Labor Standards
Delegate Carey
Failed: no vote in committee
Economic Matters
Support
Signed onto testimony
Requiring the Public Service Commission to condition the approval of a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the construction of a certain generating station or qualified generator lead line and an exemption from the requirement for a certificate of public convenience and necessity on the requirement that the developer of the project take all reasonable actions to enter into a community benefits agreement and adhere to certain labor standards and reporting requirements; etc.
Crisis Plan
SB0552
HB0695
Environment - Climate Crisis Plan - Requirement (Better Together to Save Our Weather Act of 2022)
Senator Kramer
Failed: no vote in committee
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
Requiring each county to prepare a climate crisis plan to address the effects of climate change in the county; requiring each county to submit its plan to the Department of the Environment for review and feedback on or before June 1, 2023; requiring the Department to provide feedback to each county on or before November 1, 2023; requiring each county to finalize its plan on or before January 1, 2024; and requiring each county to review and update its plan once every 3 years.
EV Charging-Env Justice
HB0507
SB0924
Environment - Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure - Environmental Justice Considerations
Delegate Proctor
Failed: no vote in committee
Environment and Transportation
Requiring a unit of State government that develops electric vehicle charging infrastructure or administers public funding for the development of electric vehicle charging infrastructure to use environmental justice guidelines when selecting communities for the development of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Climate & labor impact
HB0880
SB0931
Environment - Impact of Actions on Climate, Labor, and Environmental Justice
Delegate Boyce
Failed: no vote in committee
Environment and Transportation
Prohibiting a certain governmental unit from taking an action unless the governmental unit has conducted certain evaluations and assessments of the impact of the action on the climate, labor and employment, environmental justice, and any overburdened community; authorizing a governmental unit to deny, condition, approve, or amend an action based on certain findings; and requiring governmental units to coordinate and seek federal funding to meet the requirements of the Act.
Overburdened Communities
HB1033
Environment and Energy - Investment in Overburdened Communities
Delegate Rosenberg
Failed: no vote in committee
Appropriations
Requiring the Department of the Environment, on or before December 1, 2022, to develop certain policies and recommendations to require at least 40% of overall spending on certain programs, projects, or investments to benefit certain overburdened communities, starting with fiscal year 2024; defining an 'overburdened community' as any census tract where the median house hold income is not more than 75% of the statewide median household income and certain environmental indicators are above the 75th percentile; etc.
Crisis Plan
HB0695
SB0552
Environment – Climate Crisis Plan – Requirement (Better Together to Save Our Weather Act of 2022)
Delegate Fraser-Hidalgo
Failed: no vote in committee
Environment and Transportation
Requiring each county to prepare a climate crisis plan to address the effects of climate change in the county; requiring each county to submit its plan to the Department of the Environment for review and feedback on or before June 1, 2023; requiring the Department to provide feedback to each county on or before November 1, 2023; requiring each county to finalize its plan on or before January 1, 2024; and requiring each county to review and update its plan once every 3 years.
PFAS
HB0275
SB0273
Environment – PFAS Chemicals – Prohibitions and Requirements (George “Walter” Taylor Act)
Delegate Love
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 138
Support
Signed onto testimony
Prohibiting, on or after January 1, 2024, a person from using, manufacturing, or knowingly selling or distributing Class B fire-fighting foam that contains intentionally added PFAS chemicals in the State; prohibiting, on or after January 1, 2024, a person from manufacturing, selling, or distributing a certain rug or carpet in the State; prohibiting, on or after January 1, 2024, a manufacturer or distributor from manufacturing, selling, or distributing certain food packaging intended for direct food contact in the State; etc.
PFAS
SB0273
HB0275
Environment – PFAS Chemicals – Prohibitions and Requirements (George “Walter” Taylor Act)
Senator Elfreth
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 139
Support
Signed onto testimony
Prohibiting, on or after January 1, 2024, a person from using, manufacturing, or knowingly selling or distributing Class B fire-fighting foam that contains intentionally added PFAS chemicals in the State; prohibiting, on or after January 1, 2024, a person from manufacturing or knowingly selling or distributing a certain rug or carpet; prohibiting, on or after January 1, 2024, certain persons from manufacturing or knowingly selling or distributing certain food packaging designed for direct food contact in the State; etc.
Permits-environmental justice
HB1200
SB0818
Environment – Permit Applications – Environmental Justice Screening
Delegate Wells
Returned Passed
Governor
Requiring a person applying for a certain permit from the Department of the Environment to include in the application the EJ Score from the Maryland EJ tool for the census tract where the applicant is seeking the permit; requiring the Department, on receiving a certain permit application, to review the EJ Score for the census tract where the applicant is seeking a permit using the Maryland EJ tool to verify the applicant's information; etc.
Permits-environmental justice
SB0818
HB1200
Environment – Permit Applications – Environmental Justice Screening
Senator Ellis
Failed: no vote in committee
Environment and Transportation
Requiring a person applying for a certain permit from the Department of the Environment to include in the application the EJ Score from the Maryland EJ tool for the census tract where the applicant is seeking the permit; requiring the Department, on receiving a certain permit application, to review an environmental justice analysis of the census tract where the applicant is seeking a permit using the Maryland EJ tool; and requiring notices regarding certain permit applications to include information related to EJ Scores and certain analyses.
Transit-Oriented Development
SB0516
HB0710
Equitable and Inclusive Transit-Oriented Development Enhancement Act
Senator Augustine
Failed: not referred to standing committee
Rules and Executive Nominations
Establishing the Transit-Oriented Development Capital Grant and Revolving Loan Fund; authorizing the Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the Department of Housing and Community Development, to use the Fund to provide financial assistance to local jurisdictions to be used for certain purposes within a transit-oriented development; requiring the Secretary of Transportation to submit a certain report by November 30, 2025, on efforts to increase transit-oriented development throughout the State; etc.
Transit-Oriented Development
HB0710
SB0516
Equitable and Inclusive Transit–Oriented Development Enhancement Act
Delegate Lewis, J.
Failed: no vote in committee
Environment and Transportation
Altering the More Jobs for Marylanders Program to allow certain businesses located in certain transit-oriented developments to qualify for certain Program benefits; extending the deadline after which the Department of Commerce may not certify certain businesses to participate in the Program; establishing the Transit-Oriented Development Capital Grant and Revolving Loan Fund; authorizing the Department of Transportation to use the Fund to provide financial assistance related to transit-oriented development; etc.
FUTURE Act
HB0729
SB0471
Facilitating University Transformations by Unifying Reductions in Emissions (FUTURE) Act
Delegate Solomon
Failed: no vote in committee
Appropriations
Support
Signed onto testimony
Requiring each public senior higher education institution to be carbon neutral for certain emissions on or before January 1, 2025, and January 1, 2035; specifying certain requirements that a public senior higher education institution must meet to achieve the carbon neutral requirements under the Act; requiring each public senior higher education institution to designate, on or before August 1, 2022, a certain individual to implement and monitor the institution's progress with certain requirements; etc.
FUTURE Act
SB0471
HB0729
Facilitating University Transformations by Unifying Reductions in Emissions (FUTURE) Act
Senator Rosapepe
Failed: no vote in committee
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
Support
Signed onto testimony
Requiring each public senior higher education institution to be carbon neutral for certain emissions on or before January 1, 2025, and January 1, 2035; specifying certain requirements that a public senior higher education institution must meet to achieve the carbon neutral requirements under the Act; requiring each public senior higher education institution to designate, on or before August 1, 2022, a certain individual to implement and monitor the institution's progress with certain requirements; etc.
Energy Efficiency Upgrades
HB0058
SB0045
Income Tax - Credit for Energy Efficiency Upgrades - Passive Houses
Delegate Brooks
Failed: no vote in committee
Ways and Means
Allowing a credit against the State income tax for certain costs, paid or incurred after July 1, 2022, by an owner of certain residential property for certain energy efficiency upgrades; requiring the owner to obtain a tax credit certificate from the Maryland Energy Administration; and prohibiting a taxpayer from claiming the tax credit for a taxable year during which the Governor declares a state of emergency.
Energy Efficiency Upgrades
SB0045
HB0058
Income Tax - Credit for Energy Efficiency Upgrades - Passive Houses
Senator Kramer
Failed: no vote in committee
Budget and Taxation
Allowing a credit against the State income tax for certain costs, paid or incurred after July 1, 2022, by an owner of certain residential property for certain energy efficiency upgrades; requiring the owner to obtain a tax credit certificate from the Maryland Energy Administration; and prohibiting a taxpayer from claiming the tax credit for a taxable year during which the Governor declares a state of emergency.
Civilian Climate Corps
HB0443
SB0228
Maryland Corps Program - Revisions
Delegate Rosenberg
Failed: no vote in committee
Appropriations
Altering certain purposes of the Maryland Corps Program; establishing that the Program is exempt from certain provisions of law relating to procurement but is subject to a certain review by the Office of Legislative Audits; altering the membership of the Board of Directors of the Program; establishing that the Board is a body politic and corporate and is an instrumentality of the State; requiring the Board to meet at least once every two months and that Board meetings are subject to the Open Meetings Act; etc.
Civilian Climate Corps
SB0228
HB0443
Maryland Corps Program – Revisions
Senator Ferguson
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(b) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 37
Governor
Altering certain purposes of the Maryland Corps Program by allowing participants to transition to the workforce as well as to higher education institutions; requiring that Program funds be used to expand the Chesapeake Conservation Corps and the Maryland Conservation Corps and create a Maryland Civilian Climate Corps and a Maryland Historic Trades Corp; restructuring the Board as a body politic and corporate and as an instrumentality of the State; requiring the Board to prioritize certain individuals for participation in the Program; etc.
Office of Resilience
HB0706
SB0630
Maryland Department of Emergency Management - Office of Resilience
Delegate Sample-Hughes
Failed: no vote in committee
Environment and Transportation
Support
Signed onto testimony
Establishing the Office of Resilience in the Maryland Department of Emergency Management; requiring the Secretary of Emergency Management to appoint a Chief Resilience Officer to direct the Office of Resilience; and requiring the Office of Resilience to coordinate with appropriate State agencies and State entities to meet certain goals.
Office of Resilience
SB0630
HB0706
Maryland Department of Emergency Management - Office of Resilience
Senator Hester
Returned Passed
Governor
Support
Signed onto testimony
Establishing the Office of Resilience in the Maryland Department of Emergency Management; requiring the Secretary of Emergency Management to appoint a Chief Resilience Officer to direct the Office of Resilience; and requiring the Office of Resilience to coordinate with appropriate State agencies and State entities to meet certain goals.
Efficiency Standards
HB0772
SB0494
Maryland Energy Administration - Energy and Water Efficiency Standards - Alterations
Delegate Ruth
Returned Passed
Governor
Altering the application of certain testing, certification, and enforcement requirements for certain efficiency standards; requiring the Maryland Energy Administration to review certain efficiency standards on or before January 1, 2023; prohibiting the sale, offering for sale, and installation of certain products in the State under certain circumstances beginning on a certain date; requiring the Administration to adopt regulations on efficiency standards for certain products on or before January 1, 2023; etc.
Efficiency Standards
SB0494
HB0772
Maryland Energy Administration - Energy and Water Efficiency Standards - Alterations
Senator Pinsky
Failed: no vote in committee
Environment and Transportation
Altering the application of certain testing, certification, and enforcement requirements for certain efficiency standards; requiring the Maryland Energy Administration to review certain efficiency standards on or before January 1, 2023; prohibiting the sale, offering for sale, and installation of certain products in the State under certain circumstances beginning on a certain date; requiring the Administration to adopt regulations on efficiency standards for certain products on or before January 1, 2023; etc.
Natural Gas infrastructure
HB0801
Natural Gas - Strategic Infrastructure Development and Enhancement - Surcharge and Plans (STRIDE Act of 2022)
Delegate Branch, T.
Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters; Withdrawn
Including infrastructure replacement project costs under the Strategic Infrastructure Development and Enhancement Program in certain gas company base rates during a multiyear rate plan; and continuing an annual surcharge for eligible future infrastructure project costs not included in certain gas company base rates during a multiyear rate plan.
Agrivoltatics
HB1039
SB0860
Property Tax - Community Solar Energy Generating Systems - Agrivoltaics
Delegate Luedtke
Passed Enrolled
Governor
Exempting certain community solar energy generating systems from personal property taxes; requiring the Department of Assessments and Taxation to assess certain land used by a community solar energy generating system in a certain manner; requiring the governing body of a county or of a municipal corporation to grant a tax credit against the property tax imposed on real property on which a certain community solar energy generating system is installed; establishing a tax credit against the State property tax imposed on certain real property; etc.
Agrivoltatics
SB0860
HB1039
Property Tax - Community Solar Energy Generating Systems - Agrivoltaics
Senator King
Passed Enrolled
Governor
Requiring a local school system constructing a new school to consider whether the school should be constructed with solar panels on the roof; exempting certain community solar energy generating systems from personal property taxes; requiring the State Department of Assessments and Taxation to assess certain land used by a community solar energy generating system in a certain manner; establishing a tax credit against the State property tax on certain real property on which a community solar energy generating system is installed; etc.
Buy Clean Maryland
SB0961
Public Projects – Global Warming Potential of Materials (Buy Clean Maryland Act)
Senator Elfreth
Failed: no vote in committee
Budget and Taxation
Requiring the Department of General Services to establish a maximum acceptable global warming potential for certain categories of eligible materials used in certain eligible projects; requiring a unit of State government to specify the eligible materials that will be used in an eligible project in the solicitation for an eligible project; requiring a successful bidder or offeror of an eligible project to submit certain information about each eligible material proposed to be used in an eligible project; etc.
Green Schools
HB0365
Public School Construction - Fossil Fuel-Based Energy System Costs - Prohibition (Green School Construction Act of 2022)
Delegate Korman
Failed: no vote in committee
Appropriations
Support
Prohibiting the Interagency Commission on School Construction from considering a new or replacement fossil fuel-based energy system as a construction or capital improvement cost.
School composting grants
HB0150
SB0124
Public Schools - Grant Program to Reduce and Compost School Waste
Delegate Charkoudian
Failed: not referred to standing committee
Rules
Support
Signed onto testimony
Establishing the Grant Program to Reduce and Compost School Waste to award grants to county boards of education and public schools to develop and implement programs for reducing food waste and to establish composting of pre- and post-consumer waste; and requiring the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education to review grant applications and select recipients to be awarded grants by the State Department of Education.
School composting grants
SB0124
HB0150
Public Schools – Grant Program to Reduce and Compost School Waste
Senator Hettleman
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 205
Support
Signed onto testimony
Establishing the Grant Program to Reduce and Compost School Waste to award grants to county boards of education and public schools to develop and implement programs for reducing food waste and to establish composting of pre- and post-consumer waste; requiring the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education to review grant applications and select recipients to be awarded grants by the State Department of Education; and the requiring the Governor to include at least $250,000 in the annual budget bill for the Program.
Electric School Bus Pilot
HB0696
SB0948
Public Utilities - Electric School Bus Pilot Program
Delegate Fraser-Hidalgo
Passed Enrolled
Governor
Support
Signed onto testimony
Establishing an electric school bus pilot program; requiring the Public Service Commission to implement and administer the pilot program; authorizing investor-owned electric companies to apply to the Commission to implement an electric school bus pilot program with a participating school system if the pilot program meets certain standards; authorizing investor-owned electric companies to recover certain costs under the pilot program, subject to the approval of the Commission; etc.
Energy Efficiency & Conservation
SB0966
Public Utilities - Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programs - Alterations
Senator Feldman
Failed: no vote in committee
Finance
Requiring energy efficiency and conservation programs and services provided by gas companies and electric companies to encourage and promote the electrification of certain products and beneficial electrification beginning with calendar year 2024; prohibiting the energy efficiency and conservation programs and services from providing financial assistance for equipment or appliances that use fossil fuel; etc.
Electric School Bus Pilot
SB0948
HB0696
Public Utilities – Electric School Bus Pilot Program
Senator Kramer
Failed: no vote in committee
Finance
Support
Signed onto testimony
Establishing an electric school bus pilot program; requiring the Public Service Commission to implement and administer the pilot program; authorizing investor-owned electric companies to apply to the Commission to implement an electric school bus pilot program with a participating school system if the pilot program meets certain standards; and authorizing investor-owned electric companies to recover certain costs under the pilot program, subject to the approval of the Commission.
Renewable Energy Portfolio
SB0903
HB1085
Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard - Qualifying Biomass and Thermal Biomass Systems
Senator Hershey
Failed: no vote in committee
Finance
Oppose
Signed onto testimony
Altering the components of fuels that qualify a generating facility as a Tier 1 renewable source under the renewable energy portfolio standard by altering the definitions of 'qualifying biomass' and 'thermal biomass system'.
Solar sources
HB0864
Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard - Renewable Energy Credits - Solar Energy Sources
Delegate Boyce
Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters
Altering the eligibility of solar energy sources for meeting certain portions of Tier 1 requirements of the renewable energy portfolio standard to require that the source is only eligible if it is connected with the electric distribution grid serving Maryland.
Offshore Wind Credits
HB0622
SB0526
Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and Renewable Energy Credits - Offshore Wind
Delegate Brooks
Conference Committee Appointed
Senate Floor
Altering the application of the offshore wind energy component of the renewable energy portfolio standard to apply only to distribution sales of electric companies; altering the manner in which an electric company may reflect and recover offshore wind renewable energy credit costs; altering certain compliance fees for shortfalls from the offshore wind energy component of the renewable energy portfolio standard; etc.
Offshore Wind Credits
SB0526
HB0622
Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and Renewable Energy Credits - Offshore Wind
Senator Feldman
Returned Passed
Governor
Altering the application of the offshore wind energy component of the renewable energy portfolio standard to apply only to distribution sales of electric companies; altering the manner in which an electric company may reflect and recover offshore wind renewable energy credit costs; altering certain compliance fees for shortfalls from the offshore wind energy component of the renewable energy portfolio standard; etc.
Waste-to-Energy
SB0616
Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard – Eligible Sources – Waste–to–Energy and Refuse–Derived Fuel
Senator Hough
Failed: no vote in committee
Finance
Making energy derived from waste-to-energy or refuse-derived fuel ineligible for the creation of credits under the renewable energy portfolio standard.
Renewable Energy Portfolio
HB1085
SB0903
Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard – Qualifying Biomass and Thermal Biomass Systems
Delegate Buckel
Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters
Oppose
Signed onto testimony
Altering the components of fuels that qualify a generating facility as a Tier 1 renewable source under the renewable energy portfolio standard by altering the definitions of 'qualifying biomass' and 'thermal biomass system'.
Solid Waste Disposal
HB1070
Solid Waste Disposal and Diversion and On–Farm Composting and Compost Use
Delegate Boyce
Failed: no vote in committee
Environment and Transportation
Oppose
Signed onto testimony
Establishing the On-Farm Composting and Compost Use Grant Fund as a special, nonlapsing fund; establishing a solid waste disposal surcharge to be paid, on a quarterly basis beginning April 1, 2023, to the Comptroller by owners or operators of refuse disposal facilities in the State; establishing the Environmental Stewardship Fund as a special, nonlapsing fund; requiring the Comptroller to, on an annual basis, transfer certain solid waste disposal surcharge revenue to certain funds for certain purposes; etc.
Recycling Policy TF
HB0217
Task Force on Recycling Policy and Recycling and Waste Systems in Maryland
Delegate Love
Failed: no vote in committee
Environment and Transportation
Support
Signed onto testimony
Establishing the Task Force on Recycling Policy and Recycling and Waste Systems in Maryland to review the Maryland Recycling Act, study the recycling and waste systems in Maryland, and make recommendations on updating the Maryland Recycling Act and implementing regional recycling and waste disposal facilities; and requiring the Task Force to report its findings and recommendations to certain legislative Committees by June 30, 2023.
Regional Rail Transformation
HB0778
SB0514
Transportation - Investment Program - MARC Rail Service (Maryland Regional Rail Transformation Act)
Delegate Solomon
Gubernatorial Veto Override (Legislative date: 4/8/2022) - Chapter 54
Requiring the Maryland Transit Administration to establish certain investment programs for enhancing certain rail lines and services operated by the Maryland Area Regional Commuter rail service; requiring the Administration to advance certain rail projects in fiscal year 2023; requiring the Administration to conduct a MARC Cornerstone Plan Implementation Study; and establishing the Transportation Trust Fund Workgroup to study certain matters and make its recommendations by December 16, 2022.
Regional Rail Transformation
SB0514
HB0778
Transportation - Investment Program - MARC Rail Service (Maryland Regional Rail Transformation Act)
Senator Beidle
Gubernatorial Veto Override (Legislative date: 4/8/2022) - Chapter 52
Requiring the Maryland Transit Administration to establish certain investment programs for enhancing certain rail lines and services operated by the Maryland Area Regional Commuter rail service; requiring the Administration to advance certain rail projects in fiscal year 2023; requiring the Administration to conduct a MARC Cornerstone Plan Implementation Study; and establishing the Transportation Trust Fund Workgroup to study certain matters and submit a report of its recommendations by December 16, 2022.
Rail investment
HB1324
Transportation - Maryland Rail Authority - Establishment (Maryland Rail Investment Act of 2022)
Delegate Korman
Failed: no vote in committee
Appropriations
Establishing the Maryland Rail Authority; adding the Executive Director of the Rail Authority as an ex officio member of the Maryland Transportation Authority; prohibiting the Transportation Authority from passing an operating budget or capital improvement plan that exceeds $2,800,000,000; authorizing the Transportation Authority, by resolution, to finance the cost of transportation facilities projects and borrow money for that purpose, after obtaining the consent of the Rail Authority; etc.
Zero-emission resources
HB1366
Zero–Emission Energy Resources and Carbon Capture, Use, and Sequestration – Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and Study
Chair, Economic Matters Committee
Failed: no vote in committee
Economic Matters
Including a zero-emission energy resource as a Tier 1 renewable source eligible for meeting certain Tier 1 obligations under the renewable energy portfolio standard; and requiring the Maryland Energy Administration, in consultation with the Public Service Commission, the Department of the Environment, and the Department of Natural Resources, to conduct a study on carbon capture, use, and sequestration.