2013 MD Legislative Recap

2013 Legislative Update: Composting Bill Passes, Bottle Bill
Falls, Landfill  Diversion “Rereferred”

The 2013
Maryland General Assembly session closed on Monday April 8 with results
generally in line with positions supported by MRN
.

The MRN
Board of Directors expressed unanimous support for the 2013 Composting Bill (HB1440) because it
reflects the central recommendation of the study group convened by the Maryland
Department of the Environment (MDE) in 2012. House Bill 1440 provides
legislative authorization to MDE to create a predictable regulatory framework
for establishing more composting facilities in Maryland, especially facilities
involving the processing of food residuals (MRN Response re HB1440). This bill passed both houses with
strong support.

On other
recycling legislation, the MRN Board also indicated significant concerns with Senate Bill 799/House
Bill 1266 – Landfill Diversion – Municipal Solid Waste Portfolio Standard
and Senate Bill 1049Recycling
– Apartment Buildings and Condominiums
.The Landfill Diversion bill creates
a set of goals that in several cases contradict those established by
legislation passed in 2012, which followed a comprehensive study of recycling
and source reduction convened by MDE in 2011 at the behest of the State
legislature (MRN Response re SB799/HB1266).The Landfill Diversion Bill was
“rereferred” to Economic Matters and Environmental Matters
Committees.

Similarly,
the Recycling – Apartment Buildings and Condominiums bill undermines the
multi-family recycling legislation passed in 2012 (MRN Response re SB1049).
While MRN always applauds legislative initiatives to improve our environment
through reasonable waste reduction, reuse and recycling, we also recognize the
need to do so in a time-effective and cost-effective manner that does not
undercut existing programs. This
bill passed with an exception for Ocean City.

MRN also
took a formal position on Statewide Container Recycling Incentive Program
Legislation
(Bottle Bill). The Maryland Recycling Network Board of
Directors expressed positive support for the intent of the Statewide Container
Recycling Incentive Program (HB 1085 and SB 641); however, serious reservations
regarding the negative economic impact of the legislation on existing curbside
recycling programs and significant number of unaddressed questions regarding
the funding and operation of the program resulted in a unanimous decison to
oppose the legislation as drafted. Click here for a
full copy of the MRN response
. This
bill received an unfavorable report by the Environmental Matters Committee.

Look below to see a list of
final status of all recycling related legislation considered by the 2013
Maryland General Assembly.

MRN Legislative Team Co-Chair, Charlie Reighart (2nd from left) and
Executive Director, Peter Houstle (far right) met with Delegate Steve Lafferty
(far left) and Delegate Dana Stein (2nd from right) to discuss pending
legislation.

MRN
Needs Your Support!

Over the course of its 90 day session, the Maryland General Assembly
considers as many as 2,500 pieces of legislation and often 700 or more become
law!
Monitoring and responding to this legislative flood requires an
enormous volunteer effort and a great deal of staff time. Please don’t stand by
thinking “That’s someone else’s problem.” As Benjamin Franklin noted,
“We all hang together, or we’ll all hang separately.” If you’re not an MRN member, please step up and support
the network by joining today – click here to get started
. If you are
already an MRN member, Thank
You!

Click the bill number for a summary and additional details. Click the second link for a pdf of the actual bill.

SB 576 – Community Greening Act (Disposable Bags) – http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2013RS/bills/sb/sb0576f.pdf

HB 184 – Oyster Recycling – http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2013RS/bills/hb/hb0184f.pdf
Cross-filed with: SB0484

SB 799 – Landfill Diversion – Municipal Solid Waste Portfolio Standard – http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2013RS/bills/sb/sb0799f.pdf

HB 197 – Illegal Dumping and Litter Control
Law – Penalties – http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2013RS/bills/hb/hb0197f.pdf
Cross-filed with: SB0271

SB 641 – Statewide Container Recycling Incentive Program – http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2013RS/bills/sb/sb0641f.pdf

HB135 – Motor Vehicle Batteries – Recycling – http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2013RS/bills/hb/hb0135f.pdf

HB1085 – Statewide Container Recycling Incentive Program – http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2013RS/bills/hb/hb1085f.pdf

HB1087 – Recycling – Bars and Restaurants – Beverage Containers – http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2013RS/bills/hb/hb1087f.pdf

HB1088 – Business Regulation – Returnable Containers and Returnable Textiles – Revisions – http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2013RS/bills/hb/hb1088f.pdf