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County Executive Leopold Submits Legislation for General Assembly Session

Bills focus on public health, environment and preserving revenue

Annapolis (January 21, 2009) - County Executive John R. Leopold has asked colleagues in the Anne Arundel County General Assembly Delegation to introduce five bills that promote public health and the environment, as well as preserve revenue in this difficult fiscal climate.

The legislation will be sponsored by Delegation Chairs Delegate Mary Ann Love and Senator John C. Astle.

"While our primary goal is to mitigate the budget pain that will come from reductions in State aid to counties, there are other important gains that can be made through these initiatives," County Executive Leopold said.

The legislation:

• Strengthens regulations recently adopted by the Maryland Department of Environment regarding coal fly ash.

• Allows use of Bay Restoration Fund money for inspections of on-site nitrogen removing septic systems.

• Extends the statute of limitations for counties to enforce stormwater management plans, which is currently one year.

• Requires reimbursement by the State to counties that implement environmental health monitoring and testing when the Maryland Department of Environment collects fines.

• Extends the sunset from July 1, 2009 to July 1, 2010 for operation of "instant bingo" at three locations in Anne Arundel County.

 

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