New laws approved in Maryland’s last legislative session are taking effect on July 1.
Here are eight things to know about them:
State-mandated stormwater management fees will end, but nine counties and the city of Baltimore will need to show they are paying to meet federal mandates to clean polluted stormwater.
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan campaigned against the state-mandated fees, which were approved in the last hour of the 2012 legislative session, and he made repeal a priority of his first session. Critics referred to the fees as “the rain tax.”
The repeal measure that passed earlier this year by wide margins in both houses of the Maryland Legislature has the approval of environmentalists, because it creates greater accountability for the state’s 10 most populated jurisdictions in preventing pollution in stormwater from entering the Chesapeake Bay.