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Maryland climate bills 2021

 


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TOP PRIORITY BILLS 


SB0414 (HB0583) Climate Solutions NOW : introduced by Sen Pinsky Jan. 13);  Senate hearing 1/28 at 11 a.m. (Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs); House Hearing 2/11 at 1:30 p.m. (Environment and Transportation)

Sen. Pinsky / Del. Stein

Senate - EHEA - Budget & Taxation

House - Environment and Transportation Committee; Economic Matters 

1 page Fact Sheet

General Two Page Fact Sheet On Climate Solutions Now

Fact Sheet on the Difference Between this Year and Last Year

Social Media Tool Kit from CCAN    MD Matters 1-28-21   Video


Action Items:


Transit Safety & Investment Act  - SB199/HB114 

Sen. McCray and ZuckerDelegates Lierman

Senate - Budget and Taxation -  Hearing 1/27 at 1 p.m.

House - Appropriations Hearing 2/03 at 1:30 p.m.

Fact Sheet

Sierra Club Petition and SC action alert      https://savemdtransit.org/ petition


OTHER PRIORITY BILLS


Utility Regulation - Consideration of Climate and Labor - SB83/HB298

Sen Kramer/ Del. Charkoudian

Senate Finance Hearing  Tuesday, 1/26 at 1 p.m.

House Economic Matters Hearing Thurs. 1/21 at 1:30 p.m.

CCAN group for this bill - Contact anthony@chesapeakeclimate.org

 Groups sign on here

Fact Sheet - Take Action


Related bills:

Consideration of Climate and Labor - SB83/HB298

Public Utilities – Office of Climate Counsel – Establishment (Climate Counsel Act): HB 30  Hearing 2/04 at 1:30 p.m.

Delegate Korman

Economic Matters


H.B. 768  Community Choice Energy - a  MoCo Delegation Bill. HoCoCA supports because if MoCo implements, CCE could become a HoCo option

Del Charkoudian    Google group  CCEforMD   Fri noon  Contact Lily - lhawkins@fwwatch.org

Organizational Sign-on - Individual Sign-on


HB 613 : Prince George’s County Local Delegation Bill – Coal– and Gas–Fired Generating Stations – Prohibitions (Prince George’s County Stop Environmentally Unjust Coal and Gas Plants Act of 2021)  PG 410–21  Del Ivey -   No new coal or gas plants in Prince Goerge’s only.   

Economic Matters Hearing 2/25 at 1:30 p.m


OTHER IMPORTANT BILLS


Maryland Energy Administration Study on Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems and Geothermal Energy Workgroup  HB40

Del. Charkoudian

Economic Matters:  Hearing 1/26 at 1:30 p.m.



HB1007/SB810  Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems   Incentives for  Geothermal  RPS tier 1

Sponsors Del Charkoudian and Sen. Feldman

House Economic Matters Hearing 2/25 at 1:30 p.m.

Senate Finance Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m.


Sierra Club supports 10 Zero Waste bills:

HB 36   Extended Producer Responsibility

Del Lierman; hearing 2/09 at 1:30 p.m E&T


Plastic Bag  Reduction Act SB223/HB314

Sen. Augustine/Del. Lierman

Senate:  Finance - Hearing 1/28 1 p.m.

House: Environment and Transportation Hearing 1/28 1:30 pm 


Environment – Recycling – Prohibition on the Chemical Conversion of Plastic  HB21   Del. Love 

House Environment & Transportation Hearing  1/29 at 11 a.m.


Environment - Single-Use Plastics - Restrictions HB69

Del. Love   Hearing E&T   2/17 

SB412     Consumer Protection - Right to Repair; hearing 2/3


OTHER BILLS


ENERGY - Stop RPS $$ Credits for Dirty Energy


HB0332   Renewable Energy Portfolio (RPS) Standard - Eligible Sources

  No renewable energy subsidies for burning trash! OpEd 2-23 Maryland Matters

Del  Ivey - House Economic Matters; hearing 2/04 at 1:30 p.m.

Action Alert here.      Town Hall Sunday 7 p.m. RSVP here.


SB0065/HB0875 - Electricity -RPS- Qualifying Biomass - No renewable energy subsidies for black liquor (dirty byproduct of paper industry)

Senate Finance hearing was 1/21    Article on Floor vote

Speaker Jones Facebook Post  1/29: Today, Chairman Davis introduced HB875 to remove black liquor from MD's Renewable Portfolio Standard. I look forward to voting for this bill on the house floor. Climate change is an existential threat and Dereck’s bill is our first step this session to address it. #Working4MD


HB379/SB0462 Public Utilities – Low–Income Housing – Energy Performance Targets  

Del Charkoudian ; House hearing 2/04 at 1:30 p.m., Economic Matters 

Senate Finance hearing 2/16 at 1 p.m.


Transportation


Southern Maryland Rapid Transit Project – Funding  SB81/HB414

Del. Davis  Appropriations 1/19   Senate Budget &Taxation 1/26


Maryland Transit Administration – Conversion to Zero–Emission Buses (Zero–Emission Bus Transition Act) SB137/HB334

Senate EHEA hearing 1/28 at 11 a.m ;  House E&T 2/12 at 1:30 p.m

FACT Sheet - Take Action


Clean Cars Act of 2021  HB44 Del. Frasier-Hidalgo-  E& T  1/28 at 1:30 p.m


I-495 and I-270 Public-Private Partnership - Partnership Agreement - Requirements (Maryland Department of Transportation Promises Act of 2021)  HB67   E&T Hearing 2/12

Del. Kornan

 

Energy


Environment and Natural Resources – Complaints, Inspections, and Enforcement – Information Maintenance and Reporting    SB324/HB0204 Sen. Elfreth  

Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Hearing 1/21 -   E&T 1/27


HB111/ Environmental Justice - At-Risk Communities and Environmental Permits - Requirements    Del. Love 


SB121/HB51  Zoning - Environmental Justice Considerations,  re zoning for incinerators 

Senate hearing 1/21 at 11 a.m.

House hearing 1/20 at 1:30 p.m in E&T



Urban Ag Grant program HB0269  Del. Wells

Hearing Environment & Transportation 1/15 - 11 a.m.


MD Stadium Authority applicability of prevailing wage HB0020  Del. Melissa Wells    - 

HB 269   Department of Agriculture - Urban Agriculture Grant Program

In the House - E&T  Hearing 1/15 at 11 a.m.


SB0674/HB1207 Environment - Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities - Reform Senator Elfreth Senate hearing EHEA 2/24 House Hearing E&T 2/26




OTHER:

For the longer run: a proposed constitutional amendment….

Constitutional Amendment - Environmental Rights  - SB151/HB82

Sen. Patterson/ Delegates W. Fisher, Barron, and Stewart

Senate: Judicial Proceedings - hearing 1/26 at 1 p.m. 

   Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

House: Environment and Transportation - hearing 1/20 at 1:30 p.m.  

Meeting notes 1-18-21



Carbon Tax is controversial (because the price is way too low and the time is way too late) with some climate activists

Climate Crisis and Education Act SB76/HB33 - (type of carbon tax bill) from Sen. Kramer/Del. Frasier-Hidalgo




 HB0196 Environment – Oil and Natural Gas Produced by Hydraulic Fracturing – Prohibition on Exportation  E&T   BILL WITHDRAWN


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The Transportation Carbon Fund Act - talked about but NOT submitted  this year

Transportation Carbon Fund bill update from Lindsey Mendelson  1/11/21 to get-maryland-moving@googlegroups.com

  • Brooke Harper, Len Lucchi,  Brian O'Malley, Kamita Gray, Samuel Jordan, Elizabeth Bunn, Caro Achar, and Ramon Palenica-Calvo and Lindsey had a discussion about whether it would be strategic to have the TCI bill introduced this session, given that Governor Hogan decided not to sign onto the MOU. Multiple people on the call were concerned about the bill deterring Governor Hogan from signing onto the MOU in the future, not making sense timing wise since Maryland is not yet on the MOU 

  • Elizabeth will use this time to do community building and education whttp://mailchimp.com/ork over the next year on TCI



Other environmental protection bills:

PFAS Protection Act - SB 195/HB22

Sen. Elfreth / Del. Love - Senate EHEA - Hearing 1/28 at 11 a.m.



Climate Justice Wing List of all Enviro Bills -   enviro bills  in a spreadsheet by hearing date

https://groups.google.com/g/mlc-climate-justice-wing 

Email  mdlegislativecoalition@gmail.com to become a member and add your voice to the flight for climate justice.


CJW List of Environmental Bills


MD League of Conservation Voters Legislative Priorities

MD League of Conservation Voters Weekly Hotlist 


Maryland Sunrise Hub supported Legislation here.



HoCo Indivisible Enviro Mgts - bi-weekly Mondays at 6:30  starting Jan 3 Contact Richard - rdeutschmann2@gmail.com 






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