From Friends of Harford:
Legislative Bill 14-036 was introduced on December 9, 2014 in county council session. Public testimony is scheduled for
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Location: Council Chambers, 212 S. Bond St, Bel Air
The stated purpose of the bill is to “repeal in its entirety Article III, Watershed Restoration and Protection, all of Chapter 214, Sediment Control and Stormwater Management of the Harford County Code, as amended; to provide that no stormwater remediation fees will be charged or collected in Harford County; and generally related to stormwater management.”
Friends of Harford believes that Bill 14-036 is being introduced because Governor-elect Hogan has stated his plan to remove the “rain tax”. Because we are required by the Federal Government EPA to reduce stormwater runoff from our existing infrastructure, it seems we will pay for the stormwater management program out of the general budget. In other words, this bill does little. What the County should be doing is giving us their plan of action to slow down the pollutants we generate.
Bills become county-wide laws when passed by the County Council. Bills are introduced in one session, a time for future public testimony is scheduled (usually 2 – 3 weeks after the bill is published), and then the bill is voted on. Public testimony is your chance to be heard (3-minute time limit). You may also send comments to the council by that date.