Legislative Updates 2019

HB0190 – Environment – Failing On-Site Sewage Disposal System – Definition

The bill seeks to define the term “failing on-site sewage disposal system” for certain provisions of law to mean the condition of an on-site sewage disposal system or a component of an on-site sewage disposal system that threatens or negatively impacts public health due to certain conditions.  This legislation also requires each county to adopt by local law or ordinance the definition of “failing on-site sewage disposal system” as stated in the bill.

The bill was first introduced January 23, 2019 and a hearing was held on February 13th.

HB0539 – Environment – Reuse of Water Diverted From Septic Systems

This bill authorizes a property owner to use “reusable diverted water” on the site on which it originates for beneficial purposes, including gardening, composting, lawn watering, irrigation and toilet and urinal flushing, in accordance with certain requirements.  This bill defines the term “reusable diverted water” to mean water that is generated by backwashing an on-site drinking water treatment system or and ice maker and allowing it to be collected for reuse instead of being discharged to an 0n-site sewage disposal system (as is currently required by Maryland Department of Environment regulations).

This bill was first introduced on February 4, 2019 and a hearing is scheduled for February 27th.

HB0562 – Montgomery County – Sale of Residential Real Property – Septic Systems Outreach Tooklkit MC 16-19

This requires the seller of residential property served by a septic system in Montgomery County, on or before the execution of a contract for the sale of the property, to deliver certain “Septic Systems Outreach Toolkit” materials to each purchaser.  The intent is to promote homeowner education and awareness regarding septic system operation and maintenance.

The bill was first introduced February 4, 2019 and a hearing is scheduled for February 26th.

HB0840 – Environment – On-site Wastewater Services – Regulation

This bill establishes the State Board of On-Site Wastewater Professionals in the Maryland Department of Environment; specifying the purpose and composition of the Board; specifying the term of a Board member and requiring the Governor to appoint Board members with the advice and consent of the Senate of Maryland.  It also requires the Board to adopt certain regulations; requiring a county to enforce certain standards relating to certain design, installation and maintenance of on-site wastewater systems; etc.

This bill was first introduced on February 8, 2019 and a hearing was held on February 22nd.


SB0353 –  On-Site Sewage Disposal Systems – Construction and Inspection Licenses

This bill prohibits a person from engaging in the business of construction or installing an on-site sewage disposal system unless the person holds a septic construction license issued by Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE); prohibits a person from engaging in the business of inspection an on-site sewage disposal system unless the person holds a septic inspection license issued by MDE; requiring MDE to establish by regulation certain eligibility criteria and training requirements: etc.

This bill was first introduced January 31, 2019 and a hearing was held on February 19th.

SB0851 – Bay Restoration Fund – Authorized Uses, Mandatory Appropriation, and County Authority to Incur Indebtedness

This bill expands the uses of a certain account in the Bay Restoration Fund to include making certain no or low-cost loans for the repair or replacement of certain failing on-site sewage disposal systems.   It limits this specific loan to a homeowner who resides in a jurisdiction that has developed and implemented a specific “septic stewardship plan” for fiscal year 2021.  It requires the Governor to appropriate $10,000,000 in the annual State operating or capital budget to the Bay Restoration Fund for this purpose.

This bill was first introduced on February 4, 2019 and a hearing date is scheduled for February 27th.


Current Status

HB0190 Environment and Transportation Hearing 2/13 at 1:00 p.m.
HB0539 Environment and Transportation Hearing 2/27 at 1:00 p.m.
HB0562 Environment and Transportation Hearing 2/26 at 1:00 p.m.
HB0840 Environment and Transportation Hearing 2/22 at 1:00 p.m.
SB0353 Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Hearing 2/19 at 1:00 p.m.
SB0851 Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Hearing 2/27 at 1:00 p.m.

Update as of 2/25/2019


Prior Legislative Initiatives Page– Previous proposed legislation from the MD Legislature from the  2017-2018 sessions.