Legislative Updates 2020

HB0136 – Environment – On-Site Wastewater Services – Regulation: Establishing the State Board of On-Site Wastewater Professionals in the Department of the Environment to regulate individuals who perform on-site wastewater services in the State and to establish minimum standards for certain on-site waste water systems; requiring a county to enforce and adopt certain standards related to certain on-site wastewater systems; requiring the Board to set reasonable fees for the issuance and renewal of licenses and other services provided by the Board; establishing the On-Site Wastewater Professionals Fund; etc.

HB0078/SB0172– Bay Restoration Fund – Authorized Uses: Altering the criteria for determining the use of funds in the Bay Restoration Fund for certain purposes in certain fiscal years to include climate resiliency and flood control; and specifying that certain grants to certain local governments may be used for stormwater management measures that include volume or quality control.

SB0254 – On-Site Sewage Disposal Systems – Inspection – Licensing: Prohibiting an individual from engaging in the business of inspecting an on-site sewage disposal system unless the person holds a septic inspection license issued by the Department of the Environment on or after May 1, 2021; requiring the Department to adopt regulations establishing certain eligibility criteria and training requirements for septic inspection licenses on or before January 1, 2021; requiring an applicant for a certain license to submit a certain application and pay a certain fee; etc.

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Current Status

HB0136 Environment and Transportation Hearing 2/12 at 1:00 p.m.
SB0254 Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Hearing 2/11 at 1:00 p.m.
HB0078/SB0172 Environment and Transportation Hearing 1/29 at 2:00 p.m.

Update as of 2/09/2020

Senate Status Report

House Status Report 

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