Prior Legislative Initiatives

Proposed Legislation from 2019 Session

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.

Proposed Legislation from 2018 Session

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Senate Bill 314  – Budget and Taxation – Bay Restoration Fund – Fee Exemption, Disbursements, and Financial Assistance (Septic Stewardship Act of 2018

Senate Bill 496 – Environment – Grey Water – Residential Use

House Bill 361 – Bay Restoration Fund – Fee Exemption, Disbursements, and Financial Assistance (Septic Stewardship Act of 2018)

House Bill 458 – Environment – Sale or Transfer of Home with On Site Sewage Disposal System – Nitrogen Removal Technology Requirement

House Bill 576 – Bay Restoration Fund – On Site Sewage Disposal System Grants and Loans – Proof of Income

House Bill 719 – On Site Sewage Disposal Systems – Best Available Technology for Nitrogen Removal – Requirement

House Bill 1155 – Environment – Soil Percolation Tests – Validity

House Bill 1345 – Sewerage Systems – Residential Major Subdivisions in Tier III and Tier IV Areas

House Bill 1765 – On Site Sewage Disposal Systems – Watershed Implementation Plan and Bay Restoration Fund Disbursements and Financial Assistance

Senate Bill 314 In the Senate – Hearing 2/13 at 1:00 p.m.
Senate Bill 496 In the Senate – Hearing 2/13 at 1:00 p.m.
House Bill 361 In the House – Hearing 2/23 at 1:00 p.m.
House Bill  458 In the House – Hearing 2/23 at 1:00 p.m
House Bill 576 In the House – Hearing 2/14 at 1:00 p.m.
House Bill 719 In the House – Hearing 2/23 at 1:00 p.m.
House Bill 1155  In the House – Hearing 2/28 at 1:00 p.m.
House Bill 1345 In the House – Hearing 2/28 at 1:00 p.m.
 House Bill 1765 In the House – First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations

Maryland Legislative 2017 Update

House Bill 1045 – On Site Sewage Disposal Systems – Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) technology – PASSED

Previous Proposed Legislation from the 2017 session

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House Bill 281 – Environment – On Site Sewage Disposal Systems – Best Available Technology for Nitrogen Removal – Prohibition

House Bill 537 – Environment – On Site Sewage Disposal Systems and Funding for Waste Water Treatment Facilities and Sewerage Systems

House Bill 1355 – Sewerage Systems – Residential Major Subdivisions in Tier III and Tier IV Areas

House Bill 1045 – On Site Sewage Disposal Systems – Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) Technology – Regulations

House Bill 1352 – On-Site Sewage Disposal – Historical and Culturally Significant Properties Regulations

Senate Bill 776 – Environment – On site Sewage Disposal Systems – Nonprofit Campgrounds

Update as of 4/10/2017Senate Status ReportHouse Status Report