I want to post an e-mail I just got from the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, which alludes to some of the struggles and silver linings for the environment that came out of the Maryland legislative session in Annapolis. They also have a link on their webpage which gives a useful wrap-up of the session. Earlier today, I received an e-mail from Environment Maryland with similar sentiments. That one is posted below the MDLCV one.
2010 Legislative Session — What Happened?
The Maryland General Assembly adjourned last night. A few days ago, Maryland LCV was ready to declare this session a washout. But as the final bells rang, closing out the session last night, there were some losses and a few things to celebrate.
The General Assembly was strong on the budget, including $22.5 million for the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Costal Bays Trust Fund and preserving most of the funding for Program Open Space (with the help of a strong last minute push by Governor O’Malley and Speaker Busch.) With the help of Senate President Miller, legislators passed a bill ensuring that Maryland’s transportation decisions improve our quality of life.
Unfortunately, neither chamber passed bills to create a funding stream for much needed stormwater management projects or tried to stop the diversion of energy efficiency funds, both issues that we will be addressing in 2011.
Read our full 2010 Environmental Legislative Wrap-up online now.
Want to hear the inside story? We are holding two conference calls this Wednesday at noon and 7 pm to summarize what happened behind the scenes in Annapolis during the 2010 session. RSVP to receive the call in number.
Thank you for all your work this session, your emails, phone calls, visits, and attendance at the environmental summit helped us pass laws to protect our air land and water. We couldn’t have done it without you! Stay tuned for our 2010 General Assembly Scorecard in June.
And remember, 2010 is an important election year and Maryland LCV will be there working to elect pro-conservation candidates—we look forward to it and hope you will join us!
Thank you for making your voice heard,
Maryland LCV Education Fund
I breathed a sigh of relief last night, when this year’s session of the Maryland General Assembly came to a close at midnight. It was a whirlwind year, and the budget was clearly our biggest fight.
Halfway through the session, it looked like the environment was going to suffer losses across the board. But in the end, the House and Senate came through on many of our priorities. In particular, we were pleased that legislators chose not to divert funds from Program Open Space — this would not have happened without the strong support of Gov. Martin O’Malley.
Please thank the governor for maintaining funds for land preservation:
Outside the budget, our top legislative priorities were bills regarding transportation and solar power.
The transportation bill, which passed yesterday, steers state money into projects that will reduce our global warming pollution and are consistent with Maryland’s smart growth goals.
And, of the numerous solar power bills we supported, two passed through the Legislature. One of these bills increases the percentage of electricity that utility companies must draw from solar resources. Another requires utilities to pay customers for the surplus power they generate from solar panels.
You can see the complete rundown of our 2010 legislative priorities, and how they fared. 
And again, please remember to thank our governor!
Thanks again for making it all possible.
Environment Maryland State Director
P.S. Thanks again for your support. Please feel free to share this e-mail with your family and friends.