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2023 Legislative Session Recap

Published on 4/20/2023

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This year’s 90-day session closed last week after a head-spinning madhouse run through over 3,000 bills of which 810 made it across the finish line. The General Assembly passed only three of the 16 bills we were tracking (click here for the list). These included a permit exemption for on-farm composting (HB0253/SB0262), procurement requirements for compost, mulch, soil amendments and recycled aggregate (HB0586/SB0782), and last, but not least, a very slimmed-down version of the EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) for packaging bill (SB0222).

In response to advocacy from MRN and a number of other industry organizations, the EPR bill has been scaled back to the establishment of an Advisory Council and a Producer Responsibility Organization and most importantly, requiring a needs assessment to confirm a sustainable and financially viable basis on which to implement EPR in Maryland. The final version of the bill can be seen here.

Though versions of the Paint Stewardship bill (HB0255/SB0260) passed both the House and the Senate, the final reconciled version did not make it through the chaotic rush to adjournment at midnight on April 10. Hopefully, the bill can succeed in 2024 after nearly five years on the docket.

Read a recap of the session.

We’ll be providing all the juicy details as well as a look ahead to the likely contenders in the 2024 session during the legislative update at the MRN/SWANA Mid-Atlantic Conference on June 12. Click here for all the details and register today!

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