ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Senators are supporting a bill that would put a two year stop to any fracking in the state.
Senators on Monday voted 45-2 in favor of the bill, which sets adoption and implementation deadlines for hydraulic fracturing regulations, and prevents drilling permits from being issued until October 2017.
The bill originally proposed an eight-year moratorium on the controversial drilling method so that impacts to public health and the environment could be studied.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A measure to require paid sick leave in Maryland is not moving forward in the Legislature this year.
Supporters of a bill requiring up to seven paid sick days released a letter on Monday from two leading lawmaker who say the measure will not advance this session.
Sen. Thomas Middleton, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, and Del. Dereck Davis, who chairs the House Economic Matters Committee, wrote that their panels recognize the complex nature of the measure and the potential impact it would have on the state's businesses and workforce.