Md. House Panel Shoots Down Gov. Hogan’s Bill to Repeal Stormwater Fees

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A House committee voted against Gov. Larry Hogan's proposal to repeal stormwater management fees.

The House Environment and Transportation Committee voted 14-7 against the bill Friday.

Hogan, a Republican, campaigned against the fees, which critics derided as the “rain tax.” Hogan says residents spoke overwhelmingly against the fees. The governor says he's confident the Legislature will still repeal them.

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Del. Kumar Barve, a Montgomery County Democrat who chairs the panel, said the vote on Hogan's bill doesn't prejudice the committee against a related bill coming from the Senate.

Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, a Calvert County Democrat, is sponsoring a bill that would end the state mandate for fees, so long as nine counties and Baltimore city can show they are paying for federally mandated stormwater cleanup.

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