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MD senate clears path for manure compromise


March 26, 2015, Baltimore, MD – Legislation restricting phosphorus use on Eastern Shore farms may be on its dying breath after a Senate bill was referred back to committee — clearing the way for the larger compromise.

After Gov. Larry Hogan and Assembly Democrats announced the sides had reached an agreement on a new version of Hogan’s regulations, Sen. Paul Pinsky, D-22-Prince George’s, referred his bill back to the Health, Education and Environmental Affairs committee. The bill mirrored former Gov. Martin O’Malley’s plan for restricted the use of chicken manure on Shore farmers, which was pulled by Gov. Hogan at the last minute before publication in the Maryland Register. READ MORE