Category: general assembly


Statewide EPS Foam Ban Explodes into Millions of Tiny Pieces Upon Death in the MD General Assembly

Learn the ins and outs of what happened to the EPS foam ban this legislative session.

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The most toxic food packaging

We need your help to reduce plastic pollution in Maryland!

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We banned the bead!

Quick update, ahead of a longer statement later this week: The General Assembly gave final passage to HB216, ban on microbeads in personal care products, last night! The ban applies to all microbeads made of traditional plastic as well as…

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Fish don’t need exfoliants

UPDATE 3/12: The Senate formally passed the bill today, again unanimously. This is very exciting! Now…on to the House. Today the Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval to SB200, which prohibits the manufacture and sale of plastic microbeads in personal care…

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Our 2015 Maryland legislative agenda

On Wednesday, a new General Assembly will be sworn in, ushering in a new legislative session that may run very differently from the past four years. Even though the Assembly still has a veto-proof Democratic majority, Republican Governor-elect Hogan, a…

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Mid-February Legislative Update

We are one month into the three-month session of the Maryland General Assembly. Here’s a quick report on bills we are following: SB707/HB718 Community Cleanup and Greening Act: This is the bag bill. This year we are proposing that all…

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If only butts just went away…

Last week the Economic Matters Committee heard testimony and voted on on HB 405, which proposed prohibiting the sale of cigarettes unless the filters are made of biodegradable material. Delegate Jon Cardin introduced the bill to call attention to the…

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Our statement about the bag fee’s failure

On Saturday, March 23, the Economic Matters Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates voted down a measure that would have enabled counties to establish a 5-cent fee on disposable bags. The vote, 14-9 on a motion for an unfavorable…

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Bag bill moving through House

This morning the Environmental Matters Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates passed HB1086, the Community Cleanup and Greening Act. It was amended from the original bill and now will enable all counties in the state to pass a disposable…

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Update from Annapolis

Trash Free Maryland is very busy in Annapolis right now, working the General Assembly to pass three bills to reduce trash in neighborhoods and waterways across the state. The three bills are – disposable bag fee for Maryland. This is…

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