Last week, I discussed the bipartisan budget. The operating budget passed the House by an overwhelming 129-10 vote. The Budget Financing and Reconciliation act (known as the "BRFA") that implements many of the legal changes required by the budget, passed 122-17. The budget now heads to the Senate.
Tuesday was the "cross-over" deadline, meaning any bill that did not pass the House before Tuesday is not guaranteed a hearing in the Senate (and vice versa). The work in the House ahead will largely consist of hearings and floor debates on Senate-passed bills.
Before leaving office, the previous Governor published regulations related to the Phosphorous Management Tool ("PMT") to measure and control phosphorous run-off into the Chesapeake Bay. Before the regulations became final, Governor Hogan withdrew them and introduced his own version. I co-sponsored legislation to put in statute the original regulations. Last week, the Governor, General Assembly, farmers, and environmentalists came to an agreement on the regulations. The compromise clarifies the implementation schedule and closes a major loophole in Governor Hogan's proposal that would have never seen the PMT fully implemented.
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