Thursday, April 16 2009 @ 05:57 PM UTC
Contributed by: B' Spokes
You've heard a lot from us lately as together we worked to protect funding for land conservation and toughen the state's smart growth laws. Now that the 2009 legislative session has come to a close, I wanted to update you on how our priorities for growth and the environment fared. Here are the highlights. For a more detailed look visit our website at www.friendsofmd.org, where you'll find information on a broad range of growth and environmental legislation from the 2009 session.
Environment and the Budget: Good Outcomes. Governor O'Malley and the legislature recognized that the environment remains a priority for Marylanders as they made tough financial decisions.
Smart and Fair Growth: Mixed Results.
The biggest disappointment this session was
the failure to make real progress on growth policies. 1000 Friends brought together a diverse coalition of leaders in smart growth, the environment, hou
sing and faith-based communities to fight for standards and accountability in local planning decisions. Although the bill did not pass, we did win some elements of this policy on the House floor and have set the stage for next year's fight. The Governor and General Assembly also took strong action to correct the court decision about Terrapin Run.
Global Warming: Big Victory! The General Assembly passed the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act. This strong law will reduce global warming pollution by 25 percent below 2006 levels by the year 2020.
Transportation Choices: Small Steps. No significant legislation passed this year to create a more balanced transportation system with more options for walking, bicycling and using transit.
Want to dig deeper? Visit our website at www.friendsofmd.org for a full run-down of environmental and growth bills.