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Stormwater fees to be prominent session issue

Friday - 1/3/2014, 5:26pm  ET

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Potential changes to stormwater management fees in Maryland are bound to be debated prominently in the upcoming legislative session.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, D-Calvert, said Friday he wants to change the law to make its implementation more uniform in the state's 10 largest jurisdictions, where the fees are in effect.

House Speaker Michael Busch, D- Anne Arundel, says while discussions are certain to take place, the 10 jurisdictions were allowed under the law to form their own plans for assessing the fees. Busch also points out that the fees are part of the state's effort to comply with federal water quality standards.

Opponents hoping to repeal the fees call them a "rain tax." But the presiding officers agree the fees are here to stay.

The session begins next week.

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