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Senators hear bid to repeal law requiring stormwater fees

Senators hear bid to repeal law requiring stormwater fees

Gov. Larry Hogan's campaign pledge to repeal Maryland's so-called rain tax got a Senate hearing Tuesday, where a Republican county executive, a parade of business owners, and even one Democratic senator called the mandatory pollution cleanup fees unfair, burdensome and unnecessary. Patrick Hogan, the governor's deputy legislative director, said the Republican administration wants to free Baltimore and large suburban counties from having to charge homeowners and businesses fees to pay for reducing stormwater runoff from streets, buildings and parking lots. "The governor and this entire administration is committed to protecting our waterways," said Hogan, the...

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