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Climate change bill passes Senate on party line vote

Climate change bill passes Senate on party line vote

The Maryland Senate approved a bill Tuesday preserving a commission on climate change on a party-line vote after a sharp debate. The 32-14 vote, with all of the chamber’s Republicans opposed, sent to the House a bill that perpetuates a commission that former Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley created by executive order in 2007. In effect, the bill would say that Republican Gov. Larry Hogan may not abolish the panel, which is part of the Maryland Department of the Environment. Sen. Andrew A. Serafini, a Western Maryland Republican, said he objects to language in the bill that treats human-driven climate change as an established fact. He said commission members should keep an...

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