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Brochin pushes 'rain tax' repeal, fracking ban
Brochin pushes 'rain tax' repeal, fracking ban

Much of the talk in Annapolis so far has been on the budget, but two hotly disputed environmental issues loom.  Bill have already been introduced to repeal of the so-called "rain tax" and to ban "fracking," or hydraulic fracturing, for natural gas in western Marylnd. Both were put in by the same lawmaker: Sen. James Brochin, a Baltimore County Democrat known for his independent, if not maverick, stances. He's actually aligned himself with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan on the "rain tax," the derogatory term critics have pinned on the storm-water management fees that Baltimore city and the state's nine largest counties were required to impose...