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Leopold unveils 5 bills

The Baltimore Sun

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold has asked the county's General Assembly delegation to introduce five bills that he said would promote public health and the environment and preserve revenue.

The legislation will be sponsored by Delegation Chairs Del. Mary Ann Love and Sen. John C. Astle, both Democrats, according to Leopold's office.

"While our primary goal is to mitigate the budget pain that will come from reductions in state aid to counties, there are other important gains that can be made through these initiatives," Leopold said in a statement.

Leopold said the five bills would:

* Strengthen legislation by the Maryland Department of Environment regarding coal fly ash.

* Allow use of money in the Bay Restoration Fund for inspections and monitoring of on-site nitrogen-removing septic systems.

* Extend the statute of limitation for counties to enforce storm water management plans from one year to three years.

* Require the state to reimburse counties that implement health monitoring and testing of wells.

* Postpone the "sunset" from July 2009 to July 2010 for operation of instant bingo at three locations in the county.

"This clearly would allow the bingo operations to continue, and the county would continue to derive the amusement tax revenue from these establishments," Leopold said.

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