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2013 Legislative Accomplishments

The 2013 session delivered several clear victories for the health of the Chesapeake Bay and the Chesapeake Bay oyster. At Chesapeake BaySavers,  we are so proud that our members played an active and vital role in advancing legislation that will create a healthier Bay.

With your help, delegates and senators passed three key, oyster-friendly bills by the time the legislature adjourned Sine Die this past Monday.

Here’s a quick look at what we accomplished:

Recycled Oyster Shell Tax Credits:

A $1 tax credit was established for every bushel of oyster shells recycled by Maryland taxpayers

Pesticide Tracking:

Legislature created a working group to study the options for requiring Maryland pesticide applicators to regularly update a public database, detailing the type, location and date of pesticide applications.

Oyster Restoration Funding:

The final Capital Budget for Fiscal Year 2014 now includes $10 million for oyster restoration efforts.

Harmful Bills Rejected:

Legislators rejected bills that could have harmed the Bay oyster, including proposals to expand power dredging of oyster bars and to place a moratorium on the expansion of oyster sanctuaries.

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