Departmental Proposed and Emergency Regulations

The following outlines current “Notices of Proposed Action” for proposed regulations pending public comment and proposed emergency regulations pending approval that have been requested by the Maryland Secretary of Agriculture and published in the Maryland Register. Click on any of the headlines listed below to read the proposed regulations in their entirety. The contact information and deadline for submitting comments is also included below.

Notice of Proposed Action

The following notice was published in the February 5, 2016 ​Maryland Register (page 284).

Proposal to Amend, Repeal and Adopt Plant Pest Control Program Invasive Plant Regulations​

The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to amend Regulation .02, repeal existing Regulation .04, and adopt new Regulations .04, .06, and .07 under COMAR 15.06.04 Regulation of Invasive Plants. The purpose of this action is to establish a list of tier 1 plants and tier 2 plants in accordance with the Department's risk assessment protocol; establish a procedure for the classification or the declassification of an invasive plant as a tier 1 invasive plant or a tier 2 invasive plant; phase in the implementation of the requirements of this chapter; establish a procedure for the disposal of tier 1 plants; designate signage requirements; and provide for the distribution of a list of tier 2 invasive plants to licensed nurseries, plant dealers, and plant brokers on an annual basis. Comments may be sent to Carol Holko, Assistant Secretary, Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, or call (410) 841-5870, or email to carol.holko@maryland.gov, or fax to (410) 841-5835.  A public hearing has not been scheduled.Comments will be accepted through March 7, 2016. 

The following notice was published in the December 28, 2015 Maryland Register (page 1639).

Proposal to Adopt Agricultural Nutrient and Sediment Credit Certification Program Regulations

The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to adopt new Regulations .01—.11 under a new chapter, COMAR 15.20.12 Agricultural Nutrient and Sediment Credit Certification Program. The purpose of this action is to promulgate regulations to implement the Agricultural Nutrient and Sediment Credit Certification Program, a voluntary, market-based water quality trading program which can provide a funding mechanism for natural resource conservation practices that reduce nutrient and sediment pollution in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Comments may be sent to Susan Payne, Program Coordinator, Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, or call 410-841-5897, or email to susan.payne@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-841-5914. A public hearing has not been scheduled. Comments will be accepted through January 27, 2016. 


Proposed Emergency Regulations

There are no proposed emergency regulations at this time
 

Notices of Final Action

Note: Notices of Final Action will stay on this page for six months. After that, all state regulations can be viewed at the Code of Maryla​nd Regulations (COMAR) site.

The following notice was published in the February 5, 2016 ​Maryland Register (page 273).

Proposal to Ammend Manure Transport Project Regulations

On January 14, 2016, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted Regulations .02—.04 and .06, new Regulation .07, and the recodification of existing Regulations .07—.09 to be Regulations 08—.10 under COMAR 15.20.05 Manure Transport Project. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 42:19 Md. R. 1241 - 1243 (September 18, 2015), has been adopted as proposed.
Effective Date: February 15, 2016.

The following notice was published in the December 28, 2015 Maryland Register (page 1596).

Proposal to Amend Board of Veterinary Medical Examiner Regulations

On December 2, 2015, the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners adopted amendments to Regulation .02 under COMAR 15.14.12 Fees. This action, which proposed for adoption in 42.21 Md. R. 1327 - 1328 (October 16, 2015), has been adoped as proposed.
Effective Date: July 1, 2016