2017 Legislation

During the Legislative Session, the Maryland Department of Agriculture follows many bills that may impact the agency and the customers it serves. 

If MDA provides written testimony for any bill, that testimony will be posted below after the hearing, if not sooner. To read individual bills, fiscal notes and to obtain complete information about hearings and voting sessions, visit the Maryland General Assembly​ Website.​

Agricultural Briefings
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Departmental Bills

Bill Testimony
Any testimony that the department submits for or against a bill this legislative session will be posted below on or shortly after the day of the hearing on that bill.

HB602 / SB422 - Keep Antibiotics Effective Act of 2017
Committees: House Environment and Transportation; Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs
Feb. 14-15, 2017

HB830 - Pollinator Habitat Plans - Plan Contents - Requirements and Prohibitions
Committee: House Enrivonment and Transportation
Feb. 22, 2017

HB779 / SB719 - Conserving Working Waterfront Farms Act of 2017
Committees: House Environment and Transportation; Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs
Feb. 21-22, 2017

HB626 - Animal Shelters - Protocol Implementation and Enforcement
Committee: House Environment and Transportation
Feb. 15, 2017

SB773 - The Community Healthy Air Act
Committee: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
Feb. 28, 2017

SB975 - Agricultural Land Preservation Easements - Separate Parcels
Committee: Senate Judicial Proceedings
Feb. 28, 2017

SB932 - Dept. of Health and Mental Hygeiene -Atrazine Study
Committee: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
March 9, 2017
​Contact Information 

Matthew P. Teffeau
Director of Government Relations
50 Harry S Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-841-5886 
matthew.teffeau@maryland.gov