2018 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.​​


Secretary Joe Bartenfelder
Jan. 25, 2018


Departmental Bill

HB 252​ - Agriculture - Definition of Agritourism
Committee: Environment & Transportation
Feb. 7, 2018​
Department Testimony


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.

SB 133 - Community Healthy Air Act
Committee: Education, Health and
Environmental Affairs
Jan. 24, 2018

SB 153 - Income Tax Credit - Oyster Shell Recycling
Committee: Budget and Taxation
Jan. 25, 2018

SB 500 - Pesticides - Use of Chlorpyrifos - Prohibition
Committee: Education, Health and
Environmental Affairs
Feb. 13, 2018

HB 515 - Agriculture - Palmer Amaranth - Noxious Weed List Addition
Commitee: Environment & Transportation
Feb. 14, 2018

HB 698 - Agriculture - Industrial Hemp Pilot Program - Establishment
Committee: Environment & Transportation
Feb. 14, 2018

HB 870 - Public Schools - Agricultural Education Programs
Committee: Ways and Means
Feb. 15, 2018

SB 571​ - Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation - Use of Land - Signs and Outdoor Advertising Displays
Committee: Education, Health and 
Environmental Affairs
Feb. 20, 2018
Written Support

SB 610 - Natural Resources - Forest Conservation Act - Standards and Requirements
Committee: Education, Health and 
Environmental Affairs
Feb. 20, 2018
Letter of Concern

SB 700 - Task Force to Study the Feasibility of Establishing a Shelter Animal Refuge
Committee: Education, Health and 
Environmental Affairs
Feb. 20, 2018

HB 1229 - Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation - Use of Land - Signs and Outdoor Advertising Displays
Committee: Environment and Transportation
February 23, 2018

SB 848 - Income Tax Credit - Wineries and Vineyards - Procedures to Claim Credit and Sunset Extension
Committee: Budget and Taxation
March 7, 2018

HB 1532 -  Higher Education - Maryland Loan Assistance Repayment Program - Farmers​
Committee: House Ways and Means
March 8, 2018

​Contact Information

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