2020 Legislation

Every year during the Legislative Session, the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) follows many bills that may impact the agency, agriculture, and its constituents​.

If the department 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.​​​

Departmental Bills

A summary of MDA's 2020 departmental bills can be found here​

SB 9 - Maryland Department of Agriculture - Agriculture - ​ ​Maryland Egg Law - Revisions
Jan. 16, 2020
Committee: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs​
 
SB 92 - Maryland Department of Agriculture - Secretary of Agriculture - Weed Control Law
Jan. 16, 2020​
​Committee: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs​
 
SB 118 - Maryland Department of Agriculture - Land Use - Alcohol Production and Agricultural Alcohol Production
Jan. 16, 2019
Committee: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

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.

HB 229 - Pesticides - Use of Chlorpyrifos - Prohibition
February 12, 2020
Committee: House Environment and Transportation

HB 161​ - Nutrient Management - Professional Fertilizer Applicators - Requirements and Penalties
February 12, 2020
Committee: House Environment and Transportation
Legislative Comment
HB 156 - Agriculture - Cost-Sharing Program - Sale of Harvested Cover Crops
February 12, 2020
Committee: House Environment and Transportation
Legislative Comment

HB 100 - Maryland Agricultural Commission - Hemp Industry Member
February 12, 2020
Committee: House Environment and Transportation

SB 351 - Agriculture - Farmers Markets - Advertising, Labeling, and Enforcement (Farmers Market Integrity Act)
February 11, 2020
Committee: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

SB 491 - Regulation of Invasive Plants - Bamboo - Prohibitions
February 11, 2020
Committee: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

SB 300 - Pesticides - Use of Chlorpyrifos - Prohibition​
February 11, 2020
Committee: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

SB 295Agriculture - Cost-Sharing Program - Sale of Harvested Cover Crops
February 11, 2020
Committee: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

SB 244 - Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation - Valuation of Easement
February 11, 2020
Committee: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

SB 189​State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners - Practicing Veterinary Medicine Without a License - Cease and Desist Order and Civil Penalty
January 29, 2020
Committee: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

HB 17​ - Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation - Valuation of Easement
January 29, 2020
Committee: House Environment and Transportation

Contact Information

Cassie Shirk
Director of Legislation & Government Relations
50 Harry S Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-841-5886