Laws and Legislation

Laws

The Maryland Department of Agriculture is a primary agency within the State of Maryland government. The agency's legal authority comes under the Ann​otated Code of Maryland - Title 2 and the Co​de of Maryland Regulations (COMAR)​ - Title XV.

2022 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 Bill

SB 206 - Department of Agriculture - Spay/Neuter Fund - Extension
Jan. 18, 2022
Committee: Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
Legislative Comment

​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 75 - Maryland Agricultural Commission - Hemp Industry Member
Jan. 14, 2022
Committee: House Environment and Transportation

HB 191 - Department of Agriculture - Spay/Neuter Fund - Extension and Report
Jan. 14, 2022
Committee: House Environment and Transportation

HB 147 - Maryland Farms and Families Fun, Maryland Food and Agricultural Resiliency Mechanism Gran Program, and Maryland Farm-to-School Meal Grant Pilot Program - Alterations and Establishment
Jan. 19, 2022
Committee: House Environment and Transportation, Ways and Means
Legislative Comment

SB 7 - Invasive and Native Plants - Classification, Listing, Use, and Sales and Use Tax
Jan. 25, 2022
Committee: Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs; Budget and Taxation
Legislative Comment

SB 32 - Worcester County - Public Safety - Buildings Used for Agritourism
Jan. 25, 2022
Committee: Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

SB 39 - Task Force to Study the Feasibility of Returning to State Meat Processing Inspection (Farms Buy Local Act)
Jan. 25, 2022
Committe: Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

SB 121 - Maryland Farms and Families Fund, Maryland Food and Agricultural Resiliency Mechanism Grant Program, and Maryland Farm-to-School Meal Grant Pilot Program - Alterations and Establishment
Jan. 25, 2022
Committe: Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

HB 15 - Invasive and Native Plants – Classification, Listing, Use, and Sales and Use Tax
Jan. 26, 2022
Committee: House Environment and Transportation; Ways and Means

SB 268 - Pesticide Regulation - Transfer to Department of the Environment
Feb. 2, 2022
Committee: Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

SB 489 - Queen Anne's County - Public Safety - Buildings Used for Agritourism
Feb. 8, 2022
Committee: Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs

HB 387 - Pesticide Regulation - Transfer to Department of the Environment
Feb. 9, 2022
Committee: House Environment and Transportation

HB 586 - Queen Anne's County - Public Safety - Buildings Used for Agritourism
Feb. 25, 2022
Committee: House Environment and Transportation
HB 570 ​- Pesticides – Mosquito Control Products and PFAS Chemicals
March 2, 2022
Committee: House Environment and Transportation


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