Maryland General Assembly votes by local legislators
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:58

General Assembly Votes

•    How the 6th District legislators voted on select bills during the session. Bills are not law until they are signed by the governor.

SB 170: The Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Bill, which provides $38.9 billion in appropriations for 2015 — an increase of $1.6 billion (4.3 percent) above fiscal 2014. General fund spending accounts for 41.3 percent of the total budget. Federal funds support 27.1 percent of all spending.  Special funds constitute 21 percent of the budget, and higher education revenue provides the remaining 10.6 percent.  State agency operations constitute the largest area of spending, representing 44.4 percent of the total budget. Entitlements account for 25.1 percent of the budget, and 20.2 percent is provided as aid to local governments. Passed Senate 40-7; passed House 98-37.
Yes: Sen. Norman Stone, delegates Joseph “Sonny” Minnick, John Olszewski Jr. and Michael Weir Jr.


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New pumping station for Bullneck Creek
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:54

Failing septic system dates back to 1980s

by Ben Boehl

    Baltimore County announced a plan to divert 10,000 gallons of waste water per day from entering Bullneck Creek. The plan calls for the construction of a private sewage pumping station that is expected to keep the sewage out of the creek.
    According to the county, failing septic systems caused the sewage to come from 100 homes in the Dundalk Mobile Home Court.
    County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said he is glad to see an end to a problem that dates back to the early 1980s and resulted from poor soils and a shallow groundwater table.
    “This is a tangible, permanent solution to an ongoing problem that has been damaging our local waterways for many years,”  Kamenetz said.
    The county Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) said it has spent the last two years working with the Department of Public Works and the management of the Dundalk Mobile Court, which the county says is providing primary funding for the $1.5 million project, which will also receive $90,000 in funding through  a Maryland Bay Restoration Fund grant.
   

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