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SB 278 - Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan - Key Vote

Maryland Key Votes

Thomas Miller, Jr. voted Yea (Concurrence Vote) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (36-9) - (Key vote)

Title: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to repass a bill, after having concurred with House amendments thereto, that requires the state of Maryland to reduce its statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from 2006 levels by 2020, and requires the Department of the Environment to adopt a plan to achieve this by December 31, 2012.

Highlights:
-Establishes requirements for the Department of the Environment when developing the plan, including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 3):
    -Ensuring that the plan does not require a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the state's manufacturing sector, cause a significant increase in the costs to the state's manufacturing sector, or directly cause any loss of existing jobs in the manufacturing sector; -Ensuring that the plan produces a net economic benefit to the state economy and a net increase in jobs in the state; -Ensuring that the plan does not disproportionately impact rural or low-income, low-to-moderate income, or minority communities, or other particular class of electricity ratepayers; -Ensuring that the plan does not decrease the likelihood of reliable and affordable electrical service and statewide fuel supplies; -Ensuring that the plan minimizes leakage, meaning a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that is offset by a corresponding increase from another source; -Ensuring that the plan is implemented in an efficient and cost-effective manner; -Ensuring that the plan provides for credits for sources that voluntarily reduce its greenhouse gas emissions; -Ensuring that the plan provides for the use of offset credits generated by alternative compliance mechanisms; -Considering whether the measures would result in an increase in electricity costs to consumers in the state; and -Considering the impact of the plan on the ability of the state to attract, expand, and retain commercial aviation services, and conserve, protect, and retain agriculture.
-Requires an institution of higher education in the state to conduct an independent study of the economic impact of requiring the state's manufacturing sector to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, and requires the institution to report the study to the Governor and the General Assembly by October 1, 2015 (Sec. 3). -Requires the Governor to appoint a task force to oversee the independent study listed above that includes representatives from labor unions, affected industries and businesses, environmental organizations, and low-income and minority communities, and requires the members reflect the geographic, racial, and gender diversity of the state (Sec. 3). -Requires the Department of the Environment to report to the Governor by October 1, 2015 on the following (Sec. 3):
    -Summary of the state's progress towards achieving the 25 percent reduction goal; -Update on emerging technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; -Review of the best scientific data regarding the level and pace of greenhouse gas emissions reductions and the need to avoid changes to the earth's climate; -Status of any federal program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and any transition by the state from its participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to a federal cap and trade program; -Analysis of the overall economic costs and benefits to the state's economy, environment, and public health as a result of the plan; and -Recommendations for revised regulations, control programs, or incentives that are necessary to achieve the 25 percent reduction goal.
-Authorizes the General Assembly to maintain, revise, or eliminate the 25 percent greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal based upon independent study being conducted by an institution of higher education and the report being issued by the Department of the Environment (Sec. 3). -This bill is sponsored by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. by request of the Governor.
Note:

NOTE: THE LEGISLATURE PROVIDES ITS MEMBERS WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO BOTH VOTE ON WHETHER TO CONCUR WITH THE OPPOSING CHAMBER'S AMENDMENTS AND, IF THE CONCURRENCE VOTE SUCCEEDS, VOTE TO REPASS THE BILL AFTER THE AMENDMENTS ARE INCORPORATED. THIS IS A VOTE ON REPASSAGE OF THE BILL AFTER THE MEMBERS CONCURRED WITH THE OPPOSING CHAMBER'S AMENDMENTS.

Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (107-30) - (Key vote)

Title: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires the state of Maryland to reduce its statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from 2006 levels by 2020, and requires the Department of the Environment to adopt a plan to achieve this by December 31, 2012.

Highlights:
-Establishes requirements for the Department of the Environment when developing the plan, including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 3):
    -Ensuring that the plan does not require a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the state's manufacturing sector, cause a significant increase in the costs to the state's manufacturing sector, or directly cause any loss of existing jobs in the manufacturing sector; -Ensuring that the plan produces a net economic benefit to the state economy and a net increase in jobs in the state; -Ensuring that the plan does not disproportionately impact rural or low-income, low-to-moderate income, or minority communities, or other particular class of electricity ratepayers; -Ensuring that the plan does not decrease the likelihood of reliable and affordable electrical service and statewide fuel supplies; -Ensuring that the plan minimizes leakage, meaning a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that is offset by a corresponding increase from another source; -Ensuring that the plan is implemented in an efficient and cost-effective manner; -Ensuring that the plan provides for credits for sources that voluntarily reduce its greenhouse gas emissions; -Ensuring that the plan provides for the use of offset credits generated by alternative compliance mechanisms; -Considering whether the measures would result in an increase in electricity costs to consumers in the state; and -Considering the impact of the plan on the ability of the state to attract, expand, and retain commercial aviation services, and conserve, protect, and retain agriculture.
-Requires an institution of higher education in the state to conduct an independent study of the economic impact of requiring the state's manufacturing sector to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, and requires the institution to report the study to the Governor and the General Assembly by October 1, 2015 (Sec. 3). -Requires the Governor to appoint a task force to oversee the independent study listed above that includes representatives from labor unions, affected industries and businesses, environmental organizations, and low-income and minority communities, and requires the members reflect the geographic, racial, and gender diversity of the state (Sec. 3). -Requires the Department of the Environment to report to the Governor by October 1, 2015 on the following (Sec. 3):
    -Summary of the state's progress towards achieving the 25 percent reduction goal; -Update on emerging technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; -Review of the best scientific data regarding the level and pace of greenhouse gas emissions reductions and the need to avoid changes to the earth's climate; -Status of any federal program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and any transition by the state from its participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to a federal cap and trade program; -Analysis of the overall economic costs and benefits to the state's economy, environment, and public health as a result of the plan; and -Recommendations for revised regulations, control programs, or incentives that are necessary to achieve the 25 percent reduction goal.
-Authorizes the General Assembly to maintain, revise, or eliminate the 25 percent greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal based upon independent study being conducted by an institution of higher education and the report being issued by the Department of the Environment (Sec. 3). -This bill is sponsored by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. by request of the Governor.
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (36-9) - (Key vote)

Title: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires the state of Maryland to reduce its statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent from 2006 levels by 2020, and requires the Department of the Environment to adopt a plan to achieve this by December 31, 2012.

Highlights:
-Establishes requirements for the Department of the Environment when developing the plan, including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 3):
    -Ensuring that the plan does not require a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the state's manufacturing sector, cause a significant increase in the costs to the state's manufacturing sector, or directly cause any loss of existing jobs in the manufacturing sector; -Ensuring that the plan produces a net economic benefit to the state economy and a net increase in jobs in the state; -Ensuring that the plan does not disproportionately impact rural or low-income, low-to-moderate income, or minority communities, or other particular class of electricity ratepayers; -Ensuring that the plan does not decrease the likelihood of reliable and affordable electrical service and statewide fuel supplies; -Ensuring that the plan minimizes leakage, meaning a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that is offset by a corresponding increase from another source; -Ensuring that the plan is implemented in an efficient and cost-effective manner; -Ensuring that the plan provides for credits for sources that voluntarily reduce its greenhouse gas emissions; and -Ensuring that the plan provides for the use of offset credits generated by alternative compliance mechanisms.
-Requires an institution of higher education in the state to conduct an independent study of the economic impact of requiring the state's manufacturing sector to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, and requires the institution to report the study to the Governor and the General Assembly by October 1, 2015 (Sec. 3). -Requires the Governor to appoint a task force to oversee the independent study listed above that includes representatives from labor unions, affected industries and businesses, environmental organizations, and low-income and minority communities, and requires the members reflect the geographic, racial, and gender diversity of the state (Sec. 3). -Requires the Department of the Environment to report to the Governor by October 1, 2015 on the following (Sec. 3):
    -Summary of the state's progress towards achieving the 25 percent reduction goal; -Update on emerging technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; -Review of the best scientific data regarding the level and pace of greenhouse gas emissions reductions and the need to avoid changes to the earth's climate; -Status of any federal program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and any transition by the state from its participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to a federal cap and trade program; -Analysis of the overall economic costs and benefits to the state's economy, environment, and public health as a result of the plan; and -Recommendations for revised regulations, control programs, or incentives that are necessary to achieve the 25 percent reduction goal.
-Authorizes the General Assembly to maintain, revise, or eliminate the 25 percent greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal based upon independent study being conducted by an institution of higher education and the report being issued by the Department of the Environment (Sec. 3). -This bill is sponsored by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. by request of the Governor.
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

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