Category Archives: Environmental Issues

Senate Overrides Hogan Veto Of Clean Energy Jobs Act

One veto override complete: the Senate today voted 32-13 to override Larry Hogan’s 2016 veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act. The House yesterday voted 88-51 to similar effect. Democratic lawmakers completed their override of Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill that increases renewable energy requirements with a party-line vote on Thursday. The Senate voted, 32-13, to override Hogan’s veto, after… Read more »

Want To #ThankALegislator?

Here’s a nice, easy way to say “thanks” to the MoCo House delegation for unanimously voting to override Larry Hogan’s veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act – a petition set up by the new leadership of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC). Seems to me like a pretty cool thing to do.

House Dems Override Hogan Veto Of Renewable Energy Bill

In the first of several veto override showdowns this session, the House of Delegates voted 88-51 earlier today to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act. Maryland’s House of Delegates voted Tuesday 88 to 51 to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s 2016 veto of a bill calling for stronger renewable-energy standards, moving the Democratic-majority legislature one key vote… Read more »

AG Opinion: Localities May Ban Fracking

Via friend of the blog Senator Roger Manno comes word of a new attorney general opinion indicating that even if state law allows for fracking, local governments may, in certain circumstances, have the right to ban fracking as part of their zoning power. Sandra Brantley, counsel to the General Assembly, wrote a three page letter which concludes as follows: [I]t is my… Read more »

LCV Scorecard

Lost amidst the hubbub of yesterday’s events here in Philadelphia, Maryland LCV put out its annual scorecard of Maryland legislators. And they did a very smart thing – they tagged me on Twitter to make sure I saw it. Maryland General Assembly gets positive marks for passing strong legislation on climate change and pesticides but loses points for failing to ban… Read more »

Bethesda Magazine Weighs In On Barve-Raskin Dispute

Plus some bonus discussion of super PACs too. Lou Peck, take it away. A dispute between two contenders for the District 8 Democratic congressional nomination—state Del. Kumar Barve and state Sen. Jamie Raskin—over a TV ad being aired by the Raskin campaign is escalating, as an independent fact-checking group weighed in with an analysis that lends support to Barve’s criticism of… Read more »

Barve Escalates War With Raskin

Kumar Barve, bolstered by the findings of the fact-check by Verbatim of Jamie Raskin’s claims to be the “only” candidate to have passed legislation relating to reducing the state’s carbon footprint and to put a moratorium on fracking, has now called for the Sierra Club to demand that Raskin take down the ads. Facebook:   And Twitter:   The Raskin campaign has… Read more »

Fact-Check: Raskin’s “Only” Claims

The recent dustup between Senator Jamie Raskin and Delegate Kumar Barve over whether Raskin is the “only” legislator to move positive environmental legislation forward has reached Verbatim, a new political fact check arm of Ballotpedia. The open race in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District has attracted a crowded Democratic field, including three state lawmakers. Maryland Del. Kumar Barve (D-District 17), Del. Ana… Read more »

Barve Climate Change Bill To Be Signed Today

Another marker in the ongoing “effective legislator” debate. From the Barve press shop: BARVE CLIMATE CHANGE BILL TO BE SIGNED INTO LAW Greenhouse Gas Revision Cuts Emissions, Follows Federal Plan Delegate Kumar Barve’s bill to fight climate change has passed the Maryland General Assembly and is scheduled to be signed into law by Governor Hogan on Monday, April 4 at… Read more »

Van Hollen, Edwards Both Earn Perfect LCV Scores

The League of Conservation Voters announced its scorecard for 2015, and both Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen received perfect 100 scores. For the prior 113th Congress, Van Hollen scored a 97, Edwards 95. Lifetime scores Van Hollen 98, Edwards 97. For comparison purposes Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski scored 96 each for 2015. For the prior Congress, it was… Read more »