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4 1 INTERIOR MERCHANDISING SINGLE FAMILY DETATCHED $400,000 - $499,999 Award of Excellence Builder's Design Molly Pitcher at Logan's Reserve

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INTERIOR MERCHANDISING SINGLE FAMILY DETATCHED $500,000 - $599,999 Award of Excellence Builder's Design Amanda Michelle at Logan's Reserve

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INTERIOR MERCHANDISING SINGLE FAMILY DETATCHED $600,000 - $699,999 Award of Excellence Merchandising East Madison at Emerson

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INTERIOR MERCHANDISING SINGLE FAMILY DETATCHED $700,000 - $849,999 Award of Excellence Carlyn and Company Avignon at The Links at Gettysburg

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4 1 INTERIOR MERCHANDISING SINGLE FAMILY DETATCHED $859,000 - $999,999 Award of Excellence Artery Homes Washington at The Vistas at Springdale

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INTERIOR MERCHANDISING SINGLE FAMILY DETATCHED $1 Million & Over Award of Excellence Builder's Design Savannah Marie at Moore's Meadow

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INTERIOR MERCHANDISING TOWNHOME $275,000 - $349,999 Award of Excellence Builder's Design Fairfax at Emerald Hills

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INTERIOR MERCHANDISING TOWNHOME $425,000 - $524,999 Award of Excellence Merchandising East Hyde Park at Summitt Chase

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4 1 INTERIOR MERCHANDISING TOWNHOME $525,000 & Over Award of Excellence Carlyn and Company Aspen at The Retreat at Fairwood Silver Merit Merchandising East Carrollton at Hidden Bluff

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INTERIOR MERCHANDISING MULTIFAMILY $250,000 - $324,999 Award of Excellence Interior Concepts Newport at Hopewell Pointe

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INTERIOR MERCHANDISING MULTIFAMILY $325,000 - $424,999 Award of Excellence Karen Renèe Interior Design Baldwin II at Ellicott Hills

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INTERIOR MERCHANDISING CLUBHOUSE 4,000 Square Feet & Over Award of Excellence Merchandising East Clubhouse at North Oakes

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2004 Maryland Award of Excellence

2004 Salespeople of the Year

Sales Manager Greg Cullison Ryan Homes Rookie Catherine Feeley Richmond American Homes Sales/Construction Team Dave Benser Matt Dull Dave Fitzhugh Jane Vogelsang K. Hovnanian Homes Sales Team Chris Jett Terry Riley Ryan Homes Single Family Detached Larry Stone Builder's Advantage Townhome Candace Smith Ryan Homes Townhome - Silver Merit Marie Dressel Grayson Homes Active Adult Steve Shrader Ryan Homes Exceptional Sales Patrick Addington Ryland Homes Karin Lipinski Ryan Homes Exceptional Sales Silver Merit Mike DeSarno Builder's 1st Choice/ Artery Homes Marie Dressel Grayson Homes Multifamily Linda Harrison Builder's 1st Choice/ Tidewater Homes Multiple Product Nancy Ermenidis Builder's 1st Choice/ PCS Homes

Overall Sales Excellence Award Chris Jett Terry Riley Ryan Homes ADVERTISING/MEDIA Asher Bartos Universal Housing Corp. Advertising Supplement Asher Bartos Kimberly Homes Best Billboard Asher Bartos Regents' Glen - Advertising/ Media Campaign Engle Homes Best Advertising Campaign K. Hovananian Homes Best Advertising/Media Campaign BROCHURE Caruso Homes Symphony Village at Centreville

Escapade Advertising Sturbridge Homes "Leondardtown" Richmond American Homes Corporate Brochure Clark Turner Homes Bulle Rock Silver Merit Winner Escapade Advertising Sturbridge Homes The Village South at Waugh Chapel WEBSITE Escapade Advertising Sturbridge Homes Richmond American Homes Clark Turner Homes Bulle Rock GRAND COMMUNITY Clark Turner Homes The Shores at Water's Edge

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Countrywide Wholesale Lender - Builder's Division Countrywide Wholesale Lender Fannie Mae Friday Home Guide Washington Times Gemcraft Homes Hamilton Reed Hammer Communications The L&L Company Patriot Homes Richmond American Homes Ryland Homes Toll Brothers Yorktowne Cabinetry SILVER American Home Mortgage Anderson Windows

Builders Design Capital Lighting Century 21 H.T. Brown Chesapeake Siding Dan Ryan Builders Designer Surfaces Unlimited Eastern Concrete Engle Homes First Franklin First Horizon Home Loans GE Appliances Guardian Home Technologies Hagemeyer/Tri-State Electric Hirshorn Zuckerman Design Group HomeBuilder.com Lennar Maryland Ready Mix Concrete Association Progress Lighting

Provident Bank Silver Line Windows SunTrust Universal American Mortgage Williamsburg Group Woodhaven Building & Development, Inc. SPECIALTY ITEM SPONSORS Bradford Bank Caruso Homes NV Homes Outside Unlimited Residential Title & Escrow Company Ryland Homes DIAMOND NVHomes/Ryan Homes Patriot Homes, Inc.

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Home Builders Association of Maryland Government Affairs Department

2005 State Legislative Report

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t is often said that a legislative session is defined more by what did not pass than by what is passed into law. The 2005 session of the Maryland General Assembly fit the old saying quite well. The legislative season which started with a special session to debate and pass legislation addressing the rising cost of medical malpractice insurance, ended with another deadlock over slot machines; leaving unresolved how the legislature will pay for the $2 billion in additional school operating spending and $3.85 billion in school capital construction spending mandated in prior years.

As has been widely reported, the State's budget deficit is due mainly to increased Medicaid spending and mandated increases in spending on K-12 education known as the Thornton Plan. The Thornton Plan requires that spending on primary education increase from about $2.8 billion per year to $4.8 billion per year by 2008. These figures do not include the capital costs associ-

ated with the Thorton Plan. Full day kindergarten is estimated to require the construction of 698 additional classrooms state-wide at a cost of over $200 million for construction and furnishings. Jurisdictions in HBAM's service territory would require over 350 additional classrooms prior to the 2007 implementation deadline for full-day kindergarten. A survey conducted for the task force in 2003 identified $3.85 billion in school facility deficiencies and led to General Assembly passage of legislation requiring that the deficiencies be addressed by 2013. Based on the existing cost share formula, the state share of school building upgrades is $2 billion ($250 million annually) and local governments must provide $1.85 billion ($230 million annually). State capital budgets between 2007 and 2010 contain only about $100 million per year for school construction. For 2006 the amount has been increased to $251.8 million by reallocating unexpended funds from previous years, a one time enhancement via pay as you go funds and an issue of general obligation bonds. Competition for the $250 million is high; in 2006 local governments requested $466 million in construction aid.

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With Thornton looming, the impasse between slots and tax proponents ended the 2005 Maryland General Assembly session without a long term solution to Maryland's structural budget deficit. The failure to reach agreement left a potential cash shortfall of almost $570 million by 2007 and $1.4 billion by 2010. Thanks to another series of one time transfers and higher than expected income and property taxes the 2006 General Assembly will not have to reconcile the shortfall prior to the election year. Budget projections show that the state will spend a $204 million balance in the general fund and a $181 million Rainy Day Fund balance during the fiscal year. The transfers include a $90 million shift of transfer tax revenues from park and open space programs to the general fund. Legislation passed during the 2005 session, requires that the general fund reimburse program open space for transfer tax revenue diverted to general spending accounts beginning in 2012. HBAM's Legislative Committee has long held the position that transfer tax revenues should be used as they were intended, to purchase park and open space lands, and has opposed legislation diverting transfer tax revenues to the general fund. The 2005 session was marked by political posturing and actions that were clearly meant to prepare for election year campaign literature. After slots, perhaps the most noticeable example was the fight over the disposition of state owned lands. Revelations that a sale of state land to a prominent developer was in the works brought a flurry of legislation aimed at embarrassing Governor Robert Ehrlich. For the industry, the bills would have added cumbersome, some seemingly impossible requirements to the sale or easement of state lands. Responses to the land sale ranged from requirements that the General Assembly approve any disposition of state lands, to simple notification or a series of special conditions on land appraisals. The HBAM Legislative Committee supported versions of the bills that kept the Board of Public Works in control of the process including those that required additional notification and listing of conservation lands prior to sale. The committee opposed measures that would have required legislative action by the General Assembly to prevent small easement or minor transfers from becoming time consuming and extremely difficult to complete. During 2005, buildable land inventory, the top policy initiative of the association, is the subject of a memorandum of understanding between HBAM, the Maryland Association of Counties, the Maryland Municipal League and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. During the two year period covered by the MOU the Maryland Department of Planning, the counties and towns are conducting land inventory and analysis on a voluntary basis. At the end of the two year period the Governor's Development Capacity Task Force will reconvene to assess progress made during the MOU period. Thirty three jurisdictions are either underway or committed to completing an inventory of buildable land. A series of fall hearings on the subject of housing affordability led to legislation aimed at addressing the rising cost of housing. House Bill 880 - Comprehensive Plans ­ Workforce Housing Elements would have amended the required content of local comprehensive land use plans to include a workforce housing element. Current state law lists the subject matter or elements that must be covered by local comprehensive land use plans. Currently a housing element is mentioned only as an optional plan element. Requiring that local housing plans contain a housing element has been adopted by several states in response to anti-housing sentiment in an effort to encourage local government to be fully responsive to housing needs particularly at lower price points. House Bill 880 would have required that local jurisdictions put plans in place to deliver housing affordable to those making between 80% and 120% of the median income for the jurisdiction. In developing the plans local jurisdictions were encouraged to consider a list of techniques. The bill exempted counties that achieved a score of 90 or above in the Department of Housing and Community Development's first time buyers affordability index. HBAM sought improvements to the bill that would have broadened the techniques suggested by the bill and discourage reliance on price controls. The bill encouraged local jurisdictions to focus on inclusionary zoning but mentioned no other zoning techniques. The index to determine eligibility for exemption from bill's requirements exempted Howard County and Anne Arundel Counties; two counties that bill proponents sited as examples of where housing elements were needed. HB 880 failed in the House Environmental Matters Committee. Other local land use issues caught the attention state lawmakers in 2005. House Bill 1294 Resource Conservation Planning Act would have required county governments to complete a land conservation plan that included applying zoning of one unit per 50 acres to portions of the jurisdiction. The bill would have required that 20% of future school construction budgets be allocated for repair or replacement of energy-inefficient building components in school buildings. In addition the bill would have removed the statutory requirement that state transfer tax reve-

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nues be earmarked for specials funds. $200 million per year, which represents the state share of the transfer tax, would have been diverted to the general fund instead of funding park land and open space purchases. House Bill 1294 failed in the House Environmental Matters Committee. HB 470 - Community Association, Standing to Appeal Permits would have expanded the definition of who is eligible to challenge local zoning and building permit decisions. The bill would have given standing to local community associations to represent themselves or a member of the association in administrative or judicial appeals of a building permit or zoning decision. HBAM opposed this bill because there currently are no barriers which prevent an aggrieved party to a decision from appealing zoning and permit decisions. In fact, even uninterested individuals and community associations are free to assist appeals taken by aggrieved parties. By expanding standing to appeal beyond those that are aggrieved, the bill would allow organizations to appeal that have never been considered justified to take an appeal; the bill would override existing local laws including some charter provisions. Provisions allowing organizations to define their geographic boundaries and appeal permit decisions within five miles of, "the association" invited misuse of the appeals process by those that live far outside the area truly affected by the permit or zoning decision. The result of the bill would be to increase the number of cases heard by the board of appeals and circuit court; and, the additional appeals would accelerate sprawl by raising additional barriers to construction within designated growth areas. HB 470 failed in the House Environmental Matters Committee. Senate Bill 706 Smart Growth ­ Priority Funding Areas ­ Development Criteria and Permit Allocation sought to amend the required content of local comprehensive land use plans to include a permit cap implemented through a permit allocation chart which would set the maximum numbers of permits to be issued each year in the jurisdiction. The bill also would have required that comprehensive plans contain a description of public facilities in the county, remaining capacity and a timetable for expansion of facilities. HBAM opposed the bill because permit caps exacerbate the affordability crisis by limiting the supply of houses in the major metropoli-

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tan counties. Permit allocation systems are extremely difficult to administer and result in the export of unmet demand for housing to outlying counties and towns. Permit caps in the Priority Funding Areas would undermine the effectiveness of Smart Growth as a growth management tool and make inefficient use of infrastructure investments in these areas. The industry continues to pursue a two part strategy to address the difficulty in obtaining general liability insurance. House Bill 1295/Senate Bill 721 - Real Property - Residential Dwellings - Notice and Opportunity to Repair Construction Defects would have required that new home buyers notify builders of alleged defects and provided for a 90 day opportunity for the builder to inspect and repair defects prior to litigation. This bill was based on model legislation that has been adopted in 27 states aimed at reducing the number of construction defect lawsuits. Accompanying this legislative remedy is HBAM's cultivation of agreements with insurance providers to provide favorable general liability insurance to builders who participate in an internal quality control program. HBAM volunteers and staff who work on state legislative issues reviewed and took positions on 170 bills during the 2005 General Assembly session. Some of the most important bills affecting land use and construction are summarized below. Click on the bill number to links to background information and to copies of the bills. Members of HBAM are encouraged to join the work of the state legislative committee. BILL SUMMARIES Taxes and Fees HB 1 Public School Construction Assistance Act of 2005 ­ Passed House - Failed in Senate Budget and Taxation Committee ­ HBAM Position ­ Strongly Oppose ­ HB 1 would have applied the transfer tax to purchases of a corporation or other business entity if the real estate held by the corporation comprised a substantial portion of its assets. A portion of the additional taxes collected were to have been deposited into a special education fund that would have distributed money to local jurisdictions for school construction under a formula that was weighted to favor, "distressed counties." Even though the number of

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HBAM Policy Partners

HBAM Policy Partners | 2004-2005

Bob Ward Homes Dale Thompson Bldrs, Inc. Engle Homes Gemcraft Homes Goodier Builders Grayson Homes Iron Horse Properties LLC Mueller Homes, Inc. Rachuba Home Builders Ryland Homes Scheiner, Mister & Grandizio, P.A. Shelter Systems Limited Williamsburg Group LLC Winchester Homes, Inc.

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or three years, HBAM has been underwriting benchmark studies that have been essential in helping us build our case that: . the buildable inventory, across the region, is precariously low (2003 University of Maryland study by Dr. Gerrit Knaap); that . counties and municipalities must be accountable for maintaining a responsible development capacity (2001 RESI/ Towson University Study of Baltimore County); and that . at specific price points, new residential construction is a net contributor to a county's tax base. (2004 Optimal Solutions Group, Anirban Basu and RESI/ Towson University.)

As we continue to press our case, these studies have been essential in establishing, on an objective, rational basis that our concerns are legitimate and that our positions are fact based. Policy Partners are those members who have been willing to write significant checks to fund this essential work. Please see the list of our 2003-04 Policy Partners and recognize and thank them for their leadership. We, and indeed all in the industry, owe a debt of gratitude to these member companies. If your company is not on the list, take this opportunity to join them by becoming a Policy Partner. Call HBAM at 410-265-7400, ext.122.

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past transactions was difficult to deed in 27 states aimed at reducing George's County builder for allegtermine and future transactions were edly failing to adequately inform the number of construction denearly impossible to estimate the bill buyers of the existence of forest fect lawsuits. Accompanying this required that counties deposit a preconservation easements on their legislative remedy is HBAM's determined amount into the special property at settlement. The buyers cultivation of agreements with fund regardless of the additional tax subsequently cut down protected insurance providers to provide farevenue captured by the bill. trees leading to the enforcement vorable general liability insurance HB 640 Circuit Court ­ Real Property action against the builder. to builders who participate in an Records Improvement Fund - HB 752/SB 671 Home Builder Guaranty internal quality control program. Failed in Senate Judicial ProceedFund ­ HBAM Position HB 1576 Home Builder Registration ings Committee ­ HBAM Posi­ Strongly Oppose ­Failed in ­ Denial, Suspension, and Retion ­ Support ­ This bill would House and Senate Committees vocation ­ Grounds ­ Passed extend the termination date of the ­ Would have raised the builder - HBAM Position ­ Oppose Real Property Records Improveregistration fee from $300 to ­ Introduced after an Anne ment Fund until June 2009. The $600 for large builders and from Arundel County builder, workfund receives money from a $20.00 $150 to $300 for small builders ing on his personal residence, fee paid when property records and and impose a $50 fee on each allegedly commenced construcfinancial instruments are recorded. building permit issued in the tion without proper permits and The fees are used to repair and state. The proceeds from the adapprovals. Enforcement of the modernize equiptment and land reditional fees would have been decase is now the subject of litigacords related services provided by posited into a guaranty fund and tion. The bill expands the scope the clerk of the circuit court for each paid to consumers as compensaof violations that could result in county. The fund currently supports tion for losses suffered due to the the suspension or revocation of two projects: PLATO, which makes acts or omissions of registered a builder registration. The initial plats available online, and ELROI builders. HBAM opposed this version of this bill removed the which makes land records available bill because the low number of "repeatedly" standard making it on-line. In 2004 the fund received construction complaints made to possible for one violation to re$33.2 million in fee revenues. the consumer protection division sult in revocation of a registraHB 665 Recordation Tax - Indemnity does not warrant establishing a tion. The bill was subsequently Mortgages - Failed in House Comfund existing administrative and amended to keep the repeatedly mittee ­ HBAM Position ­ Strongjudicial methods of protecting standard in the law but expanded ly Oppose ­ Would have applied the consumers and awarding damthe scope of the law beyond contransfer tax to indemnity mortgages. ages have proven effective, all sumer protection issues, state and HBAM strongly opposed this bill homebuyers and builders would federal laws to include violations because of its punishing effect on be required to pay additional fees of local zoning or development the ability of small business to acto fund restitution payments that regulations as conditions that cess capital and because applying rightly should be paid by those could result in revocation. the transfer tax to indemnity mortwho violate the law, and the bill gages would be contrary to the origiwould have overridden arbitraGrowth Management nal goals and purposes of taxing real tion clauses in sales contracts. estate transfers. HB 1295/SB 721 - Real Property - Resi HB 78 Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation ­ Local Land dential Dwellings - Notice and Use ­ Passed ­ HBAM Position Professional Licenses and Business Opportunity to Repair Construc­Oppose - Local governments Management tion Defects Failed in House do not currently have the authorHB 139 Residential Real Property ­ Committee ­ HBAM Position ity to deny approval of a record House Location Plat - Failed in ­ Support ­ Would have required plat, conditional use or special House Committee ­ HBAM that new home buyers notify exception, for a property that Position ­ Strongly Oppose builders of alleged defects and is the subject of an agricultural ­ Would have required that a provided for a 90 day opportupreservation easement or district seller of new home provide the nity for the builder to inspect and agreement based on whether the buyer with a house location plat. repair defects prior to litigation. application for use violates the The plat would have had to conOne of a two part effort to address easement or district agreement. tain all easements on the property. difficulties in obtaining general This bill would have granted local This bill was the result of enforceliability insurance, this bill was ment action taken against a Prince jurisdictions the power to rescind based on model legislation enact-

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fund instead of funding park land or deny approval of land uses that court and, the additional appeals and open space purchases. would violate a district agreement would accelerate sprawl by raising or easement. HBAM opposed the additional barriers to construction HB 1530 Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Fund ­ Priority Presbill because it applied to property within designated growth areas. ervation Areas ­ New Funding in district agreements which may or HB 880 Comprehensive Plans ­ Workmay not enter into the preservation force Housing Elements - Failed ­ Failed in House Committee program. Any land use changes inin House Committee ­ HBAM - HBAM Position ­ Opposed consistent with the requirements Position ­ Support with Amend­ Would have added an additional for easement that might disqualify ments ­ This bill would have element to comprehensive land use the property from entering the proamended the required content plans which identified lands as prigram should be addressed by the of local comprehensive land use ority agricultural preservation arland owner and the MALPF board plans to include a workforce houseas. The bill would have increased as part of the screening process. ing element. The bill would have funding to agricultural preservation The bill also would bring a wide required that local jurisdictions put purchase programs by imposing a number of minor permits into to plans in place to deliver housing aftransfer tax on transfers of controlstate oversight or review. fordable to those making between ling interest in business entities and HB 470 Community Association, Stand80% and 120% of the median inincreased property taxes in non aging to Appeal Permits ­­ Failed in come for the jurisdiction. In develricultural real property. House Committee - HBAM Posioping the plans local jurisdictions SB 706 Smart Growth ­ Priority Funding tion ­ Strongly Oppose - Would were encouraged to consider a list Areas ­ Development Criteria and have expanded the definition of who of techniques. HBAM sought imPermit Allocation ­ Failed in Senis eligible to challenge local zoning provements to the bill that would ate Committee ­ HBAM Posiand building permit decisions. The have broadened the techniques tion ­ Strongly Oppose ­ This bill bill would have given standing to suggested by the bill which inwould have amended the required local community associations to cluded inclusionary zoning but no content of local comprehensive represent themselves or a member other zoning techniques. The bill land use plans to include a permit of the association in administrative exempted counties that achieved a cap implemented through a permit or judicial appeals of a building score of 90 or above in the Departallocation chart which included permit or zoning decision. HBAM ment of Housing and Community maximum numbers of permits to be opposed this bill because there curDevelopment's first time buyers issued each year in the jurisdiction. rently are no barriers which prevent affordability index a grouping The bill also would have required an aggrieved party to a decision which included Howard and Anne that comprehensive plans contain from appealing zoning and permit Arudle Counties. a description of public facilities decisions. In fact, even uninterest- HB 1294 Resource Conservation Plan in the county, remaining capacity ed individuals and community asning Act ­ Failed in House and a timetable for expansion of sociations are free to assist appeals Committee ­ HBAM Position facilities. HBAM opposed the bill taken by aggrieved parties. By ex­Strongly Oppose ­ County because permit caps exacerbate the panding standing to appeal beyond governments would have been affordability crisis by limiting the those that are aggrieved, the bill required by this bill to complete a supply of houses in the major metwould have allowed organizations land conservation plan that includropolitan counties and will export to appeal that have never been coned applying zoning of one unit per unmet demand for housing to outsidered justified to take an appeal. 50 acres to portions of the jurisdiclying counties and towns. Permit The bill would have overridden tion. The bill would have required caps in the Priority Funding Areas existing local laws including some that 20% of future school conwould undermine the effectiveness charter provisions, allowed organistruction budgets be allocated for of Smart Growth as a growth manzations to define their geographic repair or replacement of energyagement tool and make inefficient boundaries and appeal permit deinefficient building components in use of infrastructure investments in cisions within five miles of, "the school buildings. In addition the these areas. association" inviting misuse of the bill would have removed the statuappeals process by those that live tory requirement that state transfer far outside the area truly affected tax revenues be earmarked for Environment by the permit or zoning decision. specials funds. The $200 million HB 154 Wetlands and Waterways Program - Fees ­ Passed House, Failed in The result of the bill would be to per year which represents the state Senate ­ HBAM Position ­ Opincrease the number of cases heard share of the transfer tax would by the board of appeals and circuit pose ­ MDE currently does not have been diverted to the general

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have the authority to impose fees for wetlands and waterways permit applications. Staffing levels in the department dropped from 71 in 1991 to 42 in 2003 and average SB 688 turnaround times regularly exceed those written into COMAR. The proposed fee schedule would have generated $3.6 million from the industry and result in a more than a 100% increase in funding to the wetlands program over its FY 2005 budget levels. Funds generated by the fee were to have been spent on hiring 34 additional staff for the program. Although some movement was made toward identifying and correcting problems with the program, HBAM did not believe that these went far enough to ensure that the major causes of review delays would be rectified and was concerned about the amount of fee money ($1 million) that would be used to supplant reductions in general fund appropriations to the program. The bill also would have reverted any unspent money to the general fund at the end of each fiscal year. Stormwater Management ­ Inspections and Water Quality Standards - Failed in Senate Committee ­ HBAM Position ­ Strongly Oppose ­ This bill would have required that the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) adopt regulations that establish specific post-development water quality standards. At the conclusion of any land clearing, construction or soil disturbance MDE would be required to inspect the site and test stormwater runoff and down stream effects of the activity. The bill would have required the addition of 26 field inspectors and two supervisors at a cost of over $1.6 million per year. HBAM opposed the bill because some standards in the bill could not be met despite using best practices and the belief that enforcement of local permit and inspection programs is sufficient to maintain water quality. SB 996 Sewage Disposal Systems and Holding Tanks ­ Licensing - Failed in Senate Committee - HBAM Position - Oppose ­ This bill would have licensed persons involved in the design, installation, pumping, servicing, or inspection of septic systems. MDE would have been required to adopt performance standards and begin inspecting systems in January 2007. This licensing bill was proposed by the septic/onsite treatment industry in order to improve the professionalism of the industry in preparation for efforts to win wider use of advanced treatment systems. For more information, contact Tom Ballentine, the co-director of government affairs for HBAM. He can be reached at 410-265-7400, ext. 109 or [email protected]

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