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Protecting the Environment

Montgomery County has a long and valuable legacy of protecting our environment dating back to the creation of the Agricultural Reserve in 1980. I have voted for numerous bills to continue that legacy, including a new Water Quality Protection Charge to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, a five-cent bag fee to encourage the use of reusable bags, a bill to enhance our tree canopy and a bill to protect the county’s street trees. I am currently working with the Leggett administration on an initiative to plant more trees all across the county.

I also voted against two bills that were bad for the environment. One would have partially gutted the bag fee. Another would have allowed developers to evade caps on impervious surface levels. I will continue to oppose any policies that harm our environmental resources.