Departmental Proposed and Emergency Regulations

The following outlines current “Notices of Proposed Action” for proposed regulations pending public comment and proposed emergency regulations pending approval that have been requested by the Maryland Secretary of Agriculture and published in the Maryland Register. Click on any of the headlines listed below to read the proposed regulations in their entirety. The contact information and deadline for submitting comments is also included below.

Notice of Proposed Action

The following notice was published in the April 15, 2016 Maryland Register (p. 509)

Requirements for Sheep and Goats for the Eradication of Scrapie, 15.11.18 

The purpose of this action is to update existing health regulations governing sheep and goats to address Scrapie so that they meet new federal standards. Scrapie is a contagious, degenerate disease of sheep and goats. The proposed action​ will enable Maryland to retain its status as a “scrapie consistent state” and reap all the benefits that this status entails, such as ensuring the most favorable treatment possible for Maryland sheep and goat producers in any market. If this action is adopted, sheep and goat producers will be able to continue to ship their livestock without further testing as required by federal regulations.​ There is a corresponding federal standard to this proposed action, but the proposed action is not more restrictive or stringent.  Updated Maryland regulations will have a positive economic impact on the Maryland sheep and goat livestock industry because the State will keep its status as a “scrapie consistent state,” enabling producers to continue enjoying the free movement of their livestock in any market. In addition, the proposed scrapie regulations will further Maryland’s effort to completely eradicate scrapie in this State, which also adds economic value to this industry. The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses. The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities. Comments may be sent to Dr. Michael Radebaugh, State Veterinarian, Animal Health Program, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, or call 410-841-5810, or email to michael.radebaugh, or fax to 410-841-5999. Comments will be accepted through May 16, 2016. A public hearing has not been scheduled.

The following notices were published in the​ April 1, 2016 Maryland Register

Proposal to Adopt Procedural Regulations, 15.01.01 (Page 464) 

The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to amend Regulation .03 under COMAR 15.01.01 Procedural Regulations. The purpose of this action is to establish an administrative review process by the Secretary of Agriculture, available to an aggrieved person in a contested case. There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action. The proposed ​action has no economic impact. The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses. The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities. Comments may be sent to Andrew M. Griffin, Legislative Aide, Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, or call 410 841 5887, or email to andrewm.griffin@maryland.gov, or fax to 410 841 5914. Comments will be accepted through May 1, 2016. A public hearing has not been scheduled

Proposal to Repeal Existing Regulations, Board of Review Procedures, 15.02.01 (Page 465)

The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to repeal existing Regulations .01—.09 under COMAR 15.02.01 Board of Review Procedure.  The purpose of this action is to repeal regulations of the Board of Review of the Department of Agriculture made obsolete by Chapter 171, Laws of Maryland 2013, repealing the Board of Review. There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.  The proposed action​ has no economic impact.  The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses. The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities. Comments may be sent to Andrew M. Griffin, Legislative Aide, Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, or call 410 841 5887, or email to andrewm.griffin@maryland.gov, or fax to 410 841 5914. Comments will be accepted through May 1, 2016. A public hearing has not been scheduled.

The following notice was published in the December 28, 2015 Maryland Register (page 1639).

Proposal to Adopt Agricultural Nutrient and Sediment Credit Certification Program Regulations

The Secretary of Agriculture proposes to adopt new Regulations .01—.11 under a new chapter, COMAR 15.20.12 Agricultural Nutrient and Sediment Credit Certification Program. The purpose of this action is to promulgate regulations to implement the Agricultural Nutrient and Sediment Credit Certification Program, a voluntary, market-based water quality trading program which can provide a funding mechanism for natural resource conservation practices that reduce nutrient and sediment pollution in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Comments may be sent to Susan Payne, Program Coordinator, Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, or call 410-841-5897, or email to susan.payne@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-841-5914. A public hearing has not been scheduled. Comments will be accepted through January 27, 2016. 

Proposed Emergency Regulations

There are no proposed emergency regulations at this time
 

Notices of Final Action

Note: Notices of Final Action will stay on this page for six months. After that, all state regulations can be viewed at the Code of Maryla​nd Regulations (COMAR) site.

The following notice was published in the May 13, 2016 Maryland Register (p. 589)

On April 28, 2016, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted new Regulations .01 - .07 under COMAR 15.03.12 Biodiesel Motor Blend Fuel Registration for a Weighing and Measuring Device.  This action, which was proposed for adoption in 43:1 Md. R. 68-69 (January 8, 2016), has been adopted as proposed. Effective Date: May 23, 2016

The following notice was published in the April 1, 2016 Maryland Register (p.452)

On March 22, 2016 the Secretary of Agriculture adopted amendments to Regulations .02, the repeal of the existing Regulations .04, and new Regulations, .04, .06 and .07 under COMAR 15.06.04 Regulations of Invasive Plants. This action, which was proposed for adoption in the 43.4 Md. R284-286 (Feburary 5, 2016), has been adopted as proposed.  Effective Date: April 11, 2016

The following notice was published in the February 5, 2016 Maryland Register (page 273).

Proposal to Ammend Manure Transport Project Regulations

On January 14, 2016, the Secretary of Agriculture adopted Regulations .02—.04 and .06, new Regulation .07, and the recodification of existing Regulations .07—.09 to be Regulations 08—.10 under COMAR 15.20.05 Manure Transport Project. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 42:19 Md. R. 1241 - 1243 (September 18, 2015), has been adopted as proposed.
Effective Date: February 15, 2016.

The following notice was published in the December 28, 2015 Maryland Register (page 1596).

Proposal to Amend Board of Veterinary Medical Examiner Regulations

On December 2, 2015, the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners adopted amendments to Regulation .02 under COMAR 15.14.12 Fees. This action, which proposed for adoption in 42.21 Md. R. 1327 - 1328 (October 16, 2015), has been adoped as proposed.
Effective Date: July 1, 2016