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Bill To Repeal Mined Coal Tax Has Already Been Filed

January 11th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

Maryland Coal Association President Adrienne Ottaviani is becoming used to annual battles over the state’s mined coal tax credit- and she is prepared for another fight during the 2013 session of the General Assembly, which opened Wednesday. A bill to repeal the credit has already been filed, setting up a repeat of last year’s battle. The bill is House Bill 11, filed by Delegate Herb McMillan of Anne Arundel County. Last year’s battle ended with the bill, filed in the House, unable to move forward after committee hearings. The repeal effort has been supported by Governor Martin O’Malley’s administration during past attempts. Local legislators said during prelegislative meetings with local officials and the public that they expect the bill to be introduced again. They say the credit is an important incentive for the local industry. The effect of the law, currently set to expire in 2021, is to encourage purchase of Maryland coal by Maryland companies. Ottaviani told WCBC News that fortunately the Coal Association has successfully lobbied to maintain the credit, and has gotten support from lawmakers across the state…

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