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Commissioners Receive Presentation By Law Firm On Enviromental Policy And Regulation Issues

October 29th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

The Allegany County Commissioners last week received a detailed presentation by the Funk and Bolton law firm on environmental policy and regulation issues, including an offer of representation. The firm already represents Dorchester County and has offered its services to members of the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition, including possible legal challenges to the state’s Chesapeake Bay clean-up program. Funk and Bolton made a presentation at the rural coalition’s Oct. 8 organizational meeting in Annapolis, according to the organization’s minutes. Funk and Bolton estimated the costs of their representation for the coalition at about $300,000, or $30,000 per county, if 10 counties would participate. While legal challenges are always an option, Charles “Chip” MacLeod said the real objective is to change public policy by presenting the case that the financial mandates placed on local governments under the guise of cleaning up the Bay are unreasonable and arbitrary. He said that although the effort is just in the preliminary stages, the message is already being heard in Annapolis…

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