The budget bill has moved to conference committee, where Maryland senators and delegates will hammer out their differences. At this point, it is difficult to say whether the phosphorus regulation provision we were discussing in our last post will stay in the bill. As history has proved, anything can happen in the last days of the session (the General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn on April 7).
The measure in question seeks to delay the implementation of regulations regarding phosphorus management until the Department of Agriculture has completed its economic impact study and the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee has had a chance to review the study. According to the primary sponsor of the provision, the department may continue to craft regulations during this period. The department would just not be able to issue and to enforce new regulations. It's a delay, not a ban.