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ESLC goes to Annapolis

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is at the forefront of Maryland state policy decisions. Last week alone, ESLC testified in front of the Maryland Senate Budget and Tax Committee, and served as a host for the “Taste of the Eastern Shore” legislative reception, interacting with hundreds of leaders from across the state. Join the ESLC policy advocates weekly email group and stay informed with our weekly policy update.

This past Wednesday, ESLC testified in support of SB 294- Family Farm Preservation Act; a bill designed to help soften the financial burden for family farms and ensure the next generation inherits agricultural property without excessive costs. This bill would limit the estate (inheritance) tax on agricultural land and support Maryland family farms during a very vulnerable time.

This week ESLC will testify in support of SB 236 – Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012, which could effectively combat one of the most damaging forces facing the Eastern Shore’s landscape and economy: rural sprawl. This bill establishes four tiers of development areas that increasingly limit the type of development that can occur with a goal of reducing the number of acres of land converted to development and the number of polluting septic systems.

ESLC wants you to join the process.   Be an advocate for change and join ESLC in speaking up for a vibrant Eastern Shore. For more information, please contact ESLC Policy Manager Josh Hastings at 410-827-9756 Ext.169 or jhastings@eslc.org.

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