- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 2, 2012

ANNAPOLIS | Gov. Martin O’Malley signed bills into law on Wednesday, including legislation that will limit use of septic systems and double the state’s so-called “flush tax.”

Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat, joined Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and House Speaker Michael E. Busch at the bill signing where they signed nearly 300 bills passed during this year’s General Assembly session.

The septic and flush tax bills were among several notable pieces of environmental legislation.

The septic bill requires counties to set guidelines limiting installation of septic systems in larger residential developments, while the flush tax bill will double the state’s Bay Restoration Fund fee to pay for upgrades to sewage treatment plants.

Homeowners currently pay $30 a year but will now pay $60.

The governor also signed a bill allowing the state to set up a health benefits exchange where residents and small businesses can buy benefits from private insurers in accordance with the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.