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Maryland septics measure would limit farmer land sales

ANNAPOLIS — A proposal Gov. Martin O’Malley is pushing to require septic systems for new developments would severely limit how state farmers sell their land.

The bill would give farmers one chance to split their land into plots.

Farmers interviewed Tuesday said the limit will crush their ability to make money off the land. But environmental advocates say it is meant to keep developers from skirting their septics proposal.

O’Malley, a Democrat, has made cleaning pollution from septic systems in rural Maryland one of his top priorities this session. He outlined the proposal in his State of the State speech earlier this month and threw his support behind matching House and Senate bills on Monday.

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Online:

Read Senate Bill 846: http://mlis.state.md.us/2011rs/billfile/sb0846.htm

Read House Bill 1107: http://mlis.state.md.us/2011rs/billfile/hb1107.htm