Senate approves right-to-farm bill

March 25, 1994

Carroll County's right-to-farm legislation is one step closer to reality after House Bill 544 was approved in the state Senate.

If signed by the governor, the bill would allow local officials to hold hearings on a proposed county ordinance protecting farmers from nuisance suits when they follow generally accepted agricultural practices.

Carroll officials must get permission from the General Assembly to enact such a local ordinance because of the county's commissioner form of government. Neighboring jurisdictions that have passed right-to-farm legislation have charter governments, which allow local officials to adopt most of their own ordinances.

"The administration took no position on the bill," Page W. Boinest, a spokeswoman for Gov. William Donald Schaefer said.

There don't appear to be any serious problems with it, she added

After a review process checking the bill's constitutionality and any possible conflicts, Governor Schaefer will probably sign the bill if it is passed, she said.

The Carroll County Agricultural Commission and county Farm Bureau have already drafted an ordinance based on right-to-farm legislation from across the nation.

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