HLT strongly supports MD Senate Bill 691

The Harford Land Trust Board of Directors strongly supports Senate Bill 691. We thank Senator J.B. Jennings and his co-sponsors Bob Cassilly and the late Senator Wayne Norman for offering this bill, and we urge the Finance Committee to give it a favorable report.

Passage of this legislation would ensure that lands that have been preserved at significant expense to Maryland taxpayers and nonprofits will only have those easements violated for transmission lines if there is no physical alternative route. Furthermore, the provision that compensation for any property or right taken by eminent domain should be valued based on current full commercial value is justified, as governments, landowners, and organizations like ours have preserved these lands in good faith and at great cost.691 letter final