Climate change bills failed in shortened Maryland session

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — While Maryland lawmakers pushed through major education policy in a session shortened by the coronavirus, some high-profile measures aimed at addressing climate change were among the bills that failed to pass.

Environmentalists are hoping the legislation will be revisited when lawmakers reconvene for a special session as soon as late May.

One of measures is an ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2030. It would increase the state’s current goal of cutting emissions by 40%, based on 2006 levels.

The Climate Solutions Act of 2020 also would set the state on a path toward achieving net-zero statewide emissions by 2045.

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