Legislation - Bills to Watch

Maryland General Assembly Legislative Actions


MFA’s Policy Committee strives to represent all of MFA’s diverse interests.


The Committee:


  • Formulates the annual Legislative Handbook;

  • Meets weekly throughout the legislative session to take positions on billsp;

  • Drafts position papers;

  • Sends action alerts;

  • Prepares testimony;

  • Views FINAL STATUS Report of bills on MFA's Bills to Watch list; and,

  • Views copy of testimony submitted on MFA's Archive page.


The policy committee generally takes the following positions:


  • Support = Written or oral testimony in support

  • Monitor Favorable = Potential positive impact.  Watch amends to see if need for action occurs 

  • FYI = No formal position, may be of interest to some MFA members

  • Monitor Unfavorable = Potential negative impact.  Watch amends to see if need for action

  • Oppose = Written or oral testimony in opposition


Comments regarding any MFA position may be directed to MFA's Policy Committee in care of MFA Director Vanessa Finney via e-mail at director@mdforests.org.


MFA does not monitor federal bills. Every day decisions are made that impact jobs and economic growth in forest products communities across the nation.  MFA HAS partnered with the American Forests and Paper Association (AF&PA) to allow you to learn about federal issues impacting.


Become an MFA member and receive our action alerts (via email) that will give you the latest information on issues of concern and who to contact to express your opinions.

Latest Legislative Handbook:


View/Download the 2017 Legislative Handbook 


2017 Legislative Efforts


MFA legislative bulletins are distributed to MFA members as necessary during the 90 day Maryland General Assembly to communicate and seek feedback on legislative issues potentially affecting Maryland's forestry industry. Below, please find links to the most current bulletins that outline.  


Note: There will be a few legislative updates that are within our normal e-newsletter. To view archived issues of the newsletter, please visit the MFA Newsletter page. 


As legislative updates become available, the MFA will post them on this webpage. 


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P.O. BOX 332, Linkwood, MD 21835

(410) 463 - 1755  •  info@mdforests.org

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