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MD Senate Bill 382: New licensing board to monitor Marine Contractors

In an attempt to "weed out" contractors who lack the expertise or knowledge required to adequately perform construction services in State and private tidal wetlands, Senate Bill 382 establishes a Marine Contractors Licensing Board which will be under the jurisdiction of the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). 

All contractors wishing to work in, on, under or over wetlands must now have a Marine Contractors license issued by the MDE Board-- not the Maryland Home Improvement Commission.

The licensing requirement, which will take effect on October 1, 2010, will protect the public by creating an avenue by which you can more easily identify "wetlands competent" contractors. The program will require applicants pass specific education requirements, testing and background checks.

For more info: Contact Lisa Nissley at 410-260-6301 (Annapolis) or 410-537-3812 (Baltimore)

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