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Delegate Willing To Accept Md. Septic Bill 'As Is'

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland Delegate Maggie McIntosh says she is willing to forgo changes to a bill that regulates where residential septic systems can be installed to ensure the legislation survives the General Assembly.

McIntosh, a Baltimore Democrat, said Wednesday that while she and other delegates want to make minimal amendments, she would encourage her colleagues to pass the bill as it stands if it appears the state Senate would reject their changes.

She chairs the House Environmental Matters Committee, which will consider the legislation, a priority of Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley that was passed by the Senate on Tuesday.

The bill creates a four-tiered system that limits where new residential subdivisions can be located, especially in the state's most rural areas.

McIntosh was scheduled to discuss the bill with administration officials Wednesday.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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