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Sacoby Wilson aids Maryland Senate environmental bill

Bill would require diverse representation on the committee

The Maryland State Senate is considering a bill to refine the state's environmental justice commission, and Faculty Associate Sacoby Wilson assisted Senators in crafting the changes.

According to a story by Madison Hunt of the Capital News Service, Wilson testified, during a House hearing, that the bill should be taken a step further to address environmental disparities. His suggested amendments include the commission having at least four representatives from four parts of the state: Western Maryland, the Eastern Shore, Central and Southern Maryland. As well, the commission should reflect the current census and use the most recent data sets and tools to assess the cumulative impacts on these communities, he added.

Wilson said the commission should get the same resources as the state’s commission on climate change and work with health agencies to determine the health impacts on these communities. “We can look at the health impacts and really support communities with (environmental justice) issues and all members having safe environments moving forward,” Wilson said.

See the complete story in the Frederick News-Post


Maryland bill would refine environmental justice commission, Frederick News-Post, Sacoby Wilson, March 7, 2021