Over in the House - Delegate C William Frick is also trying to ambush the Governor as he was the House sponsor of the bill.
Governor Hogan is absolutely right - the Bill is a sunshine tax. But what is even worse - is that the 2015 Maryland Legislature has already passed HB 1087 - Community Solar Program. The electricity rate increases - as a result of passage of the Community Solar Program - are just now starting to kick-in.
Rate Increase No. 1 :
Look at bottom of Page 6 in SB-921 - in the Fiscal Note - it says;
State Fiscal Effect:
'The incremental cost associated with the bill is absorbed by all electric customers in the State.'
Again, look in the middle of Page 10 in the Fiscal Note - it says;
'Small Business Effect: Small businesses incur higher electricity prices under the bill beginning in fiscal 2017.'
Rate Increase No. 2:
The prior year (2015) Governor Hogan signed into law the Community Solar Program - and this is going to effect every Marylander's electric bill as the surplus electricity costs are bore by the customers - and not the utility.
These electric rate increases are just starting to kick-in even though they were passed by the 2015 General Assembly and Governor Hogan.
Bottom line - if they override Governor Hogan's Veto - Marylanders are faced with a two tiered electric rate increases - the sunshine tax caused by 2016 SB-921/HB-1106 - and - the 2015 - Community Solar Program HB-1087/SB-481.
Senator Feldman and Delegate Frick tried unsuccessfully the year before during the 2015 General Assembly - with the same shenanigin's - SB 373/HB377.
Presently - the Public is unaware and are about to blind-sided!!!