ANNAPOLIS - Considered a dead issue in the Maryland General Assembly less than a week ago, legislation for milk price supports for Maryland dairy farmers has been given new life in the General Assembly.
A vote on the legislation that would allow Maryland to join a compact of dairy-producing states could come today in the House of Delegates.
"We're feeling really good about it," said Del. J. Anita Stup, R-Frederick/Washington.
The bill likely would face an uphill climb in the Senate, where the Economic and Environmental Matters Committee voted 8-3 early this month to reject another version of the legislation, labeled "a milk tax" in a fierce lobbying campaign waged by grocery retailers and other opponents.
Sen. Clarence W. Blount, D-Baltimore, chairman of the committee, said that while the bill would be heard by his panel, he doesn't see any reason why the outcome would be different this time.