By Meg Tully
— A Frederick County senator has delayed action on a proposed ban on septic systems, but the bill is likely to move forward next week.
Sen. David Brinkley, a Republican who represents Frederick and Carroll counties, asked the Senate Rules Committee to hold off on moving the bill forward. He did so at the request of the Frederick County Builders Association, which opposes the bill.
It will come up again on Tuesday, and Brinkley predicts it will ultimately move out of the Rules Committee and come up for a hearing.
The bill, which is supported by Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, would change the way development is shaped in the state. In an attempt to encourage development near public sewer lines, it would ban the use of septic systems in developments of five or more units.
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