• New Maryland Law Changes Key Judicial Review Provisions
  • July 1, 2009 | Authors: Kristy A. Niehaus Bulleit; Brent A. Fewell
  • Law Firms: Hunton & Williams LLP - Washington Office; Hunton & Williams LLP - Richmond Office; Hunton & Williams LLP - Washington Office
  • Maryland Governor MartinĀ O'Malley signed HB 1549 into law on May 19, 2009, changing Maryland law regarding judicial review of permitting decisions in two important ways. First, administrative challenges to many permit decisions will no longer be allowed and review will only be available in Court - in the state Circuit Court where the proposed activity will occur. Second, the new law broadens the provisions for parties seeking standing to challenge permits, thereby allowing more parties and stakeholders the opportunity to file lawsuits challenging state permitting decisions in Court.