ANNAPOLISM, Md. - A proposed chicken tax is in the works in Maryland, but if you ask the ruler of the roost, that's not going to happen.
Before the Maryland Agriculture Council, Governor Martin O'Malley said "read my lips. If that chicken tax bill passes, I will veto it."
The proposed bill would put a five cent tax for each chicken any poultry company supplies to any Maryland farmer. The goal was to raise money for the state's cover crop program, which helps address chicken waste produced on the Eastern shore.
Critics argue this would hurt local agriculture, which is the state's largest industry.
Senator Richard Madaleno Jr., D-Montgomery, and Delegate Shane Robinson, D-Montgomery introduced the Poultry Fair Share Act this week. Robinson is expected to withdraw the bill.