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The Battle Continues For Poultry Industry In Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The battle continues for Maryland's poultry industry.

On Tuesday night a hearing was held in Annapolis for Senate Bill 725, which would enforce a 5 cent tax on all chickens delivered to growers in Maryland.

The house version was withdrawn earlier this month after Governor O'Malley said he would veto the bill.

Mayor Carl Anderton, of Delmar, says he made the trip to testify against the measure, along with a handful of others. He says some supporters of the bill also testified, and their main argument had to do with Chesapeake Bay pollution.

"Pennsylvania and New York have all these factories and waste water treatment plants all along the Susquehanna and nobody mentions it," says Mayor Anderton. "They just start past the Bay Bridge and look south and say 'oh it's your fault.' They need to look at the origination of the problem, and it's not by us."

Mayor Anderton says the tax could make the poultry industry leave, which would leave Maryland with nothing. While he is confident the senate bill will not pass, he feels similar legislation will continue to pop up every year in the general assembly.

"The fight is far from over," says Mayor Anderton.

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