Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. is predicting victory for Gov. Martin O’Malley’s offshore wind proposal.
“Wind energy will pass the General Assembly this session,” Miller (D-Dist. 27) of Chesapeake Beach told radio host Marc Steiner on Wednesday morning.
A recent change to the rosters of two Senate committees is expected to ensure that the bill will make it to the floor of that chamber for debate.
Last week, Miller revealed that Sen. C. Anthony Muse (D-Dist. 26) of Fort Washington would move from the Finance Committee –– where he has been critical of O’Malley’s offshore wind proposals in the past –– to the Judicial Proceedings Committee. Muse’s seat on Finance, where the wind legislation died last year, will be filled by Sen. Victor R. Ramirez (D-Dist. 47) of Cheverly.
Miller acknowledged that offshore wind could increase residential electric bills by about $1.50 per month, but said that “everybody benefits from it because Mother Earth benefits from it.”
The General Assembly’s 2013 legislative session is convening Wednesday.
Other issues expected to be discussed during the session include transportation funding, gun control and repealing the death penalty.