202 LAWS OF MARYLAND [CH.192
by a yea and nay vote supported by three-fifths of the members elected to each of the two houses of the General Assembly, the same shall take effect from the date of its passage.
Approved March 30, 1965.
“AN ACT to add new Section 110A to Article 66C of the AnnotatedCode of Maryland (1957 Edition), title “Natural Resources”, sub-title “Agriculture”, to follow immediately after Section 110 there of and to be under the new sub-heading “Cloud Seeding”, to prohibit persons in the State from engaging in weather modification by means of cloud seeding or otherwise, to prohibit the use of ground generators for weather modification, both for a limited period of
time and to provide for the automatic expiration of this Act.”
Whereas, for a number of recent years farmers in parts of the
State have suffered through drouth conditions, which have been most severe during the last three growing seasons; and
Whereas, drouth conditions have caused serious and irreparable financial losses to the farming community of the State; and
Whereas, it is the considered opinion of many persons that man-created modification of the weather is a contributing factor to recentdrouth conditions; and
Whereas, the orchardist supports weather modification by means of cloud seeding (the dropping of silver iodide particles into a cloud) and the use of ground generators in order to prevent the fall of hail, while the farmer opposes change in natural weather conditions by the above means, and the conflict between the two interests cannot be reconciled; and
Whereas, there is a public need for dispassionate review of cloud seeding problems so that there will be no repetition of the unfortunate incidents of violence which have occurred recently; and
Whereas, since responsible people have taken opposite views on this question, some action must be taken to prove or disprove one or the other of the opposing sides of cloud seeding; and
Whereas, a number of studies of weather control are being under-taken by the United States Congress, by other public groups and by private groups, and it is desirable to prevent further conflict until solutions can be found; now therefore,
Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Maryland,
That new Section 110A be and it is hereby added to Article 66C of the Annotated Code of Maryland (1957 Edition), title “Natural Resources”, sub-title “Agriculture”, to follow immediately after Section 110 thereof, to be under the new sub-heading “Cloud Seeding”
HARRY HUGHES, Governor
(MM) THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF FREDERICK, GARRETT, AND
WASHINGTON COUNTIES MAY ADOPT ORDINANCES OR RESOLUTIONS PROVIDING
FOR THE LICENSURE OF PERSONS ENGAGING IN WEATHER MODIFICATION AND
REQUIRING THE REPORTING OF ANY ACTIVITY PERFORMED WITH THE
INTENTION OF PRODUCING ARTIFICIAL CHANGES IN THE COMPOSITION,
BEHAVIOR, OR DYNAMICS OF THE ATMOSPHERE
(nn) The County Commissioners of Frederick, Garrett, and Washington counties may adopt ordinances or resolutions providing for the licensure of persons engaging in weather modification and requiring the reporting of any activity performed with the intention of producing artificial changes in the composition, behavior, or dynamics of the atmosphere as defined in the National Weather Modification Policy Act of 1976, 15 U.S.C. § 330 et seq.
Link To S. 3383 (94th): National Weather Modification Policy Act 1976