ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
A ban on fracking is one step closer to passing in the Maryland State Legislature.
The bill that would ban hydraulic natural gas drilling was passed to its third reader with a 35-12 vote in the Senate. All it needs now is a final vote since the House has already passed the bill.
The fracking debate has caused numerous protests and heated discussions among lawmakers.
Governor Larry Hogan recently said he agrees with a ban on fracking, citing health and environmental concerns.
Western Maryland officials said they support the jobs it will bring to Allegany and Garrett Counties, where the drilling would occur.
The fracking debate is still going strong in the Maryland General Assembly as lawmakers debate on a bill to ban it.
Today, the House rejected amendments to change the bill to ban fracking, and, now, it is officially on its third reader.
With only the final vote left, WHAG's Brittany Marshall was in Annapolis today and has details.