Maryland Bill to Provide Second Chance for Vehicles that Fail OBD Emissions Test to be Considered on Feb., 14, 2014


Maryland Bill to Provide “Second Chance” for Vehicles that Fail OBD Emissions Test to be Considered on Feb., 14, 2014

Legislation (H.B. 677) has been introduced requiring a vehicle emissions inspection facility, at the request of the owner of a vehicle that has failed an on-board diagnostics test, to immediately conduct an exhaust emissions test of the vehicle at no cost to the owner.  If enacted, this bill would effectively give an owner two chances to pass an emissions test.  The bill will be considered by the House Environmental Matters Committee on February 14, 2014. 

We Urge You to Contact All Members of the House Environmental Matters Committee (Contact Info Below) Immediately To Request Their Support for H.B. 677

  • H.B. 677 provides that vehicles that pass the exhaust emissions test after a failed OBD test would be deemed in compliance with emissions standards established for the vehicle. 
  • H.B. 677 would take effect on October 1, 2014 if passed by the legislature and signed into law.
  • “On-Board Diagnostics Tests” are tests to determine, by connecting a scan tool into a vehicle’s OBD system, whether a vehicles’ emissions control components are functioning properly.
  • “Exhaust emissions test” means the sampling and measurement of certain components of motor vehicle exhaust to determine whether the motor vehicle is in compliance with an emissions standard.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the Maryland House Environmental Matters Committee immediately to request their support of H.B. 677.   

Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance. 

Maryland House Environmental Matters Committee

To e-mail all Committee members, copy and paste the email address block below:;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

Delegate Maggie McIntosh (Chair)
Phone: 410-841-3990
Delegate James E. Malone Jr. (Vice Chair)
Phone: 410-841-3378
Delegate Pamela Beidle
Phone: 410-841-3370
Delegate Elizabeth Bobo
Phone: 410-841-3205
Delegate Rudolph Cane
Phone: 410-841-3427
Delegate Alfred Carr Jr.
Phone: 301-858-3638
Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo
Phone: 301-858-3186
Delegate Barbara Frush
Phone: 410-841-3114
Delegate Jim Gilchrist
Phone: 301-858-3744
Delegate Anne Healey
Phone: 301-858-3961
Delegate Patrick Hogan
Phone: 301-858-3240
Delegate Marvin Holmes Jr.
Phone: 301-858-3310
Delegate Jay Jacobs
Phone: 410-841-3449
Delegate Stephen Lafferty
Phone: 410-841-3487
Delegate Herb McMillan
Phone: 410-841-3211
Delegate Doyle Niemann
Phone: 301-858-3326
Delegate H. Wayne Norman Jr.
Phone: 410-841-3284
Delegate Anthony O’Donnell
Phone: 410-841-3314
Delegate Charles Otto
Phone: 301-858-3433
Delegate Shane Robinson
Phone: 301-858-3021
Delegate Dana Stein
Phone: 410-841-3527
Delegate Cathy Vitale
Phone: 410-841-3510
Delegate Michael Weir Jr.
Phone: 410-841-3328
Delegate C.T. Wilson
Phone: 410-841-3325