Maryland General Assembly Roundup: Offshore Wind Wins, Minimum Wage Loses

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We’re nearing the close of another landmark session for the General Assembly, one that was particularly congenial to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s pet political causes. For all you legislative scorekeepers, the Washington Post compiled a list of some of the major legislative efforts that will become law, and some that didn’t make it.

The death penalty repeal awaits O’Malley’s signature, as does the possibly more controversial gas tax hike (the first in 20 years). Expect to pay four more cents per gallon come July. But rest easy knowing that the murderous impulses it inspires could never land you on death row.

The other major bill ready to become law is the Maryland’s offshore wind project, which may or may not put Maryland at the forefront of a green energy revolution.

After some final votes, Baltimore schools will get their $1 billion to overhaul school buildings and build new ones, driving while using your cellphone will become a primary offense, and a health care bill that will increase choice of private health care plans and expand eligibility for Medicaid.

Gun control, medical marijuana, and a bill that would change how the state and private groups would work together to address infrastructure problems have passed one chamber.

And now the losers. Minimum wage won’t be jumping to $10 an hour anytime soon. Landlords can continue to decline renting to people on government assistance. And a prior law limiting the growth of septic systems in the state will stand.

 

 

 



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