ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A glance at measures passed so far by the Maryland General Assembly.
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Baltimore will be able to issue about $1 billion in bonds to build new schools and renovate others.
Harassing minors over the Internet will be prohibited under state law.
Maryland's death penalty is repealed.
A Maryland law allowing police to take DNA samples from people arrested for certain violent crimes has been extended indefinitely.
Early voting would be expanded in Maryland to include additional early-voting centers and same-day voter registration.
Tax credited for film production more than triples from $7.5 million to $25 million in next fiscal year. Returns to $7.5 million for fiscal years 2015 and 2016.
Natural gas companies in Maryland would be able to seek a surcharge of up to $2 on monthly gas bills to help recover costs for replacing aging infrastructure.
Maryland's first gas tax increase in 20 years will phase in a sales tax beginning with 1 percent in June, adding about 4 cents to a gallon of gas in July and as much as 20 cents in 2016.
Handgun purchasers will need to submit fingerprints to get a license. People involuntarily committed to a mental health facility will be prohibited from owning a gun. There will be a limit on magazines to 10 bullets, and 45 assault weapons will be banned.
An existing 2 percent tax on state-regulated insurance plans will pay for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange as part of implementing the federal health care law. Medicaid eligibility will be expanded from 124 percent of the federal poverty line to 133 percent.
Immigrants living in the U.S. illegally will be able to continue obtaining Maryland driver's licenses.
Medical marijuana programs would be allowed at academic medical research centers that decide to participate in a program overseen by a commission in the state health department.
A framework for public-private partnerships has been approved to encourage more private-sector investment in Maryland infrastructure.
Marylanders would pay about $1.50 a month more on their electric bills to help pay for offshore wind. They would not start paying until an offshore wind project begins generating electricity, which could be years away.
Counties and municipalities that own or operate swimming pools will be required to develop and implement an automated external defibrillator program.