New Laws Taking Effect in Maryland on July 1, 2016

June 28, 2016

Maryland FlagMany new laws are scheduled to take effect on Friday, July 1 in Maryland.

Minimum wage
Maryland’s minimum wage will rise from $8.25 to $8.75. It’s the latest bump scheduled to take effect since lawmakers in 2014 approved increases over several years from $7.25. It is scheduled to go up to $9.25 next year and reach $10.10 in July 2018.

Gas tax
The Maryland gas tax will rise nine-tenths of a cent to 33.5 cents. Lawmakers approved several increases in 2013, with regular hikes to adjust for inflation. The state’s gas tax has gone up a dime since 2013, when lawmakers approved the first increase in 20 years from 23.5 cents.

Retirement plans
A state-sponsored retirement savings plan goes into effect. IRAs will be created for private-sector employees without access to a workplace savings program with their employer. Employees would need to make the contributions and can opt out of the program. The law applies to employers using an automated payroll system who don’t already offer a retirement program

Transportation
Maryland will have a new scoring system to prioritize transportation projects. It’s the result of a battle between the Republican governor and the Democrat-controlled Legislature over transportation funding. While the governor won’t be prevented from funding a project with a lower score than another, an explanation would be required for the decision. The governor vetoed the bill, but the Legislature overrode the veto in April, shortly before adjourning.

Powdered alcohol
A ban on powdered alcohol in the state will be extended two years until June 30, 2018.

Land preservation
Funding to the state’s land preservation program known as Program Open Space will be restored. The law, already signed by the governor, will return $60 million over the next two years.

Veterans home
A new fund is created to maintain the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in St. Mary’s County.

Languages-diploma seal
A new seal will be available for high school diplomas of students who have attained proficiency in two or more languages.

Teacher retention
A Teacher Induction, Retention and Advancement Pilot Program will be established for specified first-year teachers. Also, the maximum state matching stipend for teachers who hold National Board Certification increases from $2,000 to $4,000.

List of all Legislation Passed by Both Maryland General Assembly Chambers

29 Responses to New Laws Taking Effect in Maryland on July 1, 2016

  1. I prefer cuff links rather than handcuffs on June 28, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    How is that law enforcement officers bill of rights coming? The addition to the law that allows everyone, and not just law enforcement officers (the police), to have the rights that police have when they’re accused of a crime? That is being worked on, isn’t it? In other words, the police not having more rights than anyone else when they’re accused of a crime. Compare and contrast the law enforcement officers bill of rights with how arrests are handled.

    • JJ Davis on June 28, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      A law enforcement officer is the only one in this great nation who is compelled to give a statement, you have the right to remain silent. Everyone who know nothing, feel the need to do something.

    • Anonymous on June 28, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      Wrong genius. Police actually have less rights. You know, like that whole self incrimination thing? You should really do your homework before you make such asinine statements.

    • Cufflinks for everyone on June 28, 2016 at 11:35 pm

      You have the same rights any citizen has when accused of a criminal act. Just because of your profession your constitutional rights don’t disappear or somehow become enhanced. Except you as a citizen can’t be compelled to give a statement when a law enforcement officer can be. If he/she invokes their 5th amendment right they can be fired. The law enforcement officers bill of rights only applies for administrative investigations, not criminal. Please educate yourself properly before making statements that obviously are made based on your ignorance.

    • Roger on June 29, 2016 at 6:13 am

      It’s hard to decipher your post. I can’t tell if you’re a cop hater or what.

    • Anonymous on June 29, 2016 at 7:47 am

      Jump off a bridge

      • W.C.Fields on June 29, 2016 at 11:20 am

        When’s a good time?

  2. Chris on June 28, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    That’s not quiet fair for the riders who do not break the law. I ride a “crotch rocket” and have never done any stunts, lane splitted, or have even gone over 85 while on public roads. Don’t categorize everyone who rides a sports bike into one group for the actions of a few ignorant people…

  3. Anonymous on June 28, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Enjoy your freedom sheeple.

    • Anonymous on June 30, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Troll along hillbilly.

    • Christie on June 30, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      Good come back Cletus.

      • Christie on July 5, 2016 at 1:07 pm

        Only if you scratch your belly while drinking your 10 ouncers.

  4. Anonymous on June 28, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    What is powdered alcohol? Lol

    • weusall on June 29, 2016 at 9:42 am

      It’s just like regular alcohol except you can sprinkle it on doughnuts

    • Anonymous on June 29, 2016 at 11:40 am

      It is something that was invented a few years ago that the great state of MD determined people are too stooped or irresponsible to be allowed to use. Another example where the idiotic few infringe on the rights of the many. I am not a drinker and may have never tried powdered alcohol but I don’t think the government should make a legal substance illegal just because it is in powdered instead of liquid form. Maybe next they will monitor fat people and make a law that allows cops to smack the Twinkie out of their hand. Remember this, stupid people will find ways to accidently kill themselves no matter how many laws you make. If you don’t believe me look at how many people die from meth, crack, and heroin every year. Now how long have people known these substances are deadly and super addictive? And I forget, aren’t they also illegal?

    • Stephen on June 29, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      It’s a powder you pour into water and it turns into a mix drink. For some reason the establishment thinks you’ll be able to get drunk easier using the product.

  5. Morons will be morons on June 29, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Too bad a statewide ban on morons like yourself isn’t among the laws. Obviously you got into something with a rider because you didn’t shoulder check.

  6. Urn on June 29, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Nah, just a tiered system to get a license to pilot them. Similar to the UK.

  7. Anonymous on June 29, 2016 at 7:16 am

    The law enforcement bill of rights is for administrative processes.

  8. Anonymous on June 29, 2016 at 7:34 am

    no not the bikes, but the riders. most of them don’t have a license. and I don’t like zoom splats (or as you call it crotch rockets) either. maybe maryland needs a graduated license system. so by the time you want to go purchase one of them their zoom splats and kill yourself you have at least 4 years of riding before you can graduate up to a 1000cc bike.

  9. F.U. on June 29, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Why do they need to be pulled off the streets? If you have an issue with them why not focus on the driver of the motorcycle. THis is a very liberal response. I suppose you want to ban guns as well.

  10. Keepin It Real on June 29, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Minimum wage goes UP…. Yay!

    Gas tax goes UP….. What?

    Kind of self defeating huh?

  11. James Hitchcock on June 29, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Lets ban minimal wage! it causes people to get fat.

  12. Len on June 29, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    When will we see a law stating that I have the same right to defend myself and my loved ones in public as I do within my home? You know, either open or concealed carry of a handgun? I guess I have to be Deputized to be able to do that, it would make me a “more special” class of citizen.

    • Anonymous on June 30, 2016 at 10:19 am

      Move to Texas. You will never get that here.

    • Anonymous on July 3, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      You’ll never see it because that’s not the goal of the left/right paradigm that you follow. No matter who you “vote” for, you’ll get the same results. Good luck with false hopes and lost causes.

  13. Sara on June 29, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    I hope this means that Calvert County Public Schools will begin offering the NBCT stipend to teachers hired after 2012. I qualify and the state will not allow me to use the money I would qualify for, even to go directly to my students and their resources, since CCPS doesn’t currently match the state funding for new teachers!

    • Anonymous on June 30, 2016 at 10:18 am

      Find a new job.

  14. Anonymous on June 30, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Watch the rate of unemployment increase along with the minimum wage increase. This will produce nothing but bad results with workers still making the same pay once hours are reduced and overtime is nonexistent. No company wants to pay workers a livable wage and as a result, you will see lots of layoffs, unemployment benefit claims, less jobs and higher prices on products and services along with tax increases. Just another step forward in the inevitable and intentional collapse of the economy. Also, further evidence that the red party will ultimately approve the same bills/laws as the blue party. There is literally no difference and you have no choice but have fun thinking that you do.