A look at the laws passed by the Maryland General Assembly


ANNAPOLIS, MD.Here are some of the bills passed by lawmakers before the end of the Maryland General Assembly's 90-day session on Monday:

Maryland budget

Gov. Wes Moore's $63 billion budget proposal for the next fiscal year was mostly retained. To raise money for transportation, some tax and fee increases were added, including a new 75-cent rideshare fee and a higher vehicle registration fee. The new revenue for transportation will be about $252 million – an increase to $336 million in 2029. Tobacco tax increases will help generate about $91 million for education.

Port employees

The bill authorizes the state to use its rainy day fund to assist unemployed port employees who are not covered by unemployment insurance during the period that the port is closed or partially closed.

The bill also allows Gov. Wes Moore to use state reserves to help some small businesses avoid layoffs. Maryland funds can also be used to persuade businesses moving to other ports to return to Baltimore once it reopens.

Court personnel protection

Judges in Maryland could protect their personal information online. The measure was approved in response to the fatal shooting of Judge Andrew F. Wilkinson in his driveway last year.

Abortion clinic safety

The approved measure would create a grant program within the state Department of Health to help abortion clinics fund safety improvements.

Juvenile Justice

An adopted juvenile justice reform package aims to improve accountability and rehabilitation in tackling violent youth crime.

Data Center

The governor's bill to simplify data center development has been approved. Data center houses information technology infrastructure.

Affordable housing package

The law passed by the governor will increase the state's housing supply.

Pimlico Rebuild

A plan to rebuild Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore has been approved. Plan demands for the transfer of the route to state control.

Civil Liability for Firearms

A measure to create standards that the firearms industry must follow to prevent harm in the authorized state.

Artificial intelligence

A measure designed to prepare Maryland for the increasing use of artificial intelligence has been approved.

Online privacy

The approved measure would limit companies' data collection to ensure consumer privacy and security.

Plan to combat child poverty

The governor's approved proposal would help communities where disproportionate numbers of children live in poverty.

Gender-affirming treatment

Gender-affirming treatment would be protected from criminal and civil lawsuits in Maryland.

Freedom to read

Public libraries, including public school libraries, would not be able to remove reading materials due to partisan, ideological, or religious disapproval.

Equal Rights Amendment Resolution

A nonbinding resolution was passed reaffirming the state's support for the Equal Rights Amendment. Calls on President Biden and Congress to recognize it as the 28th Amendment to the US Constitution

Health insurance for immigrants

The state would seek a federal waiver to allow people to purchase health insurance through Maryland's health care exchange, regardless of their immigration status.

Statewide Gun Violence Prevention Center

Governor's proposal to create a new center to promote statewide partnership with federal and local authorities to reduce gun violence adopted,

988 crisis

A permanent funding source would be created for the state's mental health crisis hotline 988.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.