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New laws go into effect starting July 1

July 1st, 2022 by WCBC Radio

WBAL reports there are new laws going into effect in Maryland starting July 1. They include the Elijah Gorham Act, named after the Mervo High School student who died after a head injury during a football game. The act requires all Maryland public middle and high schools to have venue-specific emergency action plans and coordination of care for other emergent injuries. 

Earlier this year, Baltimore City Public Schools said it will hire more athletic trainers, add a new position to enhance health and safety practices, train more coaches and athletes in the areas of heat stroke and traumatic brain injury prevention.

Regarding possible future laws, the issue of recreational marijuana will head to the ballot in November and if passed, it would not be legal until July of 2023 for people 21 and older. If OK'd by voters, the bill would remove criminal penalties for carrying marijuana.

View a list of laws below.

HB937  expands access to abortion:

-Establishing the Abortion Care Clinical Training Program in the Maryland Department of Health to ensure that there are a sufficient number of health professionals to provide abortion care

-Establishing the Abortion Care Clinical Training Program Fund; establishing certain requirements regarding abortion services, including provision and coverage requirements, for the Maryland Medical Assistance Program and certain insurers

-Requiring the Governor to include in the annual budget bill an appropriation of $3,500,000 to the Program..funding starting in 2023.

HB836 Elijah Gorham Act

SB585 Absconding definition  includes leaving a drug treatment facility

SB59 waives certain civil penalties from toll violations

HB468 Public school employees whistle blower protections

HB1391 clean cars act

HB316 tax-exempt diapers

HB282 tax-exempt baby products

SB571 Tax-exempt oral hygiene products

HB364 tax-exempt medical devices

HB1151 tax-exempt diabetic care

HB571 access to a lawyer for evictions

SB598 provides a tax credit for hiring unemployable…

HB1 authorizes a ballot referendum question asking to legalize recreational marijuana

HB896 authorizes an increase in bond sales for improvements to Camden yards

HB275  prohibits PFAS  George Walter Taylor Act

HB293  establishes fund to support 9-8-8 suicide prevention line

Hb1468 Allowing a subtraction modification under the Maryland income tax for individuals who are at least 55 years old for the first $15,000 of income.