Gov. Martin O’Malley signed more than 100 bills into law Tuesday, including a pre-K expansion and a law ending the practice of holding the owners of pit bulls to a different liability standard.
Since 2012, dog bites by pit bulls could bring harsher penalties on landlords, owners and the dogs themselves than bites from other breeds. But with the governor’s signature, that will change.
Lawmakers voted down a Republican alternative to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s budget, which would have made cuts to limit spending growth to 1 percent and restored state pension fund contributions.
The Maryland House of Delegates overwhelmingly passes bipartisan legislation to raise the state’s estate tax threshold.
Democrats applauded when the Maryland House passed a minimum wage increase to $10.10 per hour after a heated debate.
Sitting around a conference table at Linemark printers, O’Malley and about a dozen business people discussed how a wage hike would benefit companies of all sizes by boosting the economy and reducing turnover.
Several Republican lawmakers voiced persisting opposition to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s measure to raise the Maryland minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, proposing a slew of changes to the bill on that would chip away at many of its provisions.
Maryland lawmakers are set to get their first real whiff of marijuana legislation this session with hearings scheduled on measures that look to lift or loosen the state’s ban on recreational use of the drug.
Business owners, low-wage workers, economists and community leaders crowded into an overflowing House committee room Tuesday to offer testimony alongside Gov. Martin O’Malley on a handful of proposals seeking to change Maryland’s minimum wage.