ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Gov. Larry Hogan and the Speakers of the Maryland General Assembly gathered to sign 79 bills into law on Tuesday.
“It was truly a historic session,” said Senate Speaker Bill Ferguson.
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Lawmakers and the governor met at the State House to enact a variety of changes to the state after the 90-day legislative session ended at midnight.
“We are fueling economic recovery from the ground up and strengthening the very foundation of our economy: Maryland families,” said House Speaker Adrienne Jones.
Most top priorities had passed before the deadline, including the largest package of tax cuts in state history. Overall, about $1.86 billion in aid will go to retirees, working families and small businesses.
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A portion of these funds will go to the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which incentivizes employers and businesses to hire and retain workers from underserved communities.
Another part will take the form of a sales tax exemption for childcare products. This includes diapers, car seats and baby bottles.
But along with the triumph on some critical issues, there has been political unrest around other issues. Lawmakers were able to override Hogan’s vetoes on multiple occasions.
Now on the table for Marylanders through lawmakers: a partially paid twelve-week family leave insurance program, expanded access to abortion, and a ban on so-called phantom weapons.
Ghost Guns do not have a serial number and can be assembled at home. Gun dealers must have certain security measures in place for selling guns in stores.
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“We haven’t always agreed 100% of the time, but I really want to thank lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for working with us in a bipartisan way,” Hogan said.