Other new laws tak­ing ef­fect

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Child sex abuse Ex­tends the time limit for fil­ing a civil suit over be­ing sex­u­ally abused as a child to 20 years af­ter the vic­tim be­comes an adult or three years af­ter the abuser is crim­i­nally con­victed. The cur­rent limit is seven years af­ter reach­ing adult­hood. An­tibi­otic ef­fec­tive­ness Restricts the use of an­tibi­otics in farm an­i­mals to cases where a vet­eri­nar­ian judges it nec­es­sary. Pur­pose is to keep the drugs ef­fec­tive for hu­man use. Mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion Al­lows peo­ple con­victed of mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion to seek ex­punge­ment of the charge from their record four years af­ter com­plet­ing their sen­tence rather than 10. Ve­hi­cle homi­cide In­creases the max­i­mum penalty for killing some­one with a mo­tor ve­hi­cle or a boat while im­paired by drugs from three years in prison to five. Un­li­censed bar­bers Elim­i­nates crim­i­nal penal­ties of $100 fine and up to 30 days in jail for bar­ber­ing with­out a li­cense. The mis­de­meanor charges are vir­tu­ally never en­forced and civil penal­ties re­main. For­eign cam­paign do­na­tions Pro­hibits for­eign in­ter­ests from mak­ing cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions to a po­lit­i­cal com­mit­tee con­test­ing a bal­lot is­sue and from mak­ing in­de­pen­dent ex­pen­di­tures on such a cam­paign. In­ter­net lot­tery sales Bars the Mary­land Lot­tery from al­low­ing sales of tick­ets over the in­ter­net.

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