RUSH TO THE FINISH
A look at some of the major legislation approved in Maryland’s 90-day legislative session that ended at midnight Monday in Annapolis.
Businesses with 15 or more employees would be required to provide at least five paid sick days.
Statewide ban on the hydraulic fracturing drilling process known as fracking.
Maryland’s attorney general would be able to bring civil actions against manufacturers of off-patent or generic drugs that make “unconscionable” price increases.
OPIOID DRUG ABUSE:
A comprehensive package of measures to try to address opioid drug overdoses. The HOPE Act requires hospitals to set a new protocol for discharging patients treated for substance abuse disorders and increases access to the overdosereversal drug known as naloxone.
Tax incentives backed by Gov. Larry Hogan to attract manufacturing jobs to parts of the state that need it most, including Western Maryland, the lower Eastern Shore and Baltimore.
Lawmakers pulled back on requirements in a transportation scoring system that Mr. Hogan warned would end up blocking transportation projects throughout the state.
Limits on school testing would be limited to 2.2 percent of the school year. That’s about 24 hours for elementary and middle schools and about 26 hours in high schools.
The state attorney general can now sue the federal government without the governor’s permission. Separately, the attorney general’s office will receive $1 million in future budgets to pay for lawsuits against federal government actions that hurt the state.
Maryland would steer $2.7 million to family planning services at Planned Parenthood if the federal government cuts funding.
Oyster sanctuaries in the Chesapeake Bay will remain barred to watermen until a survey on the oyster population is finished next year.
Maryland would become the second state in the nation to prohibit routine antibiotic use in livestock, out of concern within the public health community about antibiotic resistance.
PRINCE GEORGE’S HOSPITAL:
Approved $100 million for operating grants for the Prince George’s County Regional Medical Center through 2028.