RUSH TO THE FIN­ISH

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

A look at some of the ma­jor leg­is­la­tion ap­proved in Mary­land’s 90-day leg­isla­tive ses­sion that ended at mid­night Mon­day in An­napo­lis.

SICK LEAVE:

Busi­nesses with 15 or more em­ploy­ees would be re­quired to pro­vide at least five paid sick days.

FRACKING:

Statewide ban on the hydraulic frac­tur­ing drilling process known as fracking.

GENERIC DRUGS:

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.

MAN­U­FAC­TUR­ING:

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.

TRANS­PORTA­TION:

Law­mak­ers pulled back on re­quire­ments in a trans­porta­tion scor­ing sys­tem that Mr. Ho­gan warned would end up block­ing trans­porta­tion projects through­out the state.

SCHOOL TEST­ING:

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.

FED­ERAL LAW­SUITS:

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.

BIRTH CON­TROL:

Mary­land would steer $2.7 mil­lion to fam­ily plan­ning ser­vices at Planned Par­ent­hood if the fed­eral gov­ern­ment cuts fund­ing.

OYS­TER SANC­TU­AR­IES:

Oys­ter sanc­tu­ar­ies in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay will re­main barred to wa­ter­men un­til a sur­vey on the oys­ter pop­u­la­tion is fin­ished next year.

LIVE­STOCK:

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.

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