BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Gov. Larry Hogan has signed legislation that is bringing some sweeping changes to Maryland.
Public health and public safety were the headliners this session — the last for Hogan’s first term in office.
“This has been our most successful legislative session, and I believe it was a big win for the people of Maryland,” Hogan said.
A measure was signed into law Tuesday to prevent skyrocketing health insurance costs for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, as well as bills addressing skin cancer and living donor transplants.
“The speaker and I have both gone through some pretty tough health battles, and I’m pleased this morning that we’ll be singing the speaker’s bill, which establishes a tax credit for living organ donations,” Hogan said.
Landmark school safety legislation was also signed into law — a measure that gained urgency when a Maryland student killed a classmate, wounded another and killed himself last month.
The bill includes training for school resource officers and assessment teams to provide interventions for students who may pose a threat.
“As I’ve said before, no mom or dad should ever have to worry when they send their kids off to school in the morning whether or not their son or daughter is going to come home safely,” Hogan said.
Public safety issues were also tackled this session. A new crime bill will be signed, and the governor is also considering a bill to establish a commission to investigate the Baltimore Gun Trace Task Force.
Lawmakers also passed a bill that could make Maryland the first state to require Facebook and other social media platforms keep a record of political ads.
A ban on bump stocks was also passed, as well as a plan for enforcing the law that prevents domestic violence offenders from owning guns.