It’s that time of year again – the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, the laws are getting stricter. A lot of new laws went into effect on July 1st of this year. There will be some additional legislation that will take effect on October 1st, as well. It’s important to know new laws coming into effect for Maryland residents so that you aren’t blindsided when you find out there’s some new crazy law that prevents otherwise legal behavior (or vice versa). Check out some of the laws that went into effect earlier this month.
New Maryland Laws
- Liquor Laws – These aren’t changing drastically, but if you get your hair or nails done in Montgomery County, you might soon be able to sip on some beer or wine at the same time. This county is known for its extravagance for a good reason. Liquor stores are no longer able to sell any liquor above 190 proof anywhere in the state of Maryland, so grain alcohol is officially out.
- Maryland Minimum Wage – States across the country are working to raise minimum wage. Maryland’s minimum wage bump has already gone into effect, but Maryland businesses aren’t required to meet the $8 an hour change until January of 2015. The bump will push minimum wage up to $10.10 by the summer of 2018 and will rise slowly until then.
- Correctional Facility Changes – This won’t affect the majority of Marylanders, but for women behind bars who are expecting, this is going to significantly change childbirth. It may also result in some malpractice suits once the change has occurred. Officers are no longer allowed to shackle inmates who are in labor, except under extreme circumstances. Doctors now have the final say on when these women are allowed to return to prisons, depending on health concerns.
- Changes for College Students – If you’re a Maryland college student, you now have the right to a copy of the “Financial Aid Shopping Sheet.” As a full time student, your university or community college is required to provide you with this sheet, which lays out information on grants, scholarships, loans, and more. Hopefully this will be a way for students to reduce student loan debt and have a clearer understanding what the college is looking for in order to grant money and or pay it back.
Look out for all of these changes this July as well as another blog from us closer to October outlining the laws that will be taking effect then. Robinson and Associates is a criminal defense firm. If you have been charged with criminal offense, contact us for a free review of your case. To schedule your free consultation, give Robinson & Associates a call at 443-524-7395 or visit our website. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Source: Washington Post