New Laws Take Effect October 1

Several new laws took effect on October 1 ranging from measures to ban hydraulic fracking to ethics reform. An article in the Washington Post describes some of the measures.

The measures include: a law on price gouging that gives the state attorney general the authority to sue drug companies that dramatically increase the price of off-patent or generic drugs; a law that increases by 13 years the amount of time that a person who alleges child sexual abuse has to file a lawsuit, lifting the age cap from 25 to age 38; ethics reform pushed by Hogan in an attempt to address a string of scandals involving Democratic lawmakers; criminal-justice reform aimed at reducing recidivism and state prison costs; and making it easier to expunge minor offenses from residents’ driving records.

The Capital News Service via MarylandReporter has compiled a list of dozens of bills taking effect with links to the legislation.

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