ANNAPOLIS – A glance at bills signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley on Tuesday:
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS MONITORING — After years of effort, Maryland will have a prescription drug monitoring program to help fight rising prescription drug abuse.
ELECTRICITY RELIABILITY — The Maryland Public Service Commission will create reliability standards for state utilities. The bill was approved largely in response to power outages that have lasted days, particularly in the suburbs of Washington.
HOME CARE-COLLECTIVE BARGAINING — Collective bargaining rights will be established for independent home care providers.
RACE BASED TRAFFIC STOPS — Maryland law enforcement officers will be required to record data relating to traffic stops and report to the Maryland Statistical Analysis Center.
BABY FORMULA-BISPHENOL A — The chemical bisphenol-A will be banned from infant formula containers by July 2014.
JUVENILE RECIDIVISM — The Department of Juvenile Services will be required to report to the General Assembly on recidivism rates by Jan. 1 of each year.
ELECTRICITY-CUSTOMER CHOICE — The Public Service Commission will be required to take more steps to educate consumers about their choices in purchasing electricity, including a section on the PSC’s website.
WINE SHIPPING — After years of debate, wineries will be able to ship directly to consumers.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA — People who use marijuana for medical reasons will have a new defense to avoid a $100 fine and misdemeanor conviction if they are arrested for using marijuana but have a doctor’s permission to use the drug for medicinal reasons.
SLOT MACHINES-NON-INTERFERENCE — The holder of one of Maryland’s five slot machine licenses will not be able to hinder the efforts of another licensee for establishing a slot machine casino.
SLOT MACHINE-TAX RATE – The state’s take on slot machine revenue for a potential site at Rocky Gap State Park in western Maryland will be reduced from 67 percent to 50 percent in the first 10 years of operation, in hopes of drawing a bidder to the location.
SCHOOL BUS CAMERAS – A law enforcement agency that consults with a county board of education will be able to place cameras on school buses to catch people who commit violations when passing school buses.