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Other legislation signed into law by Gov. O’Malley

Associated Press//May 19, 2011

Other legislation signed into law by Gov. O’Malley

By Associated Press

//May 19, 2011

ANNAPOLIS — A glance at other legislation signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley Thursday at the third and final bill- signing ceremony from the legislative session:

LAWN FERTILIZER — Maryland will limit nitrogen used in lawn fertilizer, ban most phosphorous and restrict when lawn fertilizer can be applied.

CHILD NEGLECT — Child neglect becomes a crime. It will be a misdemeanor to intentionally fail to provide necessary assistance and resources for a minor, unless a lack of money is the sole reason why food, clothing, medical care and supervision are not provided.

FAMILY PLANNING — Eligibility requirements for family planning services under the Maryland Medical Assistance Program will be expanded to all women whose family income is at or below 200 percent of the poverty level.

ELECTRIC CARS — Maryland will have an income tax credit for tax years 2011, 2012 and 2013 for 20 percent of the cost of qualified electric vehicle recharging equipment placed in service by a taxpayer during a taxable year.

HORSE RACING — Slot machine revenue will be adjusted to shift money initially set aside for capital improvements at race tracks to help pay operating costs at tracks.

TEXT MESSAGES — People will not be allowed to read text messages while driving, beginning Oct. 1.

DOGGY DINING — Dogs will be able to accompany their owners at restaurants with outdoor dining.


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