Many of the laws passed in the 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly go into effect on Saturday, July 1. According to the Department of Legislative Services General Assembly of Maryland Dates of Interest 2017 most laws will go into effect on October 1 but the bills that are budgetary, tax, and revenue bills will go into effect on July 1.
Maryland public libraries are happy that there will now be a Maryland State Law Library Agency beginning July 1, 2017. HB1094/CH338 and SB587/CH337 will make the agency governing public libraries an independent agency rather than a division of the Department of Education.
Other state agencies got new names. There is now a Health Department instead of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene per SB82/CH214. HB103/CH205 renames the Department of Human Resources to be the Department of Human Services; and the Child Support Enforcement Administration will become the Child Support Administration.
An article in the Baltimore Sun, “Laws to take effect on Sat.” also provides a good overview. Articles in the Capital and U.S. News & World Reports cover the same list of bills. The list includes Planned Parenthood funding (HB1083/CH28 and SB1081/CH810) and the Taxpayer Protection Act (SB304/CH379).
For a full listing of laws in effect on July 1, please see the “2017 Chapters – Effective July 1, 2017” published by The Department of Legislative Services. “The 90 Day Report,” also published by the Department, provides a review of all legislation passed in 2017.