Maryland legislature ends session marked by budget surplus

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers have concluded their 90-day legislative session.

A package of legislation to strengthen cybersecurity was approved late Monday night. In a year of huge budget surplus, the General Assembly approved allocating nearly $570 million for information technology and cybersecurity upgrades. Lawmakers also approved restrictions on long-lasting chemicals known as PFAS in food packaging and rugs and carpets and switching to safer alternatives for firefighting foams.

Lawmakers reached an agreement on raising the legal age of marriage in the state from 15 to 17, with judicial review if there is no parental consent.


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Maryland legislature enters last day, most priorities done

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers are entering the last day of their legislative session with most high-profile measures already passed into law. The General Assembly's 90-day session is scheduled to adjourn Monday at midnight. Democrats, who control the legislature, and Republican Gov. Larry Hogan already have signed a bipartisan budget deal with $1.86 billion in tax relief over five years for Maryland retirees, small businesses and low-income families. Lawmakers […]

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