Gov. Larry Hogan signed 66 bills into law Tuesday, a day after the Maryland legislative session ended.
- Legislative session comes to a close. Dozens of bills became Maryland law after receiving Governor Hogan's signature, and many are a bipartisan effort hoping to unite our state. Rachael Cardin breaks down the stories behind some of Maryland's new laws.
RACHAEL CARDIN: The work stretched across the aisle.
- I believe this session is one that every Marylander can be proud of.
RACHAEL CARDIN: And today, Governor Hogan signed more than 65 bills into law.
LARRY HOGAN: We can work together in a bipartisan way for the people of Maryland.
RACHAEL CARDIN: One targeted mental health, enacting the 211 phone system to help those experiencing an emotional crisis. The bill was named after Thomas Raskin, US Representative Jamie Raskin's son, who died late in 2020 at age 25 by suicide. Raskin addressed his son's depression, following his death.
JAMIE RASKIN: His extraordinary political morality were the truest propositions I ever encountered in my entire life.
RACHAEL CARDIN: The governor also signed the Walter Lomax Act, named after a man who spent almost 40 years in prison, only to be exonerated. The bill would help those wrongfully convicted, by setting guidelines for how much money the state can award them. Lomax himself presented the bill last session.
WALTER LOMAX: No amount of money will ever be able to deal with that. But what we could possibly hope is that the individual doesn't have to worry about anything for the rest of their life.
RACHAEL CARDIN: After WJZ interviewed Lomax, he suffered a heart attack in the state house, but his position never wavered.
- He was semi-lucid, but he did say please try to get that bill done.
RACHAEL CARDIN: That bill is now law, along with environmental protection policies, funding for schools, and tax breaks.
LARRY HOGAN: We enacted the largest tax cut in state history, $1.45 billion in relief for struggling Maryland families and small businesses.