Last week we examined some of the new taxes and fees that went into effect on July 1, 2013.  In addition to those, over 100 new laws, rules, and regulations were passed during the 90 day legislative session.  Below is a smattering of some that went into effect on July 1, 2013.

Early Voting.  Early voting has been expanded to eight (8) days, and will allow for same day voter registration.

New Smoke Detector Laws.  A new smoke detector law requires that all battery only smoke detectors have a ten year lithium battery that is sealed in. Smoke alarms with sealed-in 10-year batteries are tamperproof and eliminate the need to replace the battery which many feel will help keep Maryland families safe.

Ban on Crib Bumper Pads.  The sale of crib bumper pads is now banned in Maryland as several reports indicated that baby bumper pads pose a risk of suffocation, strangulation, and death.  The ban applies only to baby bumper pads made of a non-mesh material that rests directly above the mattress running along the inside of the crib.

Regulation of Mixed Martial Arts.  The State Athletic Commission will now license and regulate amateur MMA competition.  Included in this takeover is new drug testing policies, and a requirement that all contestants submit blood test to prove negative results for HIV, hepatitis, and other diseases.

Public School Employee Unions.  All public school employees must pay a representation fee even if they are not a member of the union.   In Maryland public schools, one may choose not to join the union but a representation fee will be deducted from that employee’s paycheck.  Even those individuals requesting to opt out for religious reasons will still have the fee deducted and later donated to a non-religious charity that is approved by the school entity and the employee.

Composting Facilities.  In 2013, composting facilities will be regulated by the Department of the Environment with users being required to pay yet to be determined permit fees.