ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Governor Larry Hogan signed 79 bills into law today and thanked lawmakers for a successful session of bipartisan progress on the top priorities of Marylanders.
“First, I want to thank the Speakers and Legislative Leaders on both sides of the aisle for all of their hard work over the last 90 days of the legislative session.
“I would say this was our most successful session to date. We enacted the largest tax cut package in state history to provide $2 billion in tax relief for retirees, struggling families and small businesses. We have adopted a fiscally responsible and balanced budget. For the eighth year in a row, we have funded education in record fashion. We have increased investments in our police, first responders and public safety. And today we will sign 79 bills.
“We haven’t always been on board 100% of the time, but I really want to thank lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for working with us in a bipartisan way, not just in this last legislative session, but over the past eight years, and that’s much appreciated.” For eight years, we’ve sent a very clear message that unlike Washington, where there seems to be more division and dysfunction, we can in brings us together in a bipartisan way to change things for the better.”
See the full list of bills signed by Governor Hogan, Senate Speaker Bill Ferguson, and House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones here. The governor has now acted on all the bills that have come before him.
Some of the significant accomplishments of this legislative session include:
Largest tax cut package in state history, tax relief for retirees. This session provided nearly $2 billion in tax relief to Marylanders, including the Retirement Tax Abolition Act-bringing total tax, toll and fee relief under the Hogan administration to nearly $4.7 billion.
End of the worst Gerrymandering in America. At the culmination of a years-long struggle for non-partisan redistricting, the Governor signed into law a new congress mapending the country’s worst gerrymandering.
Balanced and fiscally responsible budget. The Governor has passed a balanced and fiscally responsible budget that bolsters the state’s Rainy Day Fund to unprecedented levels.
Reimburse the policy. Governor raised $500 million Pay back police initiative will help recruit and retain more quality officers, increase diversity and expand community policing efforts, improve training to teach better de-escalation techniques, and provide body cameras and other upgrades technology and equipment for state and local police departments throughout Maryland.
Record funding for schools, school choice and school construction. Governor’s budgets provide record funding for K-12 education, school construction and the BOOST program, which provides scholarships to low-income students in areas with underperforming schools to attend non-public schools.
More jobs for Marylanders. the More jobs for Marylanders Act 3.0 expands the administration’s flagship economic initiative that provides tax incentives to new and existing manufacturers who locate or expand in Maryland and create new manufacturing jobs, and to non-manufacturers who locate or expand in Maryland’s Opportunity Zones.
Maryland Cancer Moonshot Initiative. The Governor launched a new Maryland Cancer Moonshot Initiative to expand and accelerate cancer detection, screening, prevention, treatment and research in the state, including the first-ever comprehensive cancer center in Prince George’s County.
Maryland Rural Economic Development Fund. The governor launched a $50 million grant fund to stimulate economic development activity, stimulate private sector investment and create jobs in rural areas of the state.