Key bills in the 2014 Maryland General Assembly session:
Minimum wage increase
Outcome: Agreed to gradually raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by July 2018.
Outcome: Agreed to impose civil fines, rather than criminal sanctions, on those caught with less than 10 grams of the drug.
Domestic violence in front of a minor
Outcome: Agreed to allow judges to impose additional sentences on abusers who commit acts of violence in front of a child.
Outcome: Agreed to stiffen penalties for drivers who cause serious crashes while talking or texting on a cellphone.
Film production tax credit
Outcome: Failed to reach a final agreement to raise funding for tax credits from $7.5 million to $11 million and set aside another $7.5 million in the budget. As a result, $15 million will be available for the program.
Outcome: Agreed to make it illegal to discriminate based on gender identity in areas of employment, housing and public accomodations.
Outcome: Agreed to ban alcohol content of 190 proof or more and impose $1,000 fine on violators.
Outcome: Established a grant program as the first step of phasing in “universal” pre-kindergarten.