These major bills have been introduced in the Maryland General Assembly: GASOLINE TAX
Would impose, effective July 1, a tax of either 9 cents per gallon or 10 percent of the average annual wholesale price per gallon for unleaded gas, whichever is greater. Proceeds would be used for transportation projects. SB 744. Bill has passed the Senate and is being considered in committee in the House. TRUCK TAX
Would impose a road wear surcharge on commercial motor vehicles, ranging from 9 cents to 54 cents per gallon of fuel, depending on the weight of the vehicle and the number of axles. HB1321. Bill is being considered in committee in the House. DRUNKEN DRIVING
A set of six bills that would impose stiffer penalties on motorists who drive while intoxicated. SB493-498; HB742-747. Senate bills have passed committee and are being considered on floor; House bills are being considered in committee. PRISON CONSTRUCTION
Would authorize construction of a 500-bed medium/maximum security prison in Hagerstown, at a cost of $2.2 million. HB1872; SB954. Both bills are being considered in committee. RACING
Would consolidate racing by transferring certain days of racing from the Bowie and Timonium tracks to Laurel and Pimlico.SB911. Bill is being considered in Senate committee.