Pending Maryland Legislation


Don’t look now but Maryland, a state that has a reputation for being a little too fond of imposing taxes, is on the verge of enacting a substantial tax reduction.  No, this is not an early April Fool’s joke.  As improbable as it may sound, the home of the dreaded bag tax, hard surface run-off tax and a plethora of other ways to separate its residents from their money is on the verge of enacting a law that will result in a significant reduction in the amount of estate taxes paid to the state, which is estimated to total more than $100 million per year when the law is fully phased in on January 1, 2019[1].



On March 5, 2014, the Maryland Senate passed SB212 (2014), historic legislation providing the protections of Maryland’s employment, public accommodations, and housing anti-discrimination laws to transgender persons. Passing by a vote of 32-15 in the Senate, the bill reportedly passed with the largest margin ever for an LGBT-rights bill in Maryland.


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