Tax, toll details
•Increases from 23.5 to 27 cents a gallon Monday.
•Increase could reach 42.5 cents in 2016 .
•If Congress lets states tax Internet sales, increase would be cut by 7 cents.
•One-way fares at harbor crossings increase Monday from $3 to $4.
•Bay Bridge and U.S. 301 bridge up from $4 to $6.*
•Interstate 95 toll portion, U.S. 40 Hatem bridge rise from $6 to $8.*
•E-Z Pass customers get 10 percent discount.
*Collected in one direction only
Other new laws
Voting laws: Election officials can begin building an online voter registration system.
Pre-paid cell phones: It will cost 60 cents more each time customers buy more time for pre-paid cell phones; the fee helps pay for the emergency 911 system.
Baltimore schools: The city will be required to start making deposits into a fund to build or renovate about 40 city schools, the first phase of a $1 billion-plus plan. The city will put money from its increased bottle tax — which rose from 2 cents to 5 cents on most containers — into an account. When table games arrive at the planned Horseshoe Casino, the state will put revenue into the same account.
Gun backlog: The Maryland State Police's force will expand by 66 jobs, some of whom will help implement the gun law scheduled to take effect in October. Other new workers will help relieve the backlog of nearly 30,000 gun applications and the state police's current three-month delay in processing background checks for gun buyers.
Veterans benefits: New laws will help award college credit for military service and training, as well as expedite the process for getting professional licenses for veterans and their spouses who move to Maryland.
Boat tax cap: The excise tax for boat sales will be capped at a $15,000 tax bill, a measure aimed at persuading more yacht owners to keep expensive boats in Maryland.
Oyster shell tax credits: Residents and corporations can earn up to $750 in income tax credits by recycling oyster shells. Each bushel earns a $1 tax credit.