» Family planning funding: Requiring the state to reject federal federal planning assistance, known as Title X, if it comes with a “gag rule” prohibiting medical providers from discussing a pregnant patient’s options.
» Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Sending an extra $3.2 million in state aid to the financially struggling symphony.
» “Blueprint” for education: Sending $855 million in additional funding to public school classrooms over two years.
Bills signed by the governor
» University of Maryland Medical System: Revamping the hospital system’s board after The Baltimore Sun reported that the network had contracts with the companies of nearly a third of the members.
» University System of Maryland: Reforming the Board of Regents and requiring it to operate in a more transparent manner, following controversial actions after the death of Terrapins football player Jordan McNair last summer.
» Tobacco 21: Raising the minimum age to buy nicotine and tobacco products, starting Oct. 1.
» “Easy enrollment” insurance: Adding a question to state tax returns to help find people eligible for Medicaid or subsidized private health insurance.
» Johns Hopkins police: Allowing Johns Hopkins to create an armed police force to patrol its academic, conservatory and hospital campuses in Baltimore.
» Laura and Reid’s Law: Creating enhanced penalties for those convicted of crimes of violence against pregnant women. It’s named for a murdered Howard County teacher and her unborn son.