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James Irving
BKK Business Law Newsletter
September 2015

A number of new laws went into effect in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia as of July 1, 2015. These include the following:

In Virginia:

In Maryland:

• Drivers will pay lower tolls on some state roads and bridges. The toll to cross the Bay Bridge has been reduced from $6 to $4. The E-Z Pass holder discount has increased from 10 percent to 25 percent for the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry tunnels, the Francis Scott Key Bridge and the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge;

• The so-called “rain tax,” which was a stormwater remediation fee for property owners, has been repealed;

• The gas tax has increased from 2 percent to 3 percent, adding about 2 cents per gallon;

• Ridesharing companies like Uber will be regulated by the Maryland Public Service Commission, which will require drivers to be fingerprinted;

• The minimum wage has gone from $8 to $8.25. It is set to rise to $8.75 in 2016, $9.25 in 2017 and $10.10 in 2018.

In the District:

• The minimum wage has risen to $10.50 and will be increased to $11.50 next July.