A breakdown of several new laws in Maryland

Now that it's July, several new laws are taking effect all over the country in Maryland.

There are quite a few new ones and one helps Planned Parenthood.

Maryland's lawmakers were one of the first in the country to pass legislation this year to fill potential federal cuts to Planned Parenthood.

Under the new law, $2 million from Maryland's Medicaid budget, plus $700,000 from the state's general fund will go towards family planning services.

The legislation passed without the Governor's signature.

But that's not it, Maryland is also trying to better the education that kids in the state receive that helps them understand the risks and dangers of opioids.

The Start Talking Maryland Act requires Maryland schools to have specific education programs on opioid addiction.

It requires public schools to talk about the dangers of heroin and other opioids in drug education. This legislation also requires schools to provide Naloxone to reverse overdoses.

A state tax break for emergency services personnel is also now in effect.

Retired fire, law enforcement and EMS, who are 55 and older, are about to see a big tax break. The law exempts the first $15,000 of their retirement income from state taxes.

Legislation like this has been a priority for Governor Larry Hogan since taking office, even mentioning it along the campaign trail back in 2014.

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