New Laws in Effect Starting July 1st in DC, Maryland, and Virginia


New Laws

Starting July 1st, several new laws were passed in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia and gone into effect.


  • Minimum wage increases from $13.25/hour to $14/hour which is a part of the Fair Shot Minimum Wage Amendment Act of 2016
  • DOEE will issue fines ranging from $100-800 for organizations distributing plastic straws
  • DC will start collecting taxes for the paid family leave program which is a part of the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016.


  • University of Maryland Board of Regents are now required to be live-streamed following the recent events of the death of UMD football player, Jordan McNair
  • Stricter background checks for Maryland Schools. Schools are now required to contact all of the applicant’s past employers.
  • MTA is now required to offer free rides to permanent members of the Executive Branch of State government and college and university employees
  • [Montgomery County] K-12 students can take the Ride On bus for free.
  • [Montgomery County] Minimum wage for large employers will increase from $12.25/hour to $13/hour. Small and mid-size employers will increase from $12/hour to $12.50/hour.


  • VRE fares will increase by about 3%
  • Schools can now start as early as two weeks before Labor Day
  • [Arlington County] License tags no longer have to be displayed on front windshields
  • Priests, Ministers, Rabbis, and other clergy members are now required to report suspected cases of child abuse and/or neglect to law enforcement
  • Car seats now must be rear-facing for children two years and younger, or until the child meets the minimum weight limit for a forward-facing car seat.
  • Virginia residents can longer have their driver licenses suspended for unpaid court fines and fees.
  • You must now be 21-years- old to buy cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or any tobacco products
  • Lottery winners whose haul is more than $10 million will now be able to keep their identities hidden

Source: NBC Washington

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