ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The annual last-minute flurry to avoid letting potential new Maryland laws die on the vine brought big spending issues and gun restrictions to the forefront.
The annual "sinedie" process brought dozens of bills to lawmakers before the 90-day legislative session ends.
Among some of the last bills to pass and await signature from Governor Larry Hogan:
Senate Bill 1265-- The Safe To Learn Act is a bill intended to bolster school safety by requiring new training standards for school resource officers, freeing up money for school districts that can't afford police protection and establishes new guidelines for parents and students in identifying troubling behavior.
House Bill 1302-- An Extreme Risk Protective Order would allow the courts to disarm someone deemed dangerous based on "red flags."
The bill drew lots of criticism from pro-gun groups like The Patriot Picket. They tried to block the passage of the bill by influencing law makers in the final hours of the session.
Governor Larry Hogan and lawmakers also got some major financial aid policies through the legislature. Maryland intends to spend $167 million to help fund operations and improvements for Metro.
Another bill would dedicate an even larger sum to recruit Amazon's second headquarters to Montgomery County. Hogan notes that the $8.5 billion dollars would come in tax breaks and not taxpayers funds.