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Maryland Legislative Update – New laws to take effect July 1, 2012

These new Maryland state laws take effect today, July 1, 2012.

Senate Bill 994: All beverage alcohol sold to consumers (by retail stores, restaurants, caterers, bars, etc.) in Maryland will be taxed at the new sales tax rate of 9%.

Senate Bill 755 : Allows an individual in a restaurant, club or hotel with a Class B or Class C alcoholic beverages license to consume wine not bought from or provided by the restaurant or facility under certain conditions.

House Bill 690: Repeals the prohibition in Montgomery County on the issuance of Class H beer and light wine licenses in Damascus and submits the law to a referendum of the voters.

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