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Md. Gov. Signs 144 Bills, Including 'Noah's Law' and Justice Reinvestment Act

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Gov. Hogan signed 144 bills into law Thursday, including SB945 known as 'Noah's Law.' (Photo: Larry Hogan/Facebook) Gov. Hogan signed 144 bills into law Thursday, including SB945 known as 'Noah's Law.' (Photo: Larry Hogan/Facebook)
Officer Noah Leotta, the officer of which the new law is named after. (Photo: Montgomery County Police) Officer Noah Leotta, the officer of which the new law is named after. (Photo: Montgomery County Police)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP/WBOC) - Gov. Larry Hogan signed 144 bills into law Thursday, including an expansion of mandatory use of breath-testing ignition devices and criminal justice reform.
    
Hogan signed the bills into law Thursday at a ceremony at the State House in Annapolis.
    
The signed bills include Noah's Law, which requires breath-testing ignition devices for anyone convicted of drunken driving. It honors Montgomery County police Officer Noah Leotta, who was struck and killed by a drunk driver who pleaded guilty this week to vehicular manslaughter.

"I was proud to strongly support Noah's Law, and I want to thank everyone involved who helped get it passed," said Governor Hogan. "This, along with the bill we are signing to dedicate a portion of Maryland Route 924 as Heroes Highway, is an important way to honor the incredible legacy and sacrifice of our brave heroes. I am also incredibly proud to sign the Justice Reinvestment Act today, which will help transform and modernize our state's criminal justice system."

The Justice Reinvestment Act includes policy changes for parole, victim restitution, record expungement and focuses on treatment for nonviolent drug offenders over prison.

“Today we signed the largest, most comprehensive criminal justice reform to pass in Maryland in a generation,” said Governor Hogan. “This legislation strikes a balance between our most important duty of protecting public safety and the cost savings that result from a more efficient criminal justice system.”    

For a full look at the bills signed into law Thursday click here.

There are about 100 bills awaiting the governor's action. Hogan must decide this month whether the veto those bills or let them take effect without his signature.

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