Wine shipping, alcohol tax, car fees among laws starting today

July 01, 2011|By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Several laws from the most recent session of the Maryland legislature take effect today:

•Marylanders may have wine shipped to their homes, as long as their vintner of choice has paid a $200 permit and signed up with the state comptroller's office.

•State workers will pay more into their pension system. Workers hired now will have lower benefits than their more experienced colleagues.

•Car dealers can tack a $200 dealership fee on the cost of a new or used vehicle. The fee had been capped at $100.

•Titling fees for cars and trucks double to $100, though rental car companies are temporarily exempt.

•The sales tax on beer, wine and liquor increases from 6 percent to 9 percent

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