In 2019, a total of 19 bills signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will become law in 2020. There are 2 more pieces of legislation signed by former Gov. Rick Snyder in 2018, that will also have effective dates in 2020. Medicaid work requirements, minimum wage increases, the legalization of online gaming and sports betting, and auto insurance reform are some of the notable laws taking effect this year.
July 1, 2020 will see the state’s new auto insurance law taking effect that will significantly overhaul Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance policy. According to Moss & Colella, the Michigan Person Injury Lawyer team, there will be a major change in the personal injury protection coverage as it will allow the residents to change their level of personal injury protection, or PIP, coverage or opt-out all together if they’re senior citizens or have existing health insurance that covers auto-related injuries. Then there are other four levels of coverage available that give unlimited coverage, $500,000, $250,000 and a minimum $50,000 option for some Medicaid recipients. The amount of auto insurance savings will completely depend on the level of coverage drivers will choose to go with.
January 1st saw the state’s minimum wage jump from 20 cents to $9.65 while the tipped wage increased to $3.67. In 2018 GOP lawmakers had adopted and amended a citizen-led minimum wage ballot proposal which will affect the increase in the minimum wage to $12.05 by 2030. Also on the same date the new Medicaid work requirements kicked in for most able-bodied adults receiving healthcare benefits through the state’s Healthy Michigan Program.
Thus the beneficiaries, between the ages of 19 and 61, are now required to report per month for at least 80 hours of workforce engagement, such as working or job training. Affected residents have received notices in the mail from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
5 Things to do in Maryland
The East Coast of the US has a lot to offer, and although might not be top of the list for everyone, there are so many reasons why you should visit Maryland. Head to Maryland’s largest city, Baltimore – explore the harbour, or visit the beach to experience the excitement of the amusements. Immerse yourself in history with the range of museums and monuments that Maryland has to offer. Here are the top 5 things that you can do when visiting Maryland.
1. Oriole Park at Camden Yards
If you’re a sports fan heading to Maryland, visiting Camden Yards is a must. Home to the Baltimore Orioles, Camden Yards was opened in 1992, it’s a retro-style park and it has been from the day it was built! If you’re planning on visiting this old-school stadium, you’ll be headed right into the heart of Baltimore’s inner harbour, with a huge variety of things to see and do, experiencing an Oriole’s game means you can experience this quaint park, as well the stunning harbour surroundings. Soon, you’ll be able to place moneyline bets online in Maryland, so you can add a whole new level of excitement to your favourite baseball games.
2. Ocean City Boardwalk
Baltimore’s boardwalk is one of the best in the country, so if you’re looking for things to do in Maryland, this should be top of your list! The boardwalk itself dates to 1902, but it is still one of the most exciting places to visit this day. Situated right on the beach, there’s an abundance of fun to be had here, and a lot of the time, the activities are free!
Morning or night, you can guarantee there is always something to see and do. You can head to the amusements, with arcades that are fun for the whole family, or if you’re more of a thrill-seeker, ride the rollercoaster or take in the stunning views from the top of the Ferris wheel. If you’re hungry, you’ll want to try Maryland’s famous crab cakes or if you’ve got a sweet tooth, the saltwater taffy or hot funnel cakes might be more your style. The boardwalk has something for everyone, shops, amusements, and food – not to mention the beach!
3. Maryland Science centre
A trip to Maryland wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Maryland science centre. Fun for both kids and adults, you can immerse yourselves in all things science. With three levels of exhibits, you can delve into learning more about astrology, palaeontology, physics and how the human body works. One of the most stunning attractions at the science centre is the rooftop observatory that allows you to explore the night sky. The planetarium is also not to be missed – an Imax theatre which features films on all things from space to butterflies.
4. Fort McHenry
Fort McHenry is well worth a visit for history experts and novices alike. This fort was built to defend Baltimore Harbour from a British attack in 1814. It has since then been named a ‘National Monument and Historic Shrine’. The Fort is open to visitors and is a must-see. When visiting you can choose one of the many tours to ensure you get the most from your time here, you can choose to pay for entry, or just take it all from a walk along the path near the bay.
The visitor centre itself has artefacts and information, as well as a 10-minute film on the fort’s history that is not to be missed. Make sure you walk around the fort before you enter the grounds, and you’ll get to see canons that were used in World War 2.
5. Baltimore National Aquarium
The National Aquarium is considered one of the best in the Nation – so when planning your trip to Maryland, set aside some time to explore the thousands of animals it has to offer. The aquarium is situated in the Inner Harbour, so is easily accessible. Here, you can explore the depths of the ocean, the rainforest and more! This aquarium has it all – watch the sharks circle, the various species of birds take flight and watch the crocodiles snap. When visiting, you can choose a guided tour or just take your time, soaking up all that this attraction has to offer.
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