Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed the year's first slew of bills into law Tuesday after a General Assembly session that saw the Democrat's entire agenda pass.
Chief among the approved legislation is a requirement that, by 2017, 2.5 percent of all energy sold in Maryland come from a wind farm built miles off the coast of Ocean City. O'Malley has fought for a wind farm bill for three years.
The governor also signed a bill allowing for more public-private partnerships, paving the way for private investors to help finance state infrastructure. Other new laws include a $4.5 million grant process to lure workers to certain industries and tax credits for cyber and biotechnology companies.
"There is no progress without a job," he said. "We have passed meaningful legislation that focuses on creating jobs and expanding opportunity with a balanced, fiscally responsible approach."