Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law the death penalty repeal, making Maryland the 18th state to abolish capital punishment. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun video)

While the repeal legislation would prevent future death sentences in Maryland, it does not apply to the five men currently on death row. They remain under sentence of death for murders going back as far as 1983, and so far O'Malley has declined to commute their sentences.

None is in imminent danger of execution. Maryland has had a de facto moratorium since 2006, when the state Court of Appeals struck down the rules under which executions were carried out. With passage of repeal, it is questionable whether they will ever be revised.

The marijuana bill makes Maryland the 19th state to allow the use of the drug for medical purposes. It allows legal distribution of marijuana by doctors and nurses through academic medical centers.

The driver's license bill, approved over the fierce objections of most Republicans, would allow the state to issue limited-purpose licenses without proof of legal residency. The restricted licenses would not be valid for such purposes as air travel or entry to federal buildings.

Parrott said he will also announce Friday whether opponents will attempt to petition the driver's license measure to referendum.

Proponents contend it would make highways safer by making sure drivers are licensed and insured regardless of their immigration status. Opponents say it would help to make Maryland a sanctuary for people illegally in the country.

michael.dresser@baltsun.com

Campaign finance: Among other changes, closes loophole allowing contributors to use multiple LLCs to evade donation limits. It also requires some non-profits that make political contributions to report their top donors.

Other bills signed

Elections: Establishes more and longer days for early voting. Allows same-day registration at early-voting sites.

Health care: Creates infrastructure to implement Affordable Care Act.

Gas bills: Allows utilities to seek an up-front surcharge to cover cost of replacing pipelines.

Sharks: Prohibits possession or sale of shark fins.

Agricultural certainty: Gives some farmers a 10-year reprieve from new environmental regulations.

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