Almost five years after the Maryland General Assembly called for an inventory of the state’s untested rape kits, police will now be required to submit such kits for testing. The measure is one of the state and local bills in Maryland and Virginia that become law as of Jan. 1.

Virginians will see a small break on the sales tax when they purchase tampons and other menstrual supplies. The law does not eliminate the 5.3 percent sales tax on those items — which Maryland did in 1980 — but it will lower the rate to 2.5 percent, the same rate applied to food.

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