New laws go into effect in DC, Maryland, and Virginia
New, high-profile laws, go into effect in D.C., Maryland and Virginia Wednesday.
In Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will usher in the minimum wage increase. The minimum wage in the nation's capital is $10.50 an hour. That's higher than in any state, although a handful of cities have approved minimum wages higher than the District's.
In Virginia, mothers will be gathered at the Tysons Corner Center Tot Lot to celebrate the enactment of the Right to Breastfeed Law. The new decision says mothers are now allowed to breastfeed their children in public.
In Maryland, minimum wage is going up a quarter. It increases from $8 to $8.25 on Wednesday. It is set to go up again to $8.75 in 2016 and $9.25 in 2017. It is scheduled to reach $10.10 in 2018.
Also in Maryland, drivers will be paying less to use bridges, tunnels and roads. The $6 cash toll to cross the Bay Bridge will drop to $4.
Many of the other discounts taking effect will require an E-Z Pass. For example, the discount of using the pass will go from 10 percent to 25 percent for the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry tunnels. That discount also will apply to the Francis Scott Key Bridge, the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge.
Meanwhile, a sales tax on gasoline will increase from 2 percent to 3 percent. Overall so far, Maryland drivers will be paying about 8.6 cents a gallon more for gas due to the legislation passed in 2013.
Also in Maryland, changes to the state's rain tax.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.