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National Association of Social WorkersProfile Report – 4/8/2017

Aging

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 132

Chair, Health and Government Operations Committee et al.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program - Regulations

Requiring the Secretary of Aging to consult with the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman when adopting specified regulations that relate to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, including specified annual reviews, resident councils and family councils in long-term care facilities, training and designating ombudsmen, conflicts of interest, and confidentiality of specified information and documents.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Returned Passed (4/4)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

HB 147

Chair, Health and Government Operations Committee et al.

Healthy Aging Program

Establishing the Healthy Aging Program in the Department of Aging; specifying the purposes of the Program; providing that funding for the Program shall be as provided in the State budget; authorizing the Secretary of Aging to accept money from specified sources for the Program; authorizing the Secretary to adopt regulations to implement the Program; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Returned Passed (4/4)

Position:
Support

Comment:
The bill establishes a Healthy Aging Program in the Department of Aging to:

1. Promote healthy aging and healthy living by older adults,

2. Encourage aging safely at home and in the community,

3. Raise public awareness about the importance of healthy aging and aging safely for both individuals and the public,

4. Evaluate the need for improving the quality and accessibility of existing healthy aging opportunities and services,

5. Improve the quality of life and contain health care costs of older adults,

6. Provide competitive funding grants to design and test programs and services that help older adults achieve healthy and safe aging and healthy living, and

7. Publicly disseminate the outcomes of grants awarded under the program.

 

HB 256

Del. Mary Carozza et al.

Adult Protective Services - Investigation - Time Period Increase

Increasing from 30 days to 60 days the period of time during which a local department of social services, or in Montgomery County the county department of health and human services, must complete an investigation after receiving a report of suspected abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or exploitation of an alleged vulnerable adult.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing canceled (3/14)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Lengthens the time a local department has to complete an investigation from 30 to 60 days – See SB 680

 

SB 47

Chair, Finance Committee et al.

Reporting Abuse to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and the Office of Health Care Quality

Clarifying that suspected abuse of a resident of a related institution is required to be reported to the Office of Health Care Quality; requiring the recipient of a specified report to promptly notify, to the extent allowed by specified laws, the administrator of the related institution; requiring the Office of Health Care Quality once it has received a specified report to promptly notify the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program; clarifying the entities to which a law enforcement agency is required to report the findings of an investigation; etc.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Passed Enrolled (4/5)

Position:
Support

Comment:
The bill conforms state law to federal guidelines, including specifying that suspected abuse must be reported to the Office of Health Care Quality and the Long-term Care Ombudsman Program rather than DHMH and the Department of Aging in general. NASW provided written testimony.

 

SB 680

Sen. Susan Lee et al.

Adult Protective Services Investigations - Completion Time

Increasing, from 30 days to 60 days, the period of time during which a local department of social services must complete an investigation of a report of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, or financial exploitation when the report does not indicate that an emergency exists.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Third Reading Passed (138-0) (4/8)

Position:
Support

Comment:
same as HB 256

 

 

Behavioral Health

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 352 (SB 1106)

Del. Kirill Reznik et al.

Health Care Practitioners - Use of Teletherapy

Authorizing specified health care practitioners to use teletherapy for a specified patient under specified circumstances; and requiring specified health occupations boards to adopt specified regulations on or before April 1, 2018 that, to the extent practicable, are uniform and nonclinical.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Delegates Sample-Hughes, K. Young, and Miele (4/7)

Position:
Support with Amendment

Comment:
As amended, the bill requires the various health occupation boards to develop regulations on the use of teletherapy – the bill is in conference committee over a technical issue

 

SB 1106 (HB 352)

Sen. Craig Zucker

Health Care Practitioners - Use of Teletherapy

Authorizing specified health care practitioners to use teletherapy for a specified patient under specified circumstances; and requiring specified health occupations boards to adopt specified regulations on or before April 1, 2018, that, to the extent practicable, are uniform and not related to scope of practice.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Third Reading Passed with Amendments (137-0) (4/8)

Position:
Support with Amendment

Comment:

 

HB 580 (SB 476)

Del. Antonio Hayes et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2016: SB 497 - Support

Behavioral Health Community Providers - Keep the Door Open Act

Requiring, except under specified circumstances, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to adjust the rate of reimbursement for community providers each fiscal year by the rate adjustment included in the State budget for that fiscal year; requiring, on or before December 1, 2019, and on or before December 1 annually thereafter, the Department to submit a report to the Governor and General Assembly on the impact of the reimbursement rate adjustment on community providers and other specified outcomes; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 2/28 at 1:00 p.m. (2/8)

Position:
Support

Comment:
This bill is included in the omnibus HOPE Act (HB 1329/SB 967). As passed, the provision sets rate increases at 3.5% for FY19 and FY20. A rate study is also required and in FY21, either a rate increased based on that study will be implemented or 3%. There are also requirements for studies related to outcome based reimbursement and payment delivery system.

 

SB 476 (HB 580)

Sen. Guy Guzzone et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2016: SB 497 - Support

Behavioral Health Community Providers - Keep the Door Open Act

Requiring that the Governor's proposed budget for specified fiscal years include specified rate increases for specified community providers over the funding provided in specified legislative appropriations; requiring the Behavioral Health Administration and the Medical Care Programs Administration jointly to conduct a specified study and implement a specified payment system; requiring the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, on or before December 1, 2019, to submit an annual report; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 3/28 at 1:00 p.m. (3/22)

Position:
Support

Comment:
see crossfile

 

HB 650 (SB 691)

Del. Dan Morhaim et al.

Criminal Procedure - Incompetency and Criminal Responsibility - Court-Ordered Evaluation

Authorizing a court to order a specified defendant's doctor to develop a treatment plan within 5 days of the defendant's admission to a designated facility after a finding of incompetency or not criminally responsible under specified circumstances; providing that if a defendant refuses medication, the court may order a clinical review panel to convene within 14 days of the defendant's admission to the designated facility in order to review any proposed administration of psychiatric medication over the refusal of the defendant; etc.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings (3/30)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
Amendments replace most of the language to the following: If a court commits a defendant who is also found incompetent to stand trial or not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder and the disorder is treatable with psychiatric mediation that will likely result in the individual being less of a danger to themselves or others, the court may order the treating physician to evaluate and develop a recommended treatment plan within 5 days of admission to the designated facility. If the defendant refuses treatment a clinical review panel shall be established and convened within 14 days of the admission date to review administering psychiatric medication over the defendant’s refusal. Retains exiting requirements in the Health-General Article that except in an emergency medication bs being refused may not be administered to an individual prior to the decision of a clinical review panel.

 

SB 691 (HB 650)

Sen. Justin Ready et al.

Criminal Procedure - Incompetency and Criminal Responsibility - Court-Ordered Medication

Authorizing a court to order administration of specified medication to a defendant for a period of no longer than 30 days after a finding of incompetency or not criminally responsible under specified circumstances; providing that specified medication may be administered to a specified individual before the decision of a specified panel for a period of no longer than 30 days under specified circumstances; requiring a specified panel to issue a specified decision within 30 days under specified circumstances; etc.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings (3/30)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 658 (SB 570)

Del. Eric Bromwell

Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Telehealth - Requirements

Altering specified coverage and reimbursement requirements for health care services delivered through telemedicine under the Maryland Medical Assistance Program; requiring the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to provide coverage of and reimbursement for specified health care services that are delivered through telehealth; deeming a health care service provided through telehealth to be equivalent to a specified health care service for a specified purpose; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn (4/7)

Position:


Comment:
Due to the fiscal note on the bill, the bill has been withdrawn. The Committee chairs have requested in writing that DHMH to commit to a number of requests in the bill.

 

SB 570 (HB 658)

Sen. Thomas Middleton

Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Telehealth - Requirements

synopsis same as CF HB 658

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 2/23 at 1:00 p.m. (2/2)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 27

Chair, Judicial Proceedings Committee et al.

Child Abuse and Neglect - Substance-Exposed Newborns - Reporting

Repealing specified provisions exempting a health care practitioner from making a specified report regarding a substance-exposed newborn under specified circumstances; and making the Act an emergency measure.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings (2/20)

Position:
Support

Comment:
DHR and SUD stakeholders are committed to working on this issue after session.

 

 

CY&F

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 389

Del. Carlo Sanchez et al.

Child Abuse and Neglect - Failure to Report - Penalty

Making it a misdemeanor subject to a prison term of up to 6 months or a fine of up to $2,500 or both, for a health practitioner, a police officer, an educator, or a human service worker with actual knowledge of child abuse or neglect to fail to report the abuse or neglect.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Judiciary; Withdrawn (3/14)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 416 (SB 442)

Del. David Moon et al.

Family Law - Protecting the Resources of Children in State Custody

Requiring the Department of Human Resources to take specified actions in the best interests of the child when serving as a representative payee or fiduciary for specified federal benefits for a child in the Department's custody; requiring the Department to provide immediate notification to the child, through the child's attorney, of specified actions taken with respect to specified benefits for the child; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Judiciary; Withdrawn (3/17)

Position:
No Position

Comment:

 

SB 442 (HB 416)

Sen. Richard Madaleno et al.

Family Law - Protecting the Resources of Children in State Custody

Requiring the Department of Human Resources to take specified actions when serving as a representative payee or fiduciary for specified federal benefits for a child in the Department's custody; requiring the Department to provide specified notice to the child, through the child's attorney, of specified actions taken with respect to specified benefits for the child; etc.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 2/22 at 1:00 p.m. (1/30)

Position:
No Position

Comment:

 

HB 428 (SB 574)

Del. Kathleen Dumais et al.

Family Law - Child Conceived Without Consent - Termination of Parental Rights (Rape Survivor Family Protection Act)

Authorizing a court, under specified circumstances, to terminate the parental rights of an individual convicted of or found to have committed an act of nonconsensual sexual conduct against the other parent that resulted in the conception of a child; prohibiting the court from terminating parental rights under specified circumstances; specifying that a termination of parental rights under the Act terminates completely specified rights and responsibilities of a parent; etc.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Third Reading Passed with Amendments (47-0) (4/6)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

SB 574 (HB 428)

Sen. Brian Feldman et al.

Family Law - Child Conceived Without Consent - Termination of Parental Rights (Rape Survivor Family Protection Act)

Authorizing a court, under specified circumstances, to terminate the parental rights of an individual convicted of or found to have committed an act of nonconsensual sexual conduct against the other parent that resulted in the conception of a child; requiring the court to stay further proceedings in a termination of parental rights action under specified circumstances; authorizing the court to stay or postpone a trial on termination of parental rights for good cause; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Third Reading Passed with Amendments (138-0) (4/8)

Position:
Support

Comment:
This bill was poorly amended in the Senate. There will be an attempt to fix the bill in a conference committee.

 

HB 462 (SB 701)

Del. Pat Young et al.

Higher Education - Tuition Waivers for Foster Care Recipients and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth - Alterations

Altering the definition of "foster care recipient" for specified tuition waivers to include an individual who resided in an out-of-home placement at the time the individual graduated from high school or successfully completed a GED; and clarifying that the definition of "tuition" includes fees for credit-bearing and noncredit courses.

Committees:
Ways and Means

Status:
Returned Passed (4/6)

Position:
Support

Comment:
This fixes something from last year's bill that was missed.

 

SB 701 (HB 462)

Sen. Craig Zucker et al.

Higher Education - Tuition Waivers for Foster Care Recipients and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth - Alterations

synopsis same as CF HB 462

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Returned Passed (4/5)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

HB 473

Del. Brett Wilson et al.

Crimes - Child Abuse and Neglect - Failure to Report

Establishing that specified persons who are required to provide specified notice or make reports of suspected child abuse or neglect may not knowingly fail to give the notice or make the reports; establishing a misdemeanor and penalties of a fine not to exceed $1,000 or imprisonment up to 1 year, or both, for knowingly failing to report child abuse or neglect; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Judiciary; Withdrawn (3/14)

Position:
Support with Amendment

Comment:
This bill is identical to SB 135

 

HB 697 (SB 945)

Del. Eric Luedtke et al.

Child Abuse and Neglect - Statewide Reporting - 2-1-1 Maryland

Expanding the duties of 2-1-1 Maryland to include serving as a statewide hotline for the reporting of child abuse and neglect; requiring that 2-1-1 Maryland accept reports of child abuse and neglect 7 days a week, 24 hours a day; requiring the Health and Human Services Board in consultation with the State Department of Human Resources to develop policies for the proper training of 2-1-1 Maryland service provider staff in responding to reports of child abuse and neglect; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn (3/7)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

SB 945 (HB 697)

Sen. William Smith et al.

Child Abuse and Neglect - Statewide Reporting - 2-1-1 Maryland

synopsis same as CF HB 697

Committees:
Finance; Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn (3/9)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 968

Del. Meagan Simonaire

Children - Health and Safety - Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline and Signage

Requiring the Social Services Administration of the Department of Human Resources to establish a specified hotline to make specified reports of suspected child abuse or neglect; requiring the Administration to develop a specified methodology to track specified numbers and types of calls to a specified hotline; requiring the Administration to create a specified sign that contains information regarding a reporting suspicion of child abuse, child neglect, or child sexual abuse; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Judiciary (3/15)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 1197 (SB 797)

Del. Susan McComas et al.

Child Abuse and Neglect - Reporting - Definitions

Altering the definitions of "educator or human service worker" and "health practitioner" in provisions of law relating to the reporting of child abuse and neglect; and defining the terms "mandated reporter" and "youth-serving organization" in provisions of law relating to the reporting of child abuse and neglect.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m. (2/9)

Position:


Comment:
Creates and expands the definition of “mandated reporter” required to report suspected abuse or neglect to the following entities acting in a professional capacity and expands

 

SB 797 (HB 1197)

Sen. Justin Ready et al.

Child Abuse and Neglect - Reporting - Definitions

Altering the definitions of "educator or human service worker" and "health practitioner" in provisions of law relating to the reporting of child abuse and neglect; and defining the terms "mandated reporter" as specified individuals acting in a professional capacity who are required to report suspected abuse or neglect and "youth-serving organization" as an organization whose goal is to educate, serve, or assist in the development of children of any age in provisions of law relating to the reporting of abuse and neglect.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m. (2/8)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1198 (SB 679)

Del. Susan McComas et al.

Child Abuse and Neglect - Training

Requiring that each health practitioner, police officer, educator, and human service worker in this State receive periodic training on the obligation to report child abuse and neglect and on the identification of abused and neglected children.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m. (2/9)

Position:


Comment:
Requires each health practitioner, police officer, educator, and human service worker in the state to receive periodic training on the obligation to report abuse and neglect as required by state law, and the identification of abused and neglected children.

 

SB 679 (HB 1198)

Sen. Susan Lee

Child Abuse and Neglect - Training

Requiring that each health practitioner, police officer, educator, and human service worker in the State receive periodic training on the obligation to report child abuse and neglect and on the identification of abused and neglected children.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m. (2/8)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1207 (SB 85)

Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk et al.

Family Law - Treatment Foster Care Homes - Siblings

Authorizing the placement of more than two children in a treatment foster care home in order to place siblings together if the local department makes a specified written finding and notifies the Administration of the placement; and defining "treatment foster care home" as an out-of-home placement facility that is part of a program designed and implemented by a child placement agency to provide intensive casework and treatment in a family setting to children with special physical, emotional, or behavioral needs.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Second Reading Passed with Amendments (4/7)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

SB 85 (HB 1207)

Sen. Joan Conway et al.

Family Law - Treatment Foster Care Homes - Siblings

Authorizing the placement of more than two children in a treatment foster care home in order to place siblings together if the local department makes a written finding that placing the siblings together is in their best interests and that the siblings will not harm other children placed at the same treatment foster care home; and requiring the local department to notify the Administration of the placement.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Second Reading Passed (4/7)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 1263 (SB 996)

Del. Kathleen Dumais

Family Law - Child Abuse and Neglect - Definitions

Altering the definition of "abuse" for the purpose of specified child abuse and neglect statutes to include the physical or mental injury of a child by a person who, because of the person's position or occupation, exercises authority over the child under specified circumstances; providing that "abuse" does not include the physical injury of a child by accidental means; altering the definition of "mental injury" for the purpose of specified child abuse and neglect statutes; etc.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Second Reading Passed (4/7)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

SB 996 (HB 1263)

Sen. Susan Lee et al.

Family Law - Child Abuse and Neglect - Definitions

synopsis same as CF HB 1263

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Third Reading Passed (135-2) (4/8)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

HB 1321

Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith

Prior Yr Info:
2015: HB 955 - Monitor

Child Protection - Reporting - Threat of Harm

Authorizing an individual to notify the local department of social services or the appropriate law enforcement agency if the individual has reason to believe that a verbal threat of imminent severe bodily harm or death to a child has been made by a specified individual and that the child is at substantial risk of child abuse; designating specified procedures and requirements for a report concerning a specified verbal threat of harm to a child; etc.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings (4/6)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1469 (SB 1009)

Del. Pat Young et al.

Public Assistance - Family Investment Program - Child Support Pass Through

Requiring that the first $100 for one child and $200 for two or more children collected in child support in a month pass through to a family seeking assistance under the Family Investment Program; and prohibiting the consideration of that child support in computing the amount of assistance.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Second Reading Passed (4/6)

Position:
Support

Comment:
As amended, the effective date will be July of 2019

 

SB 1009 (HB 1469)

Sen. J. Jennings et al.

Public Assistance - Family Investment Program - Child Support Pass Through

Requiring that the first $50 for one child and $100 for two or more children collected in child support in a month pass through to a family seeking assistance under the Family Investment Program; and prohibiting the consideration of that child support in computing the amount of assistance.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Passed Enrolled (4/7)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

SB 27

Chair, Judicial Proceedings Committee et al.

Child Abuse and Neglect - Substance-Exposed Newborns - Reporting

Repealing specified provisions exempting a health care practitioner from making a specified report regarding a substance-exposed newborn under specified circumstances; and making the Act an emergency measure.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings (2/20)

Position:
Support

Comment:
DHR and SUD stakeholders are committed to working on this issue after session.

 

SB 135

Sen. Susan Lee et al.

Crimes - Child Abuse and Neglect - Failure to Report

Establishing that specified persons who are required to provide specified notice or make reports of suspected child abuse or neglect may not knowingly fail to give the notice or make the reports if the specified person has actual knowledge of the abuse or neglect or witnesses the act of the abuse or neglect; establishing a misdemeanor and penalties on conviction of a fine not to exceed $1,000 or maximum imprisonment of 6 months or both for knowingly failing to report child abuse or neglect; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 4/05 at 1:00 p.m. (4/4)

Position:
Support with Amendment

Comment:

As amended, the bill requires "actual knowledge;" "knowingly" fail to report; only applies when the victim is a minor; up to 6 months in jail and/or $1,000 fine

 

 

Forensics

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 471 (SB 215)

Del. Charles Sydnor et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2016: HB 304 -

Juvenile Court - Jurisdiction

Repealing provisions of law that exclude from the jurisdiction of the juvenile court a child of a specified age alleged to have committed specified offenses; repealing provisions of law governing the transfer of specified criminal cases to the juvenile court; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Judiciary (3/17)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

SB 215 (HB 471)

Sen. Delores Kelley et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2016: SB 243 -

Juvenile Court - Jurisdiction

synopsis same as CF HB 471

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings (3/6)

Position:
Support

Comment:
This is the major piece of legislation supported by the juvenile justice reform advocates.

 

HB 721 (SB 674)

Del. Kathleen Dumais

Juvenile Services - Services and Programs for Females

Requiring the Department of Juvenile Services to serve children in the juvenile services system with programming that provides females with services and programs to meet their specific needs, including diversion programs, community detention services and programs, and reentry services and programs; altering the duties of the State Advisory Board for Juvenile Services to include consulting with and advising the Secretary of the Department on the treatment and programming needs of females in the juvenile justice system; etc.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Second Reading Passed (4/7)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Requires the Department of Juvenile Services to serve children in the juvenile services system with programming that provides females with a range and quality of services and programs to meet their needs.

 

SB 674 (HB 721)

Sen. Delores Kelley et al.

Juvenile Services - Services and Programs for Females

synopsis same as CF HB 721

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Third Reading Passed (138-0) (4/8)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

HB 981 (SB 664)

Allegany County Delegation

Correctional Officers' Retirement System - Membership

Altering the membership of the Correctional Officers' Retirement System to include specified individuals serving in specified positions in the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services; providing that specified members of the Correctional Officers' Retirement System who meet specified criteria may receive a normal service retirement allowance that is based on specified creditable service; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations

Status:
Second Reading Passed with Amendments (4/8)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

SB 664 (HB 981)

Sen. George Edwards et al.

Correctional Officers' Retirement System - Membership

synopsis same as CF HB 981

Committees:
Budget and Taxation

Status:
Returned Passed (4/5)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

HB 1001 (SB 1015)

Del. David Moon et al.

Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Limitations

Prohibiting a correctional facility from placing an inmate in restrictive housing for more than 15 consecutive days or a total of 20 days in a 60-day period, with specified exceptions; establishing specified protections for inmates who are placed in restrictive housing; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Judiciary; Withdrawn (3/13)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

SB 1015 (HB 1001)

Sen. Susan Lee et al.

Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Limitations

synopsis same as CF HB 1001

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings; Withdrawn (3/17)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

HB 1187 (SB 784)

Del. Tawanna Gaines et al.

Department of Juvenile Services - Youth Services Bureau - Budget Appropriation

Requiring the Governor to appropriate any funding in the State budget for an eligible youth services bureau in the Department of Juvenile Services budget.

Committees:
Appropriations

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Appropriations; Withdrawn (4/8)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Sponsor has negotiated an agreement for FY 2018

 

SB 784 (HB 1187)

Sen. Richard Madaleno et al.

Department of Juvenile Services - Youth Services Bureau - Budget Appropriation

synopsis same as CF HB 1187

Committees:
Budget and Taxation

Status:
Hearing 3/07 at 1:00 p.m. (2/8)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

HB 1564 (SB 659)

Del. Jazz Lewis et al.

Task Force on Practices and Procedures on Solitary Confinement

Establishing the Task Force on Practices and Procedures on Solitary Confinement; providing for the composition, chair, and staffing of the Task Force; prohibiting a member of the Task Force from receiving specified compensation, but authorizing the reimbursement of specified expenses; requiring the Task Force to study specified issues related to solitary confinement in the correctional system of the State and report its recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly by December 1, 2017; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Judiciary; Withdrawn (3/17)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 659 (HB 1564)

Sen. Joanne Benson et al.

Task Force on Practices and Procedures on Solitary Confinement

synopsis same as CF HB 1564

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings (3/6)

Position:


Comment:

 

 

Misc

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 1 (SB 230)

Del. Luke Clippinger et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2016: HB 580 -

Labor and Employment - Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

Requiring employers that employ 15 or more employees to provide employees with earned sick and safe leave that is paid at the same wage rate as the employee normally earns; requiring employers with 14 or fewer employees to provide an employee with unpaid earned sick and safe leave; requiring an employer who rehires an employee within 9 months of leaving to reinstate any of the employee's unused sick and safe leave; authorizing a specified employer to deny a request to take earned sick and safe leave under specified circumstances; etc.

Committees:
Economic Matters

Status:
Passed Enrolled (4/5)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

SB 230 (HB 1)

Sen. Thomas Middleton et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2016: SB 472 -

Labor and Employment - Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

Requiring employers that employ 15 or more employees to provide employees with earned sick and safe leave that is paid at the same wage rate as the employee normally earns; requiring employers with 14 or fewer employees to provide unpaid earned sick and safe leave; prohibiting an employer from being required to pay a tipped employee more than a specified wage for earned sick and safe leave; requiring the Commissioner of Labor and Industry to develop a specified model paid sick and safe leave policy for use by specified employers; etc.

Committees:
Economic Matters

Status:
First Reading Economic Matters (3/16)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

HB 150 (SB 170)

The Speaker et al.

Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2018)

Making the proposed appropriations contained in the State Budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, in accordance with Article III, Section 52 of the Maryland Constitution; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations

Status:
Passed Enrolled (3/28)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 152 (SB 172)

The Speaker et al.

Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2017

Authorizing or altering the distribution of specified revenue; altering or repealing specified required appropriations; authorizing the use of specified funds for specified purposes; requiring he Department of Management and Budget to review specified interagency agreements; requiring the Department of Commerce to report specified information relating to the compliance of specified companies with a specified letter of intent; requiring a specified financial forecast to maximize the use of specified funds; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations

Status:
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(b) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 23 (4/6)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 498 (SB 562)

Del. Shelly Hettleman

Health Care Decisions Act - Advance Directives and Surrogate Decision Making - Disqualified Individuals

Prohibiting specified individuals from serving as a health care agent under specified circumstances; establishing a specified exception; prohibiting specified individuals from making decisions about health care for specified individuals under specified circumstances; requiring a person who obtains specified information that would prohibit an individual from serving as a health care agent or making health care decisions for a specified individual to provide the information to a specified health care provider or facility; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Returned Passed (4/4)

Position:
Support

Comment:
The bill has been amended to provide direction to providers in cases where the health care agent and the patient are in the process of separating or divorcing.

 

SB 562 (HB 498)

Sen. Delores Kelley et al.

Health Care Decisions Act - Advance Directives and Surrogate Decision Making - Disqualified Individuals

Prohibiting specified individuals from serving as a health care agent under specified circumstances; establishing a specified exception; prohibiting specified individuals from making decisions about health care for specified individuals under specified circumstances; providing that a health care provider may only be required to make a reasonable inquiry under specified circumstances; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Third Reading Passed with Amendments (137-0) (4/8)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

HB 631 (SB 415)

The Speaker et al.

Public Health - Essential Off-Patent or Generic Drugs - Price Gouging - Prohibition

Prohibiting a manufacturer or wholesale distributor from engaging in price gouging in the sale of an essential off-patent or generic drug; requiring the Maryland Medical Assistance Program to notify the Attorney General of a specified increase in the price of an essential off-patent or generic drug under specified circumstances; requiring a manufacturer of an essential off-patent or generic drug to submit a specified statement to the Attorney General within 20 days after its request; etc.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Third Reading Passed with Amendments (38-7) (4/7)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Prohibits a manufacturer or wholesale distributor from engaging in price gouging in the sale of off-patent or generic drugs.

 

SB 415 (HB 631)

President et al.

Public Health - Essential Generic Drugs - Price Gouging - Prohibition

Prohibiting a manufacturer or wholesale distributor from engaging in price gouging in the sale of an essential generic drug; requiring the Maryland Medical Assistance Program to notify the manufacturer of an essential generic drug and the Attorney General of a specified increase in the price of the essential generic drug under specified circumstances; requiring a manufacturer of an essential generic drug to submit a specified statement to the Attorney General within 20 days after receipt of a specified notice; etc.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 2/15 at 1:00 p.m. (1/30)

Position:
Support

Comment:
see crossfile

 

HB 666 (SB 437)

Del. Eric Bromwell et al.

Public Health - Expensive Drugs - Manufacturer Reporting and Drug Price Transparency Advisory Committee

Requiring, on or before March 31 each year, the manufacturer of an expensive drug sold or offered for sale in the State to file with the Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene a specified annual report; establishing the Drug Price Transparency Advisory Committee; requiring a manufacturer of an expensive drug to file a notice with the Secretary before increasing a specified price or a specified cost by more than a specified percentage or amount during specified periods of time; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 2/23 at 1:00 p.m. (2/8)

Position:
Support

Comment:
This legislation is being led by Health Care for All as part of their drug pricing transparency campaign

 

SB 437 (HB 666)

Sen. Joan Conway et al.

Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission - Review of Drug Transparency and Notification Laws and Initiatives

Requiring the Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission to review specified prescription drug transparency and notification laws and initiatives and information for purposes of assessing proposals for the adoption and implementation of laws or other initiatives in the State; authorizing the Commission, as part of its review, to consider specified studies and to receive input from experts on prescription drug pricing; and making the Act subject to a specified contingency.

Committees:
Rules and Executive Nominations

Status:
First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations (4/6)

Position:
Support

Comment:
As amended, the bill would charge the newly created Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission to examine laws, data, and studies from other states regarding drug pricing transparency and make recommendations

 

HB 736

Del. Chris West et al.

Workgroup to Recommend Possible Reforms to Maryland's Health Care System

Requiring the Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene, under specified circumstances, to convene a workgroup to recommend possible reforms to the State's health care system; requiring that the workgroup include specified individuals; requiring the workgroup, under specified circumstances, to study and assess specified matters and make specified recommendations; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m. (2/22)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
The General Assembly passed SB 571 instead of this bill

 

HB 909 (SB 571)

Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk et al.

Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Act

Establishing the Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission to monitor and assess the impact of potential and actual federal changes to specified health care programs and to provide recommendations for State and local action to protect the access of residents of the State to affordable health coverage; providing for the composition, cochairs, and staffing of the Commission; requiring the Commission to annually report its findings to the Governor and General Assembly on or before December 31; etc.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Rereferred to Finance (3/29)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
Establishes the Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission to conduct a study to assess the impact of potential federal changes to the ACA, Medicaid, and Medicare and make recommendations for state action. It's unclear what the Commission will do unless/until Congress changes the ACA. A behavioral health provider representative was added as a member.

 

SB 571 (HB 909)

Sen. Thomas Middleton et al.

Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Act

Establishing the Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission to monitor and assess the impact of potential and actual federal changes to specified health care programs and to provide recommendations for State and local action to protect the access of residents of the State to affordable health coverage; providing for the composition of the Commission; authorizing the Commission to convene specified workgroups; requiring the Commission to report annually to the Governor and General Assembly by December 31; etc.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(b) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 17 (4/6)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
The bill stablishes the Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission to conduct a study to assess the impact of potential federal changes to the ACA, Medicaid, and Medicare and make recommendations for state action. As changes to the ACA do not appear to be immanent, the Commission is expected to take on other tasks, including drug pricing transparency (as directed in SB 437).

 

HB 1083 (SB 1081)

Del. Shane Pendergrass et al.

Health - Family Planning Services - Continuity of Care

Establishing the Family Planning Program in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to ensure the continuity of family planning services in the State; requiring the Program to provide family planning services to specified individuals through specified providers; authorizing the Department to adopt specified regulations; requiring the Maryland Medical Assistance Program to ensure access to and continuity of services provided by specified family planning providers in a specified manner; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Enacted under Article II, Section 17(b) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 28 (4/6)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

SB 1081 (HB 1083)

Sen. Richard Madaleno et al.

Health - Family Planning Services - Continuity of Care

synopsis same as CF HB 1083

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Third Reading Passed (97-40) (4/8)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

HB 1113 (SB 988)

Del. Clarence Lam et al.

Health Occupations - Maryland Community Health Worker Act

Establishing the State Board of Community Health Workers; specifying the purpose and composition of the Board; specifying the terms of a Board member; requiring the Governor to appoint a new member, within a specified time period, if a vacancy on the Board occurs; authorizing the Governor to remove a member of the Board under specified circumstances; requiring the Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene to serve as the chair of the Board; requiring the Board to elect specified officers from among its members; etc.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Favorable with Amendments Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs (4/7)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

SB 988 (HB 1113)

Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam et al.

Health Occupations - Maryland Community Health Worker Act

Establishing the State Board of Community Health Workers; specifying the purpose and composition of the Board; providing that the role of community health workers does not include providing clinical services; specifying the term of a Board member; requiring the Governor to appoint a new member, within a specified time period, if a vacancy on the Board occurs; authorizing the Governor to remove a member of the Board under specified circumstances; requiring the Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene to serve as the chair of the Board; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Rereferred to Health and Government Operations (4/4)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 1128 (SB 768)

Del. Ariana Kelly

Health Insurance - Prescription Drugs - Formulary Changes

Prohibiting insurers, nonprofit health service plans, and health maintenance organizations from making specified formulary changes during a plan year and the open enrollment period that precedes the plan year; and applying the Act to all policies, contracts, and health benefit plans issued, delivered, or renewed in the State on or after October 1, 2017.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn (3/14)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

SB 768 (HB 1128)

Sen. Brian Feldman et al.

Health Insurance - Prescription Drugs - Formulary Changes

Prohibiting insurers, nonprofit health service plans, and health maintenance organizations from making specified formulary changes during the plan year and the open enrollment period that precedes the plan year; and applying the Act to all policies, contracts, and health benefit plans issued, delivered, or renewed in the State on or after October 1, 2017.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn (3/13)

Position:
Support

Comment:
The bill would have limited the ability of an insurance carrier to remove a medication from its formulary during the plan year

 

HB 1158

Del. Mike McKay et al.

Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Comprehensive Dental Benefits for Adults - Authorization

Authorizing the Maryland Medical Assistance Program, beginning on January 1, 2019, and subject to specified limitations, to provide comprehensive dental services for adults whose annual household income is at or below 133 percent of the poverty level.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 3/14 at 1:00 p.m. (2/15)

Position:
Support

Comment:

The content of this bill have been amended into a separate bill (SB 169)

HJ 2 (SJ 0002)

Del. C. Frick et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2016: HJ 6 -

Constitutional Convention - Amendments - Repeal

Repealing and withdrawing specified applications to Congress to call a Constitutional Convention; and urging the legislatures of specified other states to repeal and withdraw such applications.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Favorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs (4/10)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

SJ 2 (HJ 0002)

Sen. Richard Madaleno et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2016: SJ 5 -

Constitutional Convention - Amendments - Repeal

Repealing and withdrawing specified applications to Congress to call a Constitutional Convention; and urging the legislatures of specified other states to take specified actions.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Passed Enrolled (4/6)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

 

Private Practice

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 63

Del. Frank Conaway

Health Care Practitioners - Cost Estimate Notice - Required

Requiring health care practitioners to provide specified information relating to the cost of a health care service to an individual or the parent or guardian of a minor; requiring the information to be provided in writing before performing the health care service; and excluding emergency health care services from the application of the Act.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn (2/28)

Position:
Oppose

Comment:
While a bad bill, it is not expected to gain any traction.

 

 

Professional

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

* HB 1183 (SB 986)

Del. Chris West

State Board of Social Work Examiners - Revisions

Renaming the graduate social worker license issued by the State Board of Social Work Examiners to be the master social worker license; requiring a specified licensed bachelor social worker or licensed master social worker to submit specified information to the Board to obtain approval by the Board to engage in independent practice; authorizing the Board to reject an application for independent practice if the applicant has not completed the specified supervised experience required; etc.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Favorable with Amendments Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs (4/7)

Position:
Support

Comment:
The bill is passing mostly intact with the provisions of independent practice and supervision included. BSWE has agreed to stop opposing these provisions, but wants more time to develop regulations. July 2018 is the implementation date for new regulations.

 

* SB 986 (HB 1183)

Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

State Board of Social Work Examiners - Revisions

synopsis same as CF HB 1183

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Third Reading Passed with Amendments (138-0) (4/8)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

HB 628 (SB 517)

Del. Erek Barron et al.

Secretaries of Principal Departments - Supervision and Review of Decisions and Actions by Units Within Departments

Requiring the Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Office of Administrative Hearings, in consultation with stakeholders and other interested parties, to adopt regulations for the supervision of each board or commission that is composed of individuals participating in the occupation or profession regulated by the unit in order to prevent anticompetitive actions and to determine whether the actions further a clearly articulated State policy to displace competition; requiring the Office to establish a specified process; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Returned Passed (4/6)

Position:
Support as Amended

Comment:
This bill is the result of discussions between the Attorney General's office and all the health occupation boards, in response to a court ruling last year.

 

SB 517 (HB 628)

Sen. Craig Zucker et al.

Secretaries of Principal Departments - Supervision and Review of Decisions and Actions by Units Within Departments

synopsis same as CF HB 628

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Returned Passed (4/5)

Position:
Support as Amended

Comment:

 

HB 668

Del. Susan Krebs et al.

Health Occupations Boards - Regulations and Policy Interpretations - Notice and Public Meeting Requirements

Requiring specified health occupations boards to comply with specified provisions of the Act before submitting a proposed regulation to the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review or adopting a new policy interpretation of an existing regulation; providing that the Act does not apply to emergency regulations; requiring each health occupations board to send a proposed regulation or new policy interpretation to each licensee or certificate holder of the board by specified means and to a specified address; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 2/22 at 1:00 p.m. (2/3)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1471

Del. Susan Krebs

Business Occupations and Professions and Health Occupations - Regulation of Occupational Boards

Requiring the Office of Policy Analysis in the Department of Legislative Services to include in analyses of legislation that may lead to the adoption of a regulation by an occupational board a specified review and information; specifying a policy of the State; specifying an intent of the State; establishing an Office of Supervision of Occupational Boards in the Executive Branch of State government; specifying the purpose of the Office; etc.

Committees:
Economic Matters; Health and Government Operations

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters; Withdrawn (3/14)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1474

Del. Susan Krebs

Office of Health Occupations

Establishing the Office of Health Occupations in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; transferring the State Commission on Kidney Disease and the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission to the Office; renaming the State Commission on Kidney Disease to be the State Board on Kidney Disease; renaming the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission to be the Natalie M. LaPrade State Board on Medical Cannabis; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 3/08 at 1:00 p.m. (2/15)

Position:


Comment:

 

 

SWUR

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 1362 (SB 835)

Del. Marice Morales et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2014: HB 29 -

Criminal Procedure - Immigration - Community Trust

Providing that an official of State government or a local government is immune from criminal and civil liability for refusing to provide information to the federal government or another state that will be used for specified purposes; stating it is the intent of the General Assembly to maintain community trust in Maryland governmental operations and law enforcement by clarifying the parameters of State and local participation in federal immigration enforcement efforts; requiring the Attorney General to develop specified policies; etc.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
First Reading Judicial Proceedings (3/21)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

SB 835 (HB 1362)

Sen. Victor Ramirez et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2014: SB 554 -

Maryland Law Enforcement and Governmental Trust Act

Prohibiting a specified government agent from taking specified actions for immigration enforcement purposes; prohibiting a law enforcement official from stopping, arresting, searching, or detaining an individual for purposes of investigating a suspected immigration violation or inquiring about specified matters; requiring the Attorney General, in consultation with stakeholders, to develop and adopt model policies for a specified purpose; etc.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 2/21 at 1:00 p.m. (2/8)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 1519 (SB 471)

Del. Robbyn Lewis et al.

Morgan State University - Task Force on Reconciliation and Equity

Requiring Morgan State University to convene a task force to foster reconciliation and achieve racial equity by taking specified actions; requiring the task force to include specified members and consult with specified units of State government; requiring the task force to hold hearings at locations throughout the State and invite persons to testify, to study and make recommendations regarding specified matters, and to monitor and evaluate the implementation of specified recommendations using specified criteria; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Appropriations; Withdrawn (3/27)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

SB 471 (HB 1519)

Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2016: SB 869 - Support

Morgan State University - Task Force on Reconciliation and Equity

synopsis same as CF HB 1519

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Hearing 2/16 at 1:00 p.m. (1/30)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

SB 503

Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

Health Occupations Boards - Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

Requiring each health occupations board established under the Health Occupations Article to report an update on the status of specified information campaigns and other outreach efforts designed to educate specified individuals regarding racial and ethnic health disparities to specified committees of the General Assembly on or before January 1, 2018.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Third Reading Passed with Amendments (139-0) (4/4)

Position:


Comment:
Requires each health occupations board to report by January 1, 2018 an update on the status of informational campaigns and other outreach efforts designed to educate individuals regulated by the board on:

  • Reducing and eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities;
  • Improving health literacy;
  • Improving cultural and linguistic competency; and
  • Achieving the goal of racial and ethnic health equity.

 

SB 594

Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam et al.

Baltimore City and Baltimore County - Police Behavioral Health Units - Training Requirements

Requiring a specified training program for officers of police behavioral health units in the Baltimore City Police Department and the Baltimore County Police Department to consist of a minimum of 60 hours of instruction.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 2/21 at 1:00 p.m. (2/8)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Requires Police Behavioral Health Units in Baltimore City and Baltimore County to include a minimum of 60 hours of instruction.

 

 

School SW

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 229 (SB 186)

Del. Brooke Lierman et al.

Environment - Polystyrene Food Service Products and Polystyrene Loose Fill Packaging - Prohibition on Sale

Prohibiting a person from selling in the State specified expanded polystyrene food service products or loose fill packaging on or after January 1, 2018; prohibiting specified food service businesses from selling or providing food in specified expanded polystyrene food service products on or after January 1, 2018; requiring a county health department to impose specified penalties for violations of the Act; requiring a county health department to notify the Department of the Environment specified violations; etc.

Committees:
Economic Matters; Environment and Transportation

Status:
Hearing 2/15 at 1:00 p.m. (Environment and Transportation) (1/25)

Position:
Support

Comment:
These bill as are not moving

 

SB 186 (HB 229)

Sen. Cheryl Kagan et al.

Environment - Polystyrene Food Service Products and Polystyrene Loose Fill Packaging - Prohibition on Sale

Prohibiting a person from selling in the State specified expanded polystyrene food service products or expanded polystyrene loose fill packaging on or after January 1, 2018; prohibiting specified food service businesses from selling or providing food in specified expanded polystyrene food service products on or after January 1, 2018; authorizing a county health department to impose specified penalties for violations of the Act; requiring a county health department to notify the Department of specified violations; etc.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; Finance

Status:
Hearing 1/31 at 1:00 p.m. (Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs) (1/18)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

HB 331 (SB 786)

Del. Eric Luedtke et al.

Education - Behavior Intervention Plans - Physical Restraint and Seclusion

Prohibiting a public agency and a nonpublic school from using physical restraint except under specified circumstances; prohibiting a public agency and a nonpublic school from using seclusion except under specified circumstances; requiring a public agency or a nonpublic school that uses seclusion to take specified actions; requiring schools to report to the State Department of Education on or before December 1 each year specified information relating to physical restraint and seclusion incidents; etc.

Committees:
Ways and Means

Status:
Hearing 2/14 at 1:00 p.m. (2/1)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
Creates new requirements prohibiting the use of physical restraint and seclusion by a public agency or nonpublic school unless it is necessary to protect a student or another individual from imminent serious physical harm and other less intrusive, nonphysical interventions have been demonstrated by empirical evidence to be ineffective.

 

SB 786 (HB 331)

Sen. Craig Zucker et al.

Education - Restraint and Seclusion - Consideration and Reporting

Requiring the State Superintendent of Schools to convene a task force to consider the circumstances under which, and the schools or types of schools in which, restraint and seclusion shall be prohibited and to consider contraindications for restraint and seclusion and who may authorize restraint and seclusion; providing for the composition of the task force; requiring the task force to review existing regulations concerning seclusion and to make specified recommendations to the State Board and the General Assembly by October 1, 2017; etc.

Committees:
Ways and Means

Status:
Third Reading Passed (139-0) (4/8)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

The bill requires MSDE to convene a task force to examine policies and practices related to behavioral interventions in schools, including the use of restraint, seclusion, and trauma-informed interventions

HB 425 (SB 651)

Del. Brooke Lierman et al.

Public Schools - Suspensions and Expulsions

Prohibiting the suspension or expulsion of prekindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, or second grade students from public schools except if required by federal law; prohibiting the suspension of specified students for a specified time peiod except under specified circumstances; requiring the principal or school administration to contact a student's parent or guardian; etc.

Committees:
Ways and Means

Status:
Passed Enrolled (4/8)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
As amended, the bill specifies limited circumstances in which children in pre-k through 2nd grade can be suspended or expelled

 

SB 651 (HB 425)

Sen. William Smith et al.

Public Schools - Suspensions and Expulsions

Prohibiting the suspension or expulsion of prekindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, or second grade students from public schools with specified exceptions for an expulsion required by federal law or a suspension for not more than 5 school days under specified circumstances; requiring the principal or school administration to contact a student's parent or guardian under specified circumstances; etc.

Committees:
Ways and Means

Status:
Third Reading Passed (94-44) (4/8)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 786

Del. Angela Angel et al.

Education - Individualized or Group Behavioral Counseling Services - Establishment

Requiring the State Department of Education, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, to recommend best practices for county boards of education to provide to students specified needs assessments and specified behavioral health counseling services; and prohibiting specified insurance policies or contracts issued or delivered in the State from denying a covered medically necessary behavioral health care service to a student under specified circumstances.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Second Reading Passed with Amendments (4/6)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 1222

Del. Alonzo Washington et al.

Maryland School Discipline Reform Act

Requiring each county board of education to adopt the Maryland Guidelines for a State Code of Discipline as the code of discipline for the local school system; requiring the State Department of Education to disaggregate data in any student discipline data report in a specified manner; requiring the Department to collect data on alternative school discipline practices; requiring the Department to implement standardized training practices on student discipline for all public school security personnel on or before July 1, 2018; etc.

Committees:
Ways and Means

Status:
Hearing 2/28 at 1:00 p.m. (2/14)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 1240

Del. Anne Kaiser et al.

Individualized Education Programs - Burden of Proof in Due Process Hearings and Studies

Requiring specified complaining parties to bear a specified burden of proof in due process hearings that are held to resolve a dispute relating to the provision of a free appropriate public education to children with disabilities; providing a specified exception; requiring the State Department of Education, in consultation with each local school system, to study and make recommendations regarding specified matters and to report those findings to the General Assembly on or before July 1, 2019; etc.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Hearing 4/05 at 1:00 p.m. (3/29)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

The bill specifies which party has the burden of proof under specified circumstances and requires a study of the IEP process in the State

 

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