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2019 MGA Final Bill Chart –4/25/19

Aging

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 251 (SB 279)

Del. Terri Hill et al.

Department of Aging - Grants for Aging-in-Place Programs (Nonprofits for our Aging Neighbors Act - "NANA")

 

Authorizing the Department of Aging to make grants to certain nonprofit organizations and area agencies on aging to expand and establish certain aging-in- place programs for seniors; requiring the Department to publicize the availability of the grants at least 6 weeks before the applications are due; establishing a requirement for an equal match for certain funds; requiring the Department to notify an area agency on aging within 2 weeks after a grant award is made to a nonprofit located within the agency's jurisdiction; etc.

Committees:

Health and Government Operations

 

Status:

Passed

Position:

Support

 

Comment:

As passed, permits the Department of Aging to provide grants to nonprofit organizations and local Area Agencies on Aging to expand and create aging-in-pace programs for senior.

SB 279 (HB 251)

Sen. Brian Feldman et al.

Department of Aging - Grants for Aging-in-Place Programs (Nonprofits for our Aging Neighbors Act - "NANA")

Committees: Finance

 

Status:

Passed

Position: Support

 

Comment:

same as crossfile

HB 561

Del. Michele Guyton et al.

Criminal Law - Abuse or Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult

- Psychological Abuse

 

Adding psychological abuse to the definition of "abuse" that applies to the prohibitions on causing certain types of abuse or neglect to a vulnerable adult.

Committees: Judiciary

 

Status: Withdrawn

Position: Monitor

 

Comment:


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 592 (SB 669)

The Speaker et al.

Health Care Facilities - Comprehensive and Extended Care Facilities - Discharges and Transfers

 

Altering the basic rights afforded to each resident of a comprehensive care facility and an extended care facility; requiring certain individuals to pursue certain assistance from the medical assistance program in a certain manner; requiring a facility to provide a certain written notice as soon as practicable before discharge or transfer under certain circumstances; requiring a facility, under certain provisions of law, to provide at least a 3-day supply of medications needed by the resident at the time of discharge or transfer; etc.

Committees:

Health and Government Operations

 

Status:

Passed

Position:

Support

 

Comment:

As passed, the bill alters requirements related to the discharge or transfer of a resident from a comprehensive or extended care facility.

The bill (1) specifies additional resident rights;

(2) expands the required contents of a discharge or transfer form; (3) requires the development of a post discharge plan; and (4) places additional restrictions on the discharge of a resident without informed consent.

SB 669 (HB 592)

President et al.

Health Care Facilities - Comprehensive and Extended Care Facilities - Discharges and Transfers

Committees: Finance

 

Status:

House version passed

Position: Support

 

Comment:

HB 832 (SB 699)

Del. Joseline Pena- Melnyk et al.

Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Home- and Community-Based Waiver Services - Prohibition on Denial

Committees:

 

 

Status:

Senate version passed

Position: Monitor

 

Comment:

SB 699 (HB 832)

Sen. Delores Kelley et al.

Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Home- and Community-Based Waiver Services - Prohibition on Denial

 

Prohibiting the Maryland Department of Health from denying an individual access to a home- and community-based services waiver due to a lack of funding for waiver services if the individual is living at home or in the community at a certain time, received certain services, will be or has been terminated from the Maryland Medical Assistance Program due to certain entitlement or enrollment, meets certain

eligibility criteria, and certain services received by the

Committees: Finance

 

Status:

Passed

Position:

Monitor

 

Comment:

As passed, the bill prohibits MDH from denying an individual access to a Medicaid home and community-based services waiver due to lack of funding for the waiver if (1) the individual is living at home or in the community at the time of application; (2) the individual received home and community- based services through Community First

Choice for at least 30 consecutive days; (3) the


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

 

individual would qualify for certain funds.

 

individual will be or has been terminated from Medicaid due to becoming eligible for or enrolled in Medicare; (4) the individual meets all of the eligibility criteria for participation in the waiver within six months after the completion of the application; and (5) the home and community-based services provided for the individual would qualify for federal matching funds.

HB 1009 (SB 700)

Del. Bonnie Cullison et al.

Home- and Community-Based Services Waivers - Alterations (Laurie's Law)

 

Repealing the initial cap on participation in a certain waiver; requiring a certain waiver submitted by the Maryland Department of Health to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to include a request for a cap on waiver participation that is set at no less than a certain percentage of the projected annual demand for certain services; requiring the Department to screen individuals who are eligible to receive certain services as soon as possible after the Department receives certain notification; etc.

Committees:

Health and Government Operations

 

Status:

Died in Committee without a vote

Position: Monitor

 

Comment:

SB 700 (HB 1009)

Sen. Delores Kelley et al.

Home- and Community-Based Services Waivers - Alterations (Laurie's Law)

Committees:

Budget and Taxation

 

Status:

Passed out of Finance and then re-referred to B&T due to large fiscal note

Position: Monitor

 

Comment:

HB 1270

Del. Shelly Hettleman

Maryland Elder Abuse Victims Resources Committee

 

Establishing the Maryland Elder Abuse Victims Resources Committee; declaring the policy of the General Assembly; providing for the composition, chair, officers, and staffing for the Committee;

Committees: Judiciary

 

Status:

Died in Committee without a vote

Position: Support

 

Comment:


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

 

providing for the terms, vacancies, and removal of members of the Committee; establishing quorum and meeting requirements for the Committee; prohibiting a member of the Committee from receiving certain compensation, but authorizing the reimbursement of certain expenses; etc.

 

 

SB 1027

Sen. Katherine Klausmeier et al.

Criminal Law - Abuse and Neglect of Vulnerable Adults

- Notice of Report

 

Requiring a copy of a report of alleged abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult made to a State or local unit to be provided by the State or local unit to the individual alleged to have committed the abuse or neglect via certified mail or some other means reasonably calculated to provide actual notice.

Committees:

Judicial Proceedings

 

Status:

Died in Committee without a vote

Position:

Oppose

 

Comment:

This bill was introduced at the request of a constituent.

 

 

Behavioral Health

 

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 77 (SB 395)

Del. David Moon et al.

Criminal Law - Decriminalization of Attempted Suicide

 

Providing that attempted suicide is not a crime in the State; providing that the Act may not be construed to prohibit a person who commits one or more crimes in the course of attempting to commit suicide from being charged with the other crime or crimes; etc.

Committees: Judiciary

 

Status:

Passed

Position:

Support

 

Comment:

As passed, the bill states that attempted suicide is not a crime in Maryland and clarifies that if another crime was committed while attempting suicide, charges for the other crimes can be made.

SB 395 (HB 77)

Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher et al.

Criminal Law - Decriminalization of Attempted Suicide

Committees:

Rules and Executive Nominations

 

Status:

House version passed

Position: Support

 

Comment:


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 139 (SB 135)

Del. Joseline Pena- Melnyk et al.

Public Health - Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Site Program

 

Authorizing the establishment of an Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Site Program by a community-based organization to provide a place for the consumption of preobtained drugs, provide sterile needles, administer first aid, and provide certain other services; providing the Maryland Department of Health may approve no more than 6 programs to operate in a single location in an area of high incidence drug use; requiring each program to submit a certain report to certain legislative committees by December 1 of each year; etc.

Committees:

Health and Government Operations

 

Status: Withdrawn

Position:

Support

 

Comment:

The sponsor indicated interest in examining the issue during the interim.

SB 135 (HB 139)

Sen. Brian Feldman et al.

Public Health - Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Site Program

Committees: Finance

 

Status: Withdrawn

Position: Support

 

Comment:

HB 599 (SB 631)

Del. Ariana Kelly et al.

Health Insurance - Coverage for Mental Health Benefits and Substance Use Disorder Benefits - Treatment Criteria

 

Requiring an insurer, nonprofit health service plan, or health maintenance organization to use the most recent treatment criteria developed by the American Society of Addiction Medicine for addictive, substance-related, and co-occurring conditions for all medical necessity and utilization management determinations for substance use disorder benefits; applying the Act to all policies, contracts, and health benefit plans issued, delivered, or renewed in the State on or after January 1, 2020; etc.

Committees:

Health and Government Operations

 

Status:

Passed

Position:

Monitor

 

Comment:

As passed, the bill requires commercial carriers to use ASAM criteria in medical necessity determinations.


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

SB 631 (HB 599)

Sen. Malcolm Augustine

Health Insurance - Coverage for Mental Health Benefits and Substance Use Disorder Benefits - Treatment Criteria

Committees: Finance

 

Status:

Passed

Position: Monitor

 

Comment:

same as crossfile

HB 837 (SB 761)

Del. Sheree Sample- Hughes et al.

Health Insurance - Payments to Noncontracting Specialists and Noncontracting Nonphysician Specialists

 

Requiring a carrier to inform members and beneficiaries of the procedure to request a certain referral to certain noncontracting health care providers; requiring, under certain circumstances, certain insurers, nonprofit health service plans, and health maintenance organizations to pay a certain amount for certain services provided to a member by certain noncontracting healthcare providers when a referral is granted to the member; etc.

Committees:

Health and Government Operations

 

Status:

Died in Committee without a vote

Position:

Monitor

 

Comment:

This was one of the Parity at 10 Coalition bills that would have incentivized insurance carriers to expand their networks. The Coalition will continue to work with the bill sponsor on the issue of network adequacy.

SB 761 (HB 837)

Sen. Katherine Klausmeier

Health Insurance - Payments to Noncontracting Specialists and Noncontracting Nonphysician Specialists

Committees:

Finance

 

Status:

Died in Committee without a vote

Position: Monitor

 

Comment:

HB 846 (SB 482)

Del. Robbyn Lewis et al.

Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Managed Care Organizations - Behavioral Health Services

 

Requiring the Maryland Department of Health, subject to certain limitations, to provide reimbursement for certain medically necessary and appropriate behavioral health services to managed care organizations; requiring managed care organizations, rather than a certain delivery system, to provide certain health services beginning January 1, 2021;

requiring the Secretary of Health to include in certain

Committees:

Health and Government Operations

 

Status: Withdrawn

Position:

Monitor

 

Comment:

Would have ended the existing behavioral health carve-out under Maryland Medicaid by carving in behavioral health services, including specialty mental health services, under the managed care organizations to begin by January 1, 2021. There will be a letter from

the legislature directing MDH to create a


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

 

capitation payments funding for community provider rates; etc.

 

process to examine the larger issues of how to better coordinate behavioral health and somatic care and how to finance the system.

SB 482 (HB 846)

Sen. Delores Kelley et al.

Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Managed Care Organizations - Behavioral Health Services

Committees: Finance

 

Status: Withdrawn

Position: Monitor

 

Comment:

HB 938 (SB 975)

Del. Samuel Rosenberg

Behavioral Health Transformation Act of 2019

 

Requiring the Maryland Department of Health to establish a delivery system for certain specialty behavioral health services, rather than for only specialty mental health services, for enrollees of managed care organizations; requiring the delivery system to assume certain financial risk; requiring the delivery system to provide certain services to certain individuals; requiring the delivery system to reimburse certain providers and collect certain data; etc.

Committees:

Health and Government Operations

 

Status: Withdrawn

Position:

Monitor

 

Comment:

The bill would have changed the current Public Behavioral Health System from one that flows through an Administrative Services Organization to a Managed Behavioral Health Organization.

SB 975 (HB 938)

Sen. Antonio Hayes

Behavioral Health Transformation Act of 2019

Committees: Finance

 

Status: Withdrawn

Position: Monitor

 

Comment:

 

 

CY&F

 

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 11 (SB 452)

Del. Charles Sydnor et al.

 

Prior Yr Info: 2018: HB 555 -

Juveniles Charged as Adults - Confidentiality of Records

 

Establishing that, pending a determination by a court exercising criminal jurisdiction in a case involving a child whether to transfer its jurisdiction to the juvenile

court, provisions of law relating to the confidentiality

Committees: Judiciary

 

Status:

Died in Conference Committee

Position:

Support

 

Comment:

There were differences in how the House and Senate passed the bills and time ran out

before a decision was made in the conference


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

 

of juvenile records apply to all police records and court records concerning the child from the time of the child's arrest until a certain event occurs; establishing that, if a case is transferred to the juvenile court, certain provisions of law relating to

confidentiality of juvenile records continue to apply; etc.

 

committee.

SB 452 (HB 11)

Sen. Jill Carter et al.

 

Prior Yr Info: 2018: SB 257 -

Juveniles Charged as Adults - Confidentiality of Records

Committees: Judiciary

 

Status:

Died in Conference Committee

Position: Support

 

Comment:

same as crossfile

HB 142

Del. Mike McKay

 

Prior Yr Info: 2018: HB 1271 -

Family Law - Opioid-Exposed Newborns and Parents Addicted to Opioids - Mobile Application (I'm Alive Today App)

 

Requiring a local department of social services, if appropriate, to monitor an opioid-exposed newborn through a certain mobile application under certain circumstances; requiring a local department to assess the risk of harm to and safety of an opioid-exposed newborn; requiring the Social Services Administration to develop a mobile application to be used by parents who have a certain opioid addiction to check in periodically and to alert the local department if a parent fails to do so; etc.

Committees:

Health and Government Operations

 

Status: Withdrawn

Position: Oppose

 

Comment:

HB 486 (SB 541)

Del. C. Wilson et al.

Education - Personnel Matters - Child Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct Prevention

 

Requiring county boards of education, nonpublic schools, and contracting agencies to require an applicant for a position involving direct contact with minors to submit certain information; requiring a county board, nonpublic school, or contracting agency to review the employment history of a certain

Committees: Ways and Means

 

Status:

Passed

Position:

Support

 

Comment:

NASW signed on to a letter of support.


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

 

applicant before hiring an applicant; requiring the county board, nonpublic school, or contracting agency to check certain eligibility of an applicant for a substitute position involving direct contact with minors; etc.

 

 

SB 541 (HB 486)

Sen. Clarence Lam et al.

 

Prior Yr Info: 2018: HB 1571 -

Education - Personnel Matters - Child Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct Prevention

Committees: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

 

Status:

Passed

Position: Support

 

Comment:

same as crossfile

HB 520 (SB 406)

Del. Brooke Lierman et al.

Prenatal and Infant Care Coordination - Grant Funding and Task Force

 

Requiring the Governor to include $100,000 in the annual budget beginning in fiscal year 2021 for the Maryland Prenatal and Infant Care Coordination Services Grant Program Fund; establishing the Task Force on Maryland Maternal and Child Health; requiring the Task Force to study and make recommendations, including programs that the Maryland Medical Assistance Program should implement; requiring the Task Force to report its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly on or before November 1, 2019; etc.

Committees: Appropriations; Health and Government Operations

 

Status:

Passed

Position:

Support

 

Comment:

As passed, the bill increases the amount of funds that must be included in the annual state budget for the Maryland Prenatal and Infant Care Coordination Services Grant Program fund from $50,000 to $100,000 beginning in fiscal year 2021. It also creates a Task Force on Maryland Maternal and Child Health.

SB 406 (HB 520)

Sen. Bill Ferguson et al.

Prenatal and Infant Care Coordination - Grant Funding and Task Force

Committees: Finance

 

Status:

Passed

Position: Support

 

Comment:

same as crossfile

HB 687

Del. C. Wilson et al.

Civil Actions - Child Sexual Abuse - Definition and Statute of Limitations (Hidden Predator Act of 2019)

 

Altering the definition of "sexual abuse"; altering the

Committees: Judicial Proceedings

 

Status:

Position:

 

 

Comment:


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

 

statute of limitations in certain civil actions relating to child sexual abuse by providing a certain action may be filed at any time; and providing for the retroactive application of the Act to revive any action that was barred by the application of the period of limitations applicable before October 1, 2019, if the action is filed before October 1, 2021.

Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings

 

HB 787 (SB 568)

Del. Vanessa Atterbeary et al.

Crimes - Child Abuse and Neglect - Failure to Report

 

Establishing that persons who are required to provide notice of suspected child abuse or neglect of a child or make a written report of suspected child abuse or neglect may not knowingly fail to provide the required notice or make the written report if the person has actual knowledge of the abuse or neglect; establishing that a violation of the Act is a misdemeanor; providing certain penalties; and applying the Act only to a failure to report child abuse or neglect that occurs during the time the child is a minor.

Committees: Judiciary

 

Status:

Passed

Position:

Support with Amendment

 

Comment:

As passed, the bill applies a criminal penalty to a mandatory reporter who fails to report when they have actual knowledge and the child is minor at the time. The penalty would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to 3 years in prison and/or up to a $10,000 fine.

SB 568 (HB 787)

Sen. Susan Lee

Crimes - Child Abuse and Neglect - Failure to Report

Committees: Judicial Proceedings

 

Status:

Passed

Position:

Support with Amendment

 

Comment:

same as crossfile

HB 855 (SB 231)

Del. Vanessa Atterbeary et al.

 

Prior Yr Info: 2018: HB 191 -

2017: HB 799 -

2016: HB 911 –

Family Law - Marriage - Age Requirements

 

Repealing provisions allowing individuals under the age of majority to marry under certain circumstances; and establishing that individuals under the age of 18 may not marry.

Committees: Judiciary

 

Status:

Died in Committee without a vote

Position: Monitor

 

Comment:


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

SB 231 (HB 855)

Sen. Bobby Zirkin

 

Prior Yr Info: 2018: SB 670 -

2017: HB 799 -

2016: HB 911 -

Family Law - Marriage - Age Requirements

 

Repealing certain provisions allowing certain individuals under the age of majority to marry under certain circumstances; and establishing that individuals under the age of 18 may not marry.

Committees: Judicial Proceedings

 

Status: Withdrawn

Position: Monitor

 

Comment:

HB 911 (SB 930)

Del. Carol Krimm et al.

Workgroup to Study Shelter and Supportive Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Minors

 

Establishing the Workgroup to Study Shelter and Supportive Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Minors; requiring the Senate Chair and House Chair of the Joint Committee on Ending Homelessness to serve as cochairs of the Workgroup; requiring the Workgroup to identify and compile information on unaccompanied homeless minors and make recommendations regarding policy initiatives to address their needs to include funding requirements; and requiring the Workgroup to report its findings to the Governor and General Assembly by December 1, 2019.

Committees: Judiciary

 

Status:

Passed

Position:

Support

 

Comment:

As passed, the bill creates a Workgroup to Study Shelter and Supportive Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Minors with a report due by the end of the year.

SB 930 (HB 911)

Sen. Mary Washington et al.

Workgroup to Study Shelter and Supportive Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Minors

Committees: Judiciary

 

Status:

House version passed

Position: Support

 

Comment:

HB 1007 (SB 739)

Del. Emily Shetty et al.

Child Advocacy Centers - Expansion

 

Requiring the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention to ensure that every child in the State has access to a child advocacy center; requiring the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention to contract with an organization that meets certain requirements to establish a Maryland Statewide

Organization for Child Advocacy Centers; requiring the

Committees: Appropriations

 

Status:

Passed

Position: Support

 

Comment:


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

 

money for child advocacy centers to be distributed in a certain manner and to be used to supplement, not supplant, funds for the program from other sources; etc.

 

 

SB 739 (HB 1007)

Sen. Susan Lee et al.

Child Advocacy Centers - Expansion

Committees: Judicial Proceedings

 

Status:

Passed

Position: Support

 

Comment:

HB 1069

Del. Mary Lisanti et al.

Child Abuse and Neglect - Required Reporting

 

Establishing that certain persons who are required to provide certain notice or make certain reports of suspected child abuse or neglect may not intentionally fail to provide the notice or make the report; providing certain penalties for a violation of the Act; adding a certain minister of the gospel, clergyman, or priest to a list of individuals who are required to provide certain notice and make a certain report of suspected child abuse or neglect, subject to a certain exception; etc.

Committees: Judiciary

 

Status: Withdrawn

Position: Comment:

HB 1152

Del. Dan Cox et al.

Interstate Human Trafficking of Minors Prohibition Act

 

Establishing that certain persons who are required to provide certain notice or make certain reports of suspected child pregnancy as required by the Act may not knowingly fail to give the notice or make the report; providing certain penalties for a violation of a certain provision of the Act; prohibiting a person from bringing or causing another to bring a minor into the State to commit certain violations of the law prohibiting human trafficking; etc.

Committees: Judiciary

 

Status:

Died in Committee without a vote

Position:

Oppose

 

Comment:

Kate wrote testimony and testified in person.


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 1198

Del. Dan Cox

Human Trafficking - Required Posting

 

Requiring a clerk of the court to prominently post the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline information sign in public information areas of each courthouse.

Committees: Judiciary

 

Status:

Passed

Position: Monitor

 

Comment:

HB 1212 (SB 24)

Del. Susan McComas et al.

Family Law - Kinship Caregivers

 

Authorizing a local department of social services to place a child for a certain initial placement with a kinship caregiver as an alternative to foster care under certain circumstances; authorizing a local department to place a child with a kinship caregiver if a kinship caregiver is located subsequent to the placement of the child in a foster care setting; specifying that a kinship caregiver may not be under 21 years of age; authorizing a local department to approve an individual as a kinship caregiver under certain circumstances; etc.

Committees: Judiciary

 

Status:

Passed

Position:

Support

 

Comment:

As passed, this departmental bill expands the kinship care program within DHS by allowing individuals who have specified relationships with a child to serve as a “kinship caregiver.”

SB 24 (HB 1212)

Chair, Judicial Proceedings Committee et al.

Family Law - Kinship Caregivers

Committees: Judicial Proceedings

 

Status:

Passed

Position:

Support

 

Comment:

Oral and written testimony was submitted.

HB 1252

Del. Susan McComas et al.

 

Prior Yr Info: 2018: HB 600 -

Monitor

2017: HB 1198 -

Child Abuse and Neglect - Training of Health Care Professionals

 

Requiring the Maryland Department of Health to provide certain boards with a list of certain generally recommended courses relating to the obligation to report child abuse and neglect and the identification of abused and neglected children; and requiring certain boards to post certain information prominently on each board's website, provide

information about certain recommended courses to

Committees:

Judicial Proceedings

 

Status:

Passed the House and died in JPR without a vote

Position: Comment:


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

 

certain health care professionals at a certain time, or advertise the availability of certain recommended courses in certain media.

 

 

 

 

Forensics

 

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 11 (SB 452)

Del. Charles Sydnor et al.

 

Prior Yr Info: 2018: HB 555 -

Juveniles Charged as Adults - Confidentiality of Records

 

Establishing that, pending a determination by a court exercising criminal jurisdiction in a case involving a child whether to transfer its jurisdiction to the juvenile court, provisions of law relating to the confidentiality of juvenile records apply to all police records and court records concerning the child from the time of the child's arrest until a certain event occurs; establishing that, if a case is transferred to the juvenile court, certain provisions of law relating to confidentiality of juvenile records continue to apply;

etc.

Committees: Judiciary

 

Status:

Died in Conference Committee

Position:

Support

 

Comment:

There were differences in how the House and Senate passed the bills and time ran out before a decision was made in the conference committee.

SB 452 (HB 11)

Sen. Jill Carter et al.

 

Prior Yr Info: 2018: SB 257 -

Juveniles Charged as Adults - Confidentiality of Records

Committees: Judiciary

 

Status:

Died in Conference Committee

Position: Support

 

Comment:

same as crossfile

 

Misc

 

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 100 (SB 125)

The Speaker et al.

Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2020)

 

Making the proposed appropriations contained in the State Budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020,

Committees: Appropriations

 

Status:

Position: Monitor

 

Comment:


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

 

in accordance with Article III, Section 52 of the Maryland Constitution; etc.

Passed

 

HB 166 (SB 280)

Del. Diana Fennell et al.

Labor and Employment - Payment of Wages - Minimum Wage (Fight for Fifteen)

 

Specifying the State minimum wage rate that is in effect for certain time periods and for certain employers except under certain circumstances; authorizing the Board of Public Works to temporarily suspend an increase to the minimum wage rate if the seasonally adjusted total employment is negative, subject to certain limitations; requiring the Governor's proposed budget for certain fiscal years to include certain rate increases for certain community service providers over the funding provided in certain legislative appropriations; etc.

Committees:

Finance

 

Status:

Gubernatorial Veto Override - Chapter 10

Position:

Support

 

Comment:

The $15 wage threshold will be met by January 1, 2025 for companies with 15 or more workers; by July 1, 2026 for smaller companies. There was no tying future increases to any index, and there remain some exemptions. Medicaid providers will see annual rate increases as well.

SB 280 (HB 166)

Sen. Cory McCray et al.

Labor and Employment - Payment of Wages - Minimum Wage (Fight for Fifteen)

Committees: Economic Matters

 

Status:

Gubernatorial Veto Override - Chapter 11

Position: Support

 

Comment:

same as crossfile

HB 745 (SB 809)

Del. Wanika Fisher et al.

Correctional Facilities - Restrictive Housing - Pregnant Inmates

Committees: Judicial Proceedings

 

Status:

Senate version passed

Position: Support

 

Comment:

SB 809 (HB 745)

Sen. Susan Lee et al.

Correctional Facilities - Restrictive Housing - Pregnant Inmates

 

Requiring each correctional facility to have a written policy in place regarding the medical care of pregnant inmates that addresses the use of medical isolation or restrictive housing for certain purposes, during

Committees: Judicial Proceedings

 

Status:

Passed

Position:

Support

 

Comment:

As passed, the bill prohibits the involuntary placement of a pregnant inmate in restrictive housing and sets forth requirements for the


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

 

pregnancy and during a certain post-pregnancy period; establishing that a pregnant inmate may not be involuntarily placed in certain restrictive housing, with certain exceptions; providing that a certain pregnant inmate may be placed in certain restrictive housing if a certain managing official makes a certain determination; etc.

 

exceptions when a pregnant inmate is placed in restrictive housing. The bill requires each correctional facility to have a written policy in place regarding the medical care of pregnant women that addresses the use of involuntary medical isolation or restrictive housing for administrative, protective, or disciplinary purposes during pregnancy and eight weeks during the postpartum or post-pregnancy recovery period. No reporting requirements were included.

HB 1001 (SB 774)

Del. Jazz Lewis et al.

Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Reporting by Correctional Units and Requirements Relating to Minors

 

Expanding the entities required to submit a certain report relating to restrictive housing; requiring the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention to compile and summarize certain information from each correctional unit in a report to the General Assembly; prohibiting a correctional unit from placing a minor in restrictive housing unless there is clear and convincing evidence that certain conditions exist; requiring that a minor in restrictive housing be provided certain conditions and privileges; etc.

Committees: Judiciary

 

Status:

Passed

Position:

Support

 

Comment:

As passed, the bill prohibits a correctional unit from placing a minor in restrictive housing, with specified exceptions. There are also expanded reporting requirements about the practice.

SB 774 (HB 1001)

Sen. William Smith et al.

Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Reporting by Correctional Units and Requirements Relating to Minors

Committees: Judicial Proceedings

 

Status:

Passed

Position: Support

 

Comment:

same as crossfile

HB 1002

Del. Jazz Lewis et al.

Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Direct Release

 

Prohibiting the Commissioner of Correction from prohibiting an inmate placed in restrictive housing

Committees: Judicial Proceedings

 

Status:

Passed the House and then

Position: Monitor

 

Comment:


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

 

from having access to a transitional coordinator or case manager within 180 days before the direct release of the inmate from a correctional facility to the community.

was amended by JPR but time ran out before final action

 

HB 1029

Del. Jazz Lewis et al.

Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Limitations (Restrictive Housing Reform Act of 2019)

 

Requiring the managing official of a correctional facility to ensure that each inmate in restrictive housing receives a certain notice and is provided a certain review process, appeal information, and copies of certain documents, files, and records under certain circumstances; requiring that an inmate be provided with a certain evaluation, techniques, and opportunities prior to placement in restrictive housing; providing for levels of sanctions for certain infractions by an inmate; etc.

Committees: Judiciary

 

Status:

Died in Committee without a vote

Position: Monitor

 

Comment:

HB 1068 (SB 831)

Del. Samuel Rosenberg

Landlord Tenant - Repossession for Failure to Pay Rent

- Lead Risk Reduction Compliance

 

Requiring an action for repossession for failure to pay rent to contain certain statements on whether the property is registered or licensed under local law and is an affected property under certain lead-based paint abatement laws; authorizing a court to adjourn a certain trial to enable either party to obtain documents or certain other proof under certain circumstances; repealing a certain prohibition against raising as an issue of fact a landlord's compliance with certain lead-based paint abatement laws; etc.

Committees: Environment and Transportation

 

Status:

Died in Committee without a vote

Position: Support

 

Comment:

SB 831 (HB 1068)

Sen. Jill Carter

Landlord and Tenant - Repossession for Failure to Pay Rent - Procedure for Lead-Affected Property

Committees:

Judicial Proceedings

 

Status:

Died in Committee without a

Position: Support

 

Comment:


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

 

 

vote

 

HB 1407 (SB 1040)

Chair, Appropriations Committee

Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2019

 

Authorizing, altering, or requiring the distribution of certain revenue; specifying that the requirement to waive a certain fee for the filing of certain documents by certain business entities shall begin in fiscal year 2022; altering the cap for fiscal year 2020 from 0.5% to 0.225% on a certain adjustment to a revenue estimate relating to nonwithholding income tax revenues; requiring the budget books to include supporting data and the results of certain calculations used to calculate certain State education aid; etc.

Committees: Appropriations

 

Status:

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(b) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 16

Position:

Monitor

 

Comment:

Companion bill to the budget.

 

 

Private Practice

 

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 38 (SB 328)

Del. Julie Carr

 

Prior Yr Info: 2017: HB 506 -

2016: HB 1440 -

2015: HB 946 -

Labor and Employment - Noncompete and Conflict of Interest Clauses

Committees: Economic Matters

 

Status:

Senate version passed

Position: Monitor

 

Comment:

SB 328 (HB 38)

Sen. William Smith et al.

 

Prior Yr Info: 2017: SB 468 -

Labor and Employment - Noncompete and Conflict of Interest Clauses

 

Providing that certain noncompete and conflict of interest provisions that restrict the ability of an employee to enter into employment with a new employer or to become self-employed in the same or similar business or trade are null and void as being against the public policy of the State; providing the Act does not apply to an employment contract or similar document or agreement with respect to the taking or

use of a client list or other proprietary client-related

Committees: Finance

 

Status:

Passed

Position:

Monitor

 

Comment:

As passed, the bill prohibits non-compete and conflict of interest clauses in contracts where employees are paid less than $15 an hour or

$31,200 a year. The bill was amended to exempt the taking or use of a client list or other proprietary client-related information.


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

 

information; etc.

 

 

HB 787 (SB 568)

Del. Vanessa Atterbeary et al.

Crimes - Child Abuse and Neglect - Failure to Report

 

Establishing that persons who are required to provide notice of suspected child abuse or neglect of a child or make a written report of suspected child abuse or neglect may not knowingly fail to provide the required notice or make the written report if the person has actual knowledge of the abuse or neglect; establishing that a violation of the Act is a misdemeanor; providing certain penalties; and applying the Act only to a failure to report child abuse or neglect that occurs during the time the child is a minor.

Committees: Judiciary

 

Status:

Passed

Position:

Support with Amendment

 

Comment:

As passed, the bill applies a criminal penalty to a mandatory reporter who fails to report when they have actual knowledge and the child is minor at the time. The penalty would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to 3 years in prison and/or up to a $10,000 fine.

SB 568 (HB 787)

Sen. Susan Lee

Crimes - Child Abuse and Neglect - Failure to Report

Committees: Judicial Proceedings

 

Status:

Passed

Position:

Support with Amendment

 

Comment:

same as crossfile

HB 837 (SB 761)

Del. Sheree Sample- Hughes et al.

Health Insurance - Payments to Noncontracting Specialists and Noncontracting Nonphysician Specialists

Committees:

Health and Government Operations

 

Status:

Died in Committee without a vote

Position:

Monitor

 

Comment:

This was one of the Parity at 10 Coalition bills that would have incentivized insurance carriers to expand their networks. The Coalition will continue to work with the bill sponsor on the issue of network adequacy.

SB 761 (HB 837)

Sen. Katherine Klausmeier

Health Insurance - Payments to Noncontracting Specialists and Noncontracting Nonphysician Specialists

Committees:

Finance

 

Status:

Died in Committee without a vote

Position: Monitor

 

Comment:


Professional

 

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 22

Del. Charles Sydnor

Occupational Licenses or Certificates - Application Determinations - Use of Criminal History

 

Prohibiting certain departments that issue occupational licenses or certificates from denying an application for a license or certificate based solely on an applicant's criminal history if a period of 7 years or more has passed since the applicant's conviction for any crime and the applicant has not been charged with another crime other than a minor traffic violation; etc.

Committees: Economic Matters

 

Status:

Passed

Position:

Monitor

 

Comment:

With the exception of sex offenses, as passed, the bill prohibits a licensing board from

denying an applicant’s license solely on the basis of a conviction where a period of 7 or more years has passed since the completion of the sentence (including parole/probation) and the applicant has not been charged with any other offense. The existing discretion that Health Occupation boards have for approving applicants will continue to exist for applicants where 7 or more year have not passed since a criminal conviction and subsequent sentencing.

HB 829

Del. Jefferson Ghrist et al.

Health Insurance - Provider Panels - Graduate Providers

 

Prohibiting a carrier from rejecting a provider who provides community-based health services for an accredited program solely because the provider is a licensed graduate social worker, licensed master social worker, licensed graduate alcohol and drug counselor, licensed graduate marriage and family therapist, licensed graduate professional art therapist, or licensed graduate professional counselor.

Committees:

Health and Government Operations

 

Status:

Passed

Position:

Monitor

 

Comment:

As passed, prohibits carriers from rejecting an LGSW, LMSW, LGMFT, LGPC, LGADC or LGPAT

from participating on a carrier’s provider panel if they provide services in a community- based behavioral health program required to be accredited and licensed by the State.

HB 1240 (SB 730)

Del. Gabriel Acevero et al.

State Personnel - Merit Pay

 

Requiring the Governor to include a certain appropriation in the Fiscal 2021 budget for merit pay increases for certain permanent employees in the Executive Branch of State government.

Committees:

Budget and Taxation

 

Status:

Passed the House and died in B&T without a vote

Position:

Support

 

Comment:

The bill was amended in a way that no longer pertained to employees in forensic settings.


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

SB 730 (HB 1240)

Sen. Guy Guzzone et al.

State Personnel - Maryland Department of Health - Pay Rates

 

Requiring the pay ranges for certain employee position classifications to be equal; providing that a certain provision of law may not be construed to decrease the pay rate of any employee; and requiring that the pay rate for a certain employee in the Behavioral Health Administration or the Developmental Disabilities Administration be at least two grades higher than a pay rate effective June 30, 2019.

Committees:

Finance

 

Status:

Died in Committee without a vote

Position: Support

 

Comment:

HB 1386 (SB 852)

Del. Nick Charles

Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation - Veterans and Military Service Members and Spouses - Occupational Licenses

Committees:

Rules and Executive Nominations

 

Status:

Senate version passed

Position: Monitor

 

Comment:

SB 852 (HB 1386)

Sen. Melony Griffith et al.

Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation - Veterans and Military Service Members and Spouses - Occupational Licenses

 

Altering the definition of "military spouse" to include the surviving spouse of a service member who dies at any time before an application for a license; altering the definition of "veteran" to include former service members who have been discharged for more than 1 year before an application for a license; requiring units of the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation to issue a certain license to certain applicants within 60 days after receiving a completed application; etc.

Committees: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

 

Status:

Passed

Position:

Monitor

 

Comment:

This bill does not apply to health occupation boards.


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

SB 77

Sen. Clarence Lam

Estates and Trusts - Protection of Minors and Disabled Persons - Guardianship

 

Altering the jurisdiction of the orphans' courts and circuit courts over certain guardians of the person and guardians of the property; altering the circumstances under which a guardian of the property of a person with a physical or mental disability, a guardian of the property of a person with certain other conditions, and a guardian of the property of a minor shall be appointed; establishing certain procedures for the appointment of certain guardians of the property; etc.

Committees: Judicial Proceedings

 

Status:

Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings

Position:

Support

 

Comment:

Oral and written testimony was submitted.

SB 974

Sen. Cory McCray

Occupational Licenses or Certificates - Application Determinations - Use of Criminal History

 

Prohibiting certain departments or local licensing authorities that issue occupational licenses or certificates from denying an application for a license or certificate based on the applicant's criminal history if a period of 5 years has passed since the applicant's conviction for a nonviolent crime unless the department or local licensing authority makes a certain determination; requiring a licensing authority to include in applications a list of specific convictions that would disqualify an applicant; etc.

Committees: Judicial Proceedings

 

Status:

Died in Senate before final action could be taken

Position: Comment:

 

 

SWUR

 

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 161 (SB 96)

Del. Nick Mosby et al.

Baltimore City - Tax Sales of Real Property - Water Liens (Water Taxpayer Protection Act of 2019)

 

Requiring Baltimore City to withhold from tax sale certain places of worship if the taxes on the property consist only of a lien for unpaid charges for water and sewer service; repealing the authority of the Mayor

Committees: Ways and Means

 

Status:

Passed

Position: Support

 

Comment:


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

 

and City Council of Baltimore City to sell properties to enforce a lien for unpaid charges for water and sewer service if the properties are also being sold to enforce another lien; repealing the certain authority to sell certain real property owned by religious groups or organizations; applying the Act prospectively; etc.

 

 

SB 96 (HB 161)

Sen. Mary Washington et al.

Baltimore City - Tax Sales of Real Property - Water Liens (Water Taxpayer Protection Act of 2019)

Committees:

Budget and Taxation

 

Status:

Passed

Position: Support

 

Comment:

HB 307

Del. Joseline Pena- Melnyk et al.

Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission

 

Establishing a Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission; authorizing the staff member provided by the Office of the Attorney General to issue certain subpoenas; requiring the Commission to hold certain public meetings in each county where a lynching of an African American by a white mob has been documented; authorizing the Commission to research cases of racially motivated lynching; requiring the Commission to submit an interim and final report to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before certain dates; etc.

Committees: Judiciary

 

Status:

Passed

Position: Monitor

 

Comment:

HB 583 (SB 356)

Del. Jheanelle Wilkins et al.

Health - Maternal Mortality Review Program - Recommendations and Reporting Requirement

 

Requiring the Maternal Mortality Review Program, in consultation with the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, to make recommendations to reduce disparities in the maternal mortality rate including recommendations related to social determinants of health; requiring the Secretary of

Health to include in the annual report regarding the

Committees:

Health and Government Operations

 

Status:

Passed

Position: Monitor

 

Comment:


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

 

Maternal Mortality Review Program a section on racial disparities that compares mortality rates, the number of live births by race and a comparison of leading causes of death by race; etc.

 

 

SB 356 (HB 583)

Sen. Shirley Nathan- Pulliam et al.

Health - Maternal Mortality Review Program - Recommendations and Reporting Requirement

Committees: Finance

 

Status:

Passed

Position: Monitor

 

Comment:

HB 796 (SB 602)

Del. Jheanelle Wilkins et al.

Public Health - Maternal Mortality Review Program - Establishment of Local Teams

 

Authorizing the establishment of local maternal mortality review teams in each county; requiring the local health officer to convene the local team under certain circumstances; establishing the purpose and duties of the local teams; authorizing the Maryland Department of Health to release certain information at the discretion of the Secretary of Health; requiring the Secretary to provide copies of certain death certificates to the Maternal Mortality Review Program; etc.

Committees:

Health and Government Operations

 

Status:

Passed

Position: Monitor

 

Comment:

SB 602 (HB 796)

Sen. Shirley Nathan- Pulliam

Public Health - Maternal Mortality Review Program - Establishment of Local Teams

Committees: Finance

 

Status:

House version passed

Position: Monitor

 

Comment:

HB 1016

Del. Jazz Lewis et al.

General Assembly - Analysis of Proposed Legislation - Racial Impact

 

Requiring the Executive Director of the Department of Legislative Services to have the Department prepare a racial impact analysis for certain bills; requiring that the analysis be prepared with certain assistance and

Committees:

Rules and Executive Nominations

 

Status:

Died in Committee without a vote

Position:

Support

 

Comment:

According to the sponsor, there is an agreement with House leadership that in the future such analyses can be requested on


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

 

include certain information; requiring the Department to send a copy of a racial impact analysis to a certain committee and sponsor; prohibiting a committee from voting on a certain bill unless the racial impact analysis accompanies the bill; etc.

 

specific bills.

 

 

School SW

 

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 256 (SB 223)

Del. Jheanelle Wilkins et al.

State Department of Education - Guidelines on Trauma-Informed Approach

 

Requiring the State Department of Education, in consultation with the Maryland Department of Health and the Department of Human Services, to develop guidelines on a trauma-informed approach; defining "trauma-informed approach" as a method for understanding and responding to an individual with symptoms of chronic interpersonal trauma or traumatic stress; and requiring the State Department of Education to distribute certain guidelines to each local school system and publish certain guidelines on the Department's website.

Committees: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

 

Status:

Passed the House and died in EHE without a vote

Position:

Support

 

Comment:

The bill had been amended to mandate guidelines be published.

SB 223 (HB 256)

Sen. Shirley Nathan- Pulliam et al.

State Department of Education - Guidelines on Trauma-Informed Approach

 

Establishing the Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative in the State Department of Education to expand the use of the trauma-informed approach used in schools and intensively train schools on becoming trauma- informed schools; requiring the Department, in consultation with other relevant departments, to develop certain guidelines; requiring, on or before July 1, 2019, the Department to select one school each from certain areas to receive intensive training on the

trauma-informed approach; etc.

Committees: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

 

Status:

Died in Committee without a vote

Position: Support

 

Comment:


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 733 (SB 661)

Del. Eric Ebersole et al.

Primary and Secondary Education - Community Schools - Established

Committees: Ways and Means

 

Status:

Senate version passed

Position:

 

 

Comment:

SB 661 (HB 733)

Sen. Mary Washington

Primary and Secondary Education - Community Schools - Established

 

Establishing community schools in the State for the purpose of providing an integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and familial and community engagement; requiring a community school to have a community school coordinator with responsibility for developing and implementing a plan based on an assessment of needs for the community school; authorizing local school systems to form a school- community partnership for the planning and implementation of a community school; etc.

Committees: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

 

Status:

Passed

Position: Comment:

HB 798

Del. Cheryl Glenn

Baltimore City - Truant Students - Active Intervention

 

Requiring, in Baltimore City, a certain system of active intervention for certain truant students developed by the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners to include an Individualized Reengagement Plan for each truant student, coordination and collaboration with State and municipal agencies to deliver certain services, creation of a certain database to track truant students, and a specific plan for each public school to reengage truant students; requiring the Individualized Reengagement Plan to be developed by certain individuals; etc.

Committees: Ways and Means

 

Status: Withdrawn

Position: Comment:


Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 844

Del. Teresa Reilly et al.

Public Schools - School Psychologists - Reports

 

Requiring each local school system in the State to submit an interim report on the ratio of students to psychologists in each school, strategies to increase the number of psychologists, policies to decrease wait times, and strategies to increase retention of qualified psychologists to the State Board of Education, the Governor, and certain legislative committees by July 1, 2020; requiring each local school system in the State to submit a final report on school psychologists to the State Board of by December 1, 2020; etc.

Committees: Ways and Means

 

Status:

Passed

Position:

 

 

Comment:

Gail reached out to the sponsor to ask about including social workers. There was resistance as the bill was requested by psychologists.

There also seems be a lack of understanding about the role of social workers in schools.

SB 1030 (HB 1413)

President et al.

The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future

 

Establishing principles of The Blueprint for Maryland's Future that are intended to transform Maryland's early childhood, primary, and secondary education system to the levels of the highest-performing systems; establishing a Concentration of Poverty School Grant Program to provide grants to schools with high concentrations of students eligible for free or reduced price meals; establishing the Maryland Office of the Inspector General for Education; etc.

Committees:

Budget and Taxation; Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

 

Status:

Passed

Position:

 

 

Comment:

This bill proposes the policy changes recommended by the Kirwan Commission and provides for over $255 million in funding in its first year (FY2020). The work to be done by the end of the year is the development of a

new funding formula for MD’s 24 jurisdictions.

SB 617

Sen. Jim Rosapepe

Free College, Career Skills, and Youth Apprenticeship Act of 2019

 

Establishing a certain college and career readiness standard; altering the grade by which students must be assessed in college and career readiness, beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, and according to a certain method; requiring that each public high school provide access to certain pathways and certain counseling services; establishing the Career and Technology Education Committee; etc.

Committees: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

 

Status:

Died in Committee without a vote

Position: Comment:

 

 

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