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National Association of Social WorkersProfile Report –3/31/2018

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Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 851

Del. Kirill Reznik

Medicaid and the Maryland Children's Health Program - Home and Community-Based Providers - Funding

Requiring that the Governor's proposed budget for fiscal year 2020, and for each fiscal year thereafter, include a 3.5% rate increase for certain home and community-based providers over the funding provided in the legislative appropriation for the immediately preceding fiscal year; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 3/06 at 1:00 p.m. (2/14)

Position:


Comment:
Requires the Governor’s proposed budget, beginning fiscal year 2020, to include an annual 3.5% rates increase for home and community-based providers. Home and Community-based providers serve Medicaid and MCHIP recipients under: the medical day care services waiver, the home and community-based options waiver, the model waiver for medically fragile children, the brain injury waiver, the community first choice program, the community personal assistance program, the employed individuals with disabilities program, the program of all-inclusive care for the elderly, or any other program that provides home or community based services or supports. It also includes a provider of medical day care services and private duty nursing services.

 

HB 1064 (SB 937)

Del. Chris West 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 discharged from a certain health care facility directly to the individual's home and is eligible for certain funding within 45 days after the discharge.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 3/06 at 1:00 p.m. (2/14)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
Prohibits the Department of Health from denying the home- and community-based services waiver to an individual due to a lack of funding if the individual is discharged from a hospital, skilled nursing facility, or rehabilitation facility directly to their home and funding would be available within 45 days after discharge. The fiscal note starts at $23 million and grows each year.

 

SB 937 (HB 1064)

Sen. Delores Kelley

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

synopsis same as CF HB 1064

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 3/07 at 1:00 p.m. (2/7)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 1209

Del. Susie Proctor et al.

Public Safety – Missing Persons – Information (Eula and Danny’s Law)

Requiring a law enforcement agency, with regard to a missing person, to enter all necessary and available information into the National Crime Information Center computer network within 2 hours after receipt of the minimum information necessary to make the entry; and requiring the Department of State Police to place a direct link to the Internet site of the Maryland Center for Missing and Unidentified Persons on the home page of the Department's website.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 3/27 at 1:00 p.m. (3/20)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Debbie Silverstein submitted written testimony.

As amended, requires law enforcement to enter information about a missing person into the national crime information center computer network within hours after receipt of information; also requires the State Police to place a direct link to the internet site of the MD center for missing and unidentified persons on the home page of its website.

 

HB 1570

Del. Seth Howard et al.

Criminal Law - Assault on an Elder Adult - Penalties

Prohibiting a person from committing first-degree assault or second-degree assault against a certain elder adult; establishing penalties for a violation of the Act; prohibiting a court from suspending a certain mandatory minimum sentence; providing that a certain person is not eligible for parole during a certain mandatory minimum sentence, with a certain exception; applying the Act prospectively; etc.

 

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Judiciary (3/15)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1618 (SB 939)

Del. Marice Morales et al.

Community-Based Services Waivers and State Disabilities Plan - Alterations (Maryland Disabilities Act)

Requiring that a certain home- and community-based services waiver include a requirement that at least half the waiver participants live in community-based housing immediately before receiving waiver services; requiring that a certain waiver required by the Maryland Department of Health implement a certain waiting list; requiring the Maryland Department of Health to provide individuals on the waiting list with certain information; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 3/07 at 1:00 p.m. (2/14)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
Adds a requirement for the Home- and Community-Based Services Waiver to have at least half the waiver participants live in community-based housing immediately before the participant receives waiver services. Also requires the Department of Health to create a waiting list for individuals eligible for the waiver and to use a testing instrument to assess level of need and allocate and prioritize services based ong who has the greatest need.

 

SB 939 (HB 1618)

Sen. Delores Kelley

Community-Based Services Waivers and State Disabilities Plan - Alterations (Maryland Disabilities Act)

synopsis same as CF HB 1618

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 3/07 at 1:00 p.m. (2/13)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

SB 4

Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

Oversight Committee on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities – Revisions

Altering the membership, powers, and duties of the Oversight Committee on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities; requiring the Oversight Committee to evaluate the progress in improving nursing home care quality and assisted living facility quality statewide; requiring the Committee to review changes made to the Committee and make recommendations on legislative changes that may be necessary to the Senate Finance Committee and the House Health and Government Operations Committee by November 1, 2018; etc.

 

 

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 4/03 at 1:00 p.m. (3/28)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
Amendments make changes to the Oversight Committee on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities and require recommendations be made for the 2019 legislative session.

 

SB 386

Sen. James Mathias et al.

Maryland Nursing Home Resident Protection Act of 2018

Requiring the Maryland Department of Health to initiate an investigation of certain nursing home complaints alleging actual harm within 10 business days after receiving the complaint; requiring the Department to make every effort to investigate within 24 hours complaints alleging immediate jeopardy to residents of certain nursing homes; requiring the Department to develop a certain data dashboard; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 3/27 at 1:00 p.m. (3/21)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
The bill has passed the Senate with amendments that require the creation of 50 new positions over the course of 5 years to carry out the work.

 

 

Behavioral Health

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 33

Del. Clarence Lam et al.

Guardianship of Disabled Persons - Voluntary Admission to Mental Facility

Authorizing a certain disabled person to apply for voluntary admission to a mental facility if the person submits a formal written application and either a physician and a psychologist, two physicians, or a physician and a psychiatric nurse practioner provide a certain certification; requiring the facility to notify the guardian of the person of a disabled person that the disabled person has been admitted to the facility and of a certain request for discharge from the facility; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Returned Passed (3/30)

Position:
Support with Amendment

Comment:
As amended, this bill requires competency be determined by either a physician and a psychologist, two physicians, or a physician and a psychiatric nurse practitioner.

 

To add LCSW-Cs, there are other places in the Code that would also need to be changed. Committee counsel recommended that happen in future legislation.

HB 1392 (SB 864)

Del. Clarence Lam et al.

Health – Emergency Evaluees and Involuntarily Admitted or Committed Individuals – Procedures

Requiring a health care provider to disclose certain medical and legal records without the authorization of an individual to a public defender who states in writing that the Office of the Public Defender represents the individual in certain proceedings; requiring that only those records needed by the public defender to represent the individual in certain proceedings shall be disclosed; requiring the records to be provided within 24 hours under certain circumstances; etc.

Committees:


Status:
First Reading Senate Rules (3/22)

Position:


Comment:
As amended, this bill specifies what records can be made available without consent only to a public defender who is representing the patient.

 

SB 864 (HB 1392)

Sen. Delores Kelley et al.

Health – Emergency Evaluees and Involuntarily Admitted or Committed Individuals – Procedures


Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Rereferred to Health and Government Operations (3/30)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1635 (SB 947)

Del. Dan Morhaim et al.

Mental Health Law - Involuntary Admissions - Procedures

Prohibiting a certain hearing officer from ordering the release of an individual who meets the requirements for involuntary admission under a certain provision of law on the grounds that the individual was kept at an emergency facility for more than 30 hours.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 3/29 at 1:00 p.m. (3/21)

Position:


Comment:
As amended, a hearing officer may not order the release of an individual who meets the requirements for involuntary admission on the grounds that the individual was kept at an emergency facility for more than 30 hours.

 

SB 947 (HB 1635)

Sen. Jim Rosapepe

Mental Health Law - Involuntary Admissions - Procedures

synopsis same as CF HB 1635

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Second Reading Passed (3/30)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 527

Sen. John Astle

Health - Standards for Involuntary Admissions and Petitions for Emergency Evaluation - Modification

Altering a certain exception to allow for the involuntary admission of certain individuals who have a mental disorder, have experienced an overdose, have a history of persistent substance abuse, or present a danger to the life safety of the individual or others to certain facilities or a Veterans' Administration hospital; altering certain circumstances to allow a petition for an emergency evaluation to be made for certain individuals; altering the circumstances for petitions for the emergency evaluation of certain individuals; etc.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 2/14 at 1:00 p.m. (1/31)

Position:


Comment:
This bill expands the state's laws regarding involuntary commitment and emergency petitions to include people who have experienced an overdose, have a history of "chronic and persistent substance abuse," and presents a danger to the life or safety of themselves or others. People meeting the criteria would also have to be in need of inpatient treatment.

 

 

CY&F

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 1 (SB 2)

Del. Kathleen Dumais et al.

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

Authorizing a court, under certain 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; specifying that a termination of parental rights under the Act terminates completely certain rights and the parent's responsibility to support the child, including payment of child support; requiring the court to refer an unrepresented parent to legal services or to appoint counsel; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 4 (2/13)

Position:
Support

Comment:
This bill has passed the House and Senate and has been signed into law!

 

SB 2 (HB 1)

Sen. Brian Feldman et al.

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


Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Approved by the Governor - Chapter 3 (2/13)

Position:
Support

Comment:
This bill has passed the House and Senate and has been signed into law!

 

HB 81

Del. Angela Angel

Prior Yr Info:
2017: HB 359 -

Family Law - Child Abuse and Neglect - Mental Injury

Altering the definition of "mental injury" to include the observable, identifiable, and substantial impairment of a child's mental or psychological ability to function that results from the child's exposure to an act that constitutes a certain crime of violence committed by a parent or household or family member against a parent or household or family member.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Judiciary (2/19)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
The bill expands the definition of "mental injury" to specify injury due to a child's exposure to a crime of violence committed by a parent or household or family member against a parent or household or family member.

 

HB 430 (SB 379)

Del. Adrienne Jones et al.

Education - Child Care Subsidies - Mandatory Funding Levels

Requiring the Governor to include in the State budget a certain appropriation from all fund sources for the Child Care Subsidy Program each fiscal year; requiring the Governor to appropriate funds from all fund sources in the State budget to increase the Child Care Subsidy Program reimbursement rates to a certain amount in certain fiscal years; etc.

Committees:
Budget and Taxation

Status:
Third Reading Passed (45-0) (3/30)

Position:
Support

Comment:
The bill passed the House 100-36.

 

SB 379 (HB 430)

Sen. Nancy King et al.

Education - Child Care Subsidies - Mandatory Funding Levels


Committees:
Appropriations

Status:
Third Reading Passed (115-20) (3/30)

Position:
Support

Comment:
The bill passed the Senate 44-3.

 

HB 431 (SB 308)

The Speaker et al.

Foster Care Recipients and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth - Employment Program (Fostering Employment Act of 2018)

Establishing the Fostering Employment Program to provide employment opportunities for foster care recipients and unaccompanied homeless youth; requiring the Department of Human Services, in coordination with the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, to develop and implement the Program and coordinate with local human services and employment entities; providing that a foster care recipient or an unaccompanied homeless youth who is not exempt from paying tuition is eligible to receive funding under certain circumstances; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations

Status:
Returned Passed (3/30)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Creates the Fostering Employment Program to provide employment opportunities for foster care youth and unaccompanied homeless youth through training that leads to industry-recognized credentials. The program is to be jointly supervised by DHS and DLLR; and coordinate with the DSS offices and local workforce development boards in the State workforce development areas. There is no additional funding provided in the budget for this program.

 

SB 308 (HB 431)

President et al.

Foster Care Recipients and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth - Employment Program (Fostering Employment Act of 2018)


Committees:
Finance

Status:
Returned Passed (3/27)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Amendments to the bill do not create any substantive changes.

 

HB 454 (SB 490)

Del. David Moon et al.

Child Abuse and Neglect – Disclosure of Identifying Information

Requiring a court to provide the Secretary of Health with identifying information regarding an individual who has been convicted under certain provisions of law of the murder, attempted murder, or manslaughter of a child; requiring the Department of Human Services, in coordination with the Vital Statistics Administration, to contract with an independent organization to develop a data collection process in order to assess the effectiveness of certain required record sharing in predicting and preventing child abuse and neglect; etc.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Favorable Report by Judicial Proceedings (4/2)

Position:
Support with Amendment

Comment:
The bill as amended increases the time period to 10 years and removes the requirement that an investigation be triggered if access to the home is denied. The bill also requires the development of a data collection process to assess the effectiveness of current procedures requiring the sharing of records between the Social Services Administration and the Maryland Department of Health in predicting and preventing child abuse and neglect.

 

SB 490 (HB 454)

Sen. Delores Kelley et al.

Child Abuse and Neglect - Disclosure of Identifying Information and Investigations

synopsis same as CF HB 454

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 3/28 at 1:00 p.m. (3/14)

Position:
Support with Amendment

Comment:
Senate and House bills are identical.

 

HB 500 (SB 132)

Del. Carlo Sanchez et al.

Crimes - Child Abuse and Neglect - Failure to Report

Establishing that certain persons who are required to provide certain notice or make certain reports of suspected child abuse or neglect may not knowingly fail to give the notice or make the report if the person has actual knowledge of the abuse or neglect or witnesses the act of the abuse or neglect; establishing the misdemeanor of knowing failure to report child abuse or neglect under certain circumstances; and providing certain penalties for a violation of the Act.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 2/08 at 1:00 p.m. (1/25)

Position:
Support

Comment:
This bill is not going to pass this committee. The Chair pointed out that with the criminal penalty, someone who would fit the narrow circumstances and does not report would likely plea the 5th in any investigation. This unintended consequence seems to have swayed some legislators and advocates.

Judith Schagrin provided oral testimony in support.

 

SB 132 (HB 500)

Sen. Bobby Zirkin et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2017: SB 135 - Support with Amendment

Crimes - Child Abuse and Neglect - Failure to Report


Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 3/27 at 1:00 p.m. (3/13)

Position:
Support

Comment:
The bill passed the Senate 46-0.

 

HB 524 (SB 291)

Del. David Moon et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2017: HB 416 - No Position

Family Law - Protecting the Resources of Children in State Custody

Requiring the Department of Human Services to identify a representative payee or fiduciary for a child in the Department's custody; requiring the Department, when serving as the representative payee or in any other fiduciary capacity for a child, to provide certain notice to the child, through the child's attorney, of certain actions taken with respect to certain benefits for the child; etc.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Favorable with Amendments Report by Judicial Proceedings (4/2)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
As amended, the bill only applies to children receiving SSI (deletes those receiving VA or social security benefits).

 

SB 291 (HB 524)

Sen. Richard Madaleno et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2017: SB 442 - No Position

Family Law - Protecting the Resources of Children in State Custody

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

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 4/03 at 1:00 p.m. (3/21)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
The Senate version passed the Senate with no amendments.

 

HB 600 (SB 131)

Del. Susan McComas et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2017: HB 1198 -

Child Abuse and Neglect - Training

Requiring the Maryland Department of Health to provide certain boards with a list of recommended courses on the obligation to report abuse and neglect and the identification of abused and neglected children; requiring certain boards to post the course list prominently on the board's website, provide information about the recommended courses to health care professionals at the time of renewal of licensure , and advertise the availability of the recommended courses in certain media.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
First Reading Judicial Proceedings (3/19)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
As amended, requires the Dept to provide to each health occupation board a list of recommended courses on the obligation to report abuse and neglect and the identification of abused and neglected children. Also requires each board to post the information on their websites.

 

SB 131 (HB 600)

Sen. Bobby Zirkin et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2017: SB 679 -

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; etc.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 1/23 at 1:00 p.m. (1/15)

Position:
Monitor

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.

 

HB 838 (SB 584)

Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2017: HB 1321 -
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 certain individual and that the child is at substantial risk of child abuse; specifying certain procedures and requirements for a report concerning a certain verbal threat of harm to a child; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

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

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

SB 584 (HB 838)

Sen. Victor Ramirez

Child Protection - Reporting - Threat of Harm

synopsis same as CF HB 838

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 2/08 at 1:00 p.m. (1/31)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 1072

Del. C. Wilson et al.

Education - Child Sexual Abuse Prevention - Instruction and Training

Requiring a county board of education or a nonpublic school that receives State funds to require each employee to receive annual training on the prevention, identification, and reporting of child sexual abuse; authorizing the instruction and training to include information to help employees recognize and respond to incidents of sexual misconduct; requiring the Interagency Committee on School Construction and the State Council on Child Abuse to develop best practices to reduce opportunities for child sexual abuse; etc.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

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

Position:
Support

Comment:
Support through CPMC

 

HB 1386

Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith et al.

Public Schools – Reporting Child Abuse – Telephone Number

Encouraging public schools to post the appropriate telephone number for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect conspicuously in a high-traffic, widely used area of the school; and requiring a county board to ensure that the appropriate telephone number for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect is published in student handbooks and on the website of the county board or local school system.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Hearing 3/28 at 1:00 p.m. (3/19)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Support through CPMC

 

HB 1425

Del. Barrie Ciliberti et al.

Family Law - Guardianship and Adoption - Age of Consent and Revocation of Consent

Reducing the time frame during which a person may revoke consent to a certain guardianship of a child; reducing the time frame during which a person may revoke consent to a certain guardianship of a child or adoption of a child; increasing from 10 to 14 years old the age at which a minor's consent is required for an adoption; increasing from 10 to 14 years old the age at which a minor may revoke consent to an adoption under certain circumstances; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Judiciary (3/15)

Position:


Comment:
NASW opposes raising the age of consent in the bill but has been working with the sponsor on possible amendments.

 

HB 1517 (SB 977)

Del. Sheree Sample-Hughes et al.

Behavioral Health Services and Voluntary Placement Agreements – Children and Young Adults – Reports

Requiring the Director of the Behavioral Health Administration to prepare a certain annual report on behavioral health services for children and young adults in the State; requiring the Social Services Administration within the Department of Human Services to prepare a certain annual report; etc.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 3/29 at 1:00 p.m. (3/21)

Position:
Support with Amendment

Comment:
Requires the Behavioral Health Administration to consult with stakeholders in preparing an annual report on behavioral health services for children and youth.

 

SB 977 (HB 1517)

Sen. Katherine Klausmeier

Behavioral Health Services and Voluntary Placement Agreements - Children and Young Adults - Reports


Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Second Reading Passed (3/30)

Position:
Support with Amendment

Comment:

 

HB 1571

Del. C. Wilson et al.

Education - Child Sexual Abuse Prevention - Employment Process

Requiring a county board of education, a nonpublic school receiving State funds, and a certain contracting agency to require an applicant for a position involving direct contact with minors to provide certain information; requiring the county board, nonpublic school, or contracting agency to conduct a review of the employment history of a certain applicant; requiring the State Department of Education to provide a certain notification; requiring substitute staffing services to comply with certain provisions; etc.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

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

Position:


Comment:
Sets up a process through which a county board of education or contracting agency can conduct a thorough employment history review on any applicant for a position that involves direct contact with minors to ensure that the applicant 1) has not been the subject of any child sexual abuse or misconduct investigation, unless allegations were found to be false, 2) was not disciplined in any way while allegations of child sexual abuse or misconduct were pending, or 3) has not had a license, professional license, or certificate suspended, surrendered, or revoked while allegations were pending.

 

HB 1582

Del. C. Wilson et al.

Human Services - Children Receiving Child Welfare Services - Centralized Comprehensive Health Care Monitoring Program

Establishing a State Medical Director for Children Receiving Child Welfare Services in the Department of Human Services; requiring the State Medical Director and all personnel supervised by the State Medical Director to have access to all confidential information and records available to, or in the possession of, local departments; requiring the State Medical Director, in consultation with local departments, to establish a Centralized Comprehensive Health Care Monitoring Program for certain purposes; etc.

 

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 3/29 at 1:00 p.m. (3/21)

Position:
Support with Amendment

Comment:

NASW is working with the other advocates and the sponsor on amendments to narrow the bill’s scope.

HB 1628

Del. Shelly Hettleman

Privileged Communications – Mental Health Providers – Exception for Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect

Providing that a certain patient privilege does not exist for certain records and certain testimony of a psychiatrist or licensed psychologist, a psychiatric-mental health nursing specialist or professional counselor, or a licensed certified social worker related to suspected child abuse and neglect in certain civil proceedings under certain circumstances.

 

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Judiciary; Withdrawn (3/12)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 1696 (SB 1071)

Del. Kirill Reznik

Task Force to Study Access to Home Health Care for Children and Adults With Medical Disabilities

Establishing the Task Force to Study Access to Home Health Care for Children and Adults with Medical Disabilities; providing for the composition, chair, and staffing of the Task Force; requiring the Task Force to study and make recommendations for improving access to home health care in all areas of the State, including a recommendation on reimbursement rates; requiring the Task Force to report to certain committees of the General Assembly by November 30, 2018; providing for the termination of the Act; etc.

 

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Favorable with Amendments Report by Health and Government Operations (4/3)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 1071 (HB 1696)

Sen. Steve Waugh

Task Force to Study Access to Home Health Care for Children and Adults With Medical Disabilities and Report on Home– and Community–Based Services


Committees:
Rules and Executive Nominations

Status:
First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations (3/27)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1744

Del. C. Wilson

Child Abuse and Neglect - Substance-Exposed Newborns - Reporting

Altering the conditions under which a newborn is considered to be substance-exposed; and altering certain conditions under which a health care practitioner is not required to make a report concerning a substance-exposed newborn to a local department of social services.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 3/28 at 1:00 p.m. (3/20)

Position:
Support

Comment:
As amended, the bill removes the exception for reporting to DSS women who are in medication assisted treatment. It also adds an exception if “the newborn is not affected by substance abuse.” The bill also removes the reporting requirement if the mother has a positive toxicology screen and removes the provision for reporting to local health departments.

 

HB 1747

Del. Kirill Reznik

Residential Child Care Programs - Statement of Need - Exceptions

Providing that the Department of Human Services and the Department of Juvenile Services are not required to issue a statement of need before granting a license to a residential child care program if there is no placement available in an existing licensed program that can provide certain services; providing that a statement of need is not required to relocate an existing residential child care program if the existing site requires rehabilitation that is impractical or infeasible and certain other requirements are met; etc.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

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

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 85

Chair, Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee et al.

Tuition Waivers - Foster Care Recipients - Eligibility

Altering the eligibility requirements for tuition waivers for foster care recipients to include individuals who resided in an out-of-home placement on or after the individual's 13th birthday for at least 1 year and reunited with at least one of the individual's parents; and altering the length of time from 5 to 10 years during which certain individuals continue to be exempt from certain tuition.

Committees:
Ways and Means

Status:
Third Reading Passed (135-0) (3/30)

Position:
Support as Amended

Comment:
Passed the Senate 46-0 with the amendment.

Written and oral testimony provided. NASW and CPMC support increasing to 10 years the length of time a person is eligible. The Department stated in the hearing that they take no position on that amendment.

 

SB 587

Sen. Barbara Robinson

Department of Human Services - Baltimore City Department of Social Services - Audit

Requiring the Inspector General in the Department of Human Services to conduct a certain audit of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services in fiscal year 2019; requiring the audit to include a review of certain items; and requiring a certain report of a certain audit's findings to be distributed to the Joint Audit Committee and the Office of Legislative Audits.

Committees:
Budget and Taxation

Status:
Hearing 2/21 at 1:00 p.m. (2/7)

Position:
No Position

Comment:

 

SB 787

Sen. Bryan Simonaire et al.

Children in Out-of-Home Placement - Rights

Requiring the Department of Human Services to develop a Foster Youth Bill of Rights delineating the rights of children in out-of-home placements; and requiring the Social Services Administration of the Department of Human Services to provide, at least one time each year, to each child who is at least 13 years old a copy of the Foster Youth Bill of Rights.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 3/28 at 1:00 p.m. (3/14)

Position:


Comment:
As amended, the bill requires DHS to develop a Foster Youth Bill of Rights delineating the rights of children in out-of-home placements. This is the document that must be provided annually to any child who is at least 13 years old and living in an “out-of-home placement.”

 

SB 1185

Sen. Bryan Simonaire

Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Waiver for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder - Waiting List

Requiring the Maryland Department of Health and the State Department of Education jointly to develop a process to review each year the waiting list for children to receive services through the Home- and Community-Based Services Waiver for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder; requiring the review process to include a requirement that an individual be a resident of the State to be added to or remain on the waiting list; etc.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 3/21 at 1:00 p.m. (2/28)

Position:


Comment:
Requires the Departments of Health and Education to jointly develop a process to annually review the waiting list for home-and-community based services waiver for children with autism spectrum disorder.

 

SB 1238

Sen. Katherine Klausmeier

Prior Yr Info:
2017: SB 1032 -
2016: SB 1019 -
2015: HB 474 - Monitor
2014: HB 1007 -

Family Law - Grandparent Visitation

Altering the circumstances under which an equity court may grant visitation rights to a grandparent of a child; and authorizing the court to consider parental consent or, if consent is not present, to determine whether visitation rights are in the best interest of the child and do not interfere with the parent-child relationship.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 3/20 at 1:00 p.m. (3/12)

Position:


Comment:

 

 

Forensics

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 36

Del. Michael Jackson

Correctional Officers' Retirement System - Membership

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

Committees:
Appropriations

Status:
Favorable with Amendments Report by Appropriations (4/3)

Position:
Support

Comment:
The bill adds to the membership of the Correctional Officers’ Retirement System a number of individuals serving in the Department of Juvenile Services, including social workers.

 

HB 102 (SB 198)

The Speaker et al.

Criminal Gang Offenses – Penalties, Procedure, and Elements

Providing that the juvenile court does not have jurisdiction over a certain child alleged to have committed a certain criminal gang offense under certain circumstances; altering penalties for certain criminal gang offenses; providing that certain sentences imposed shall be consecutive to certain sentences; altering the elements of a certain criminal gang offense; requiring certain local jurisdictions to use certain divested assets for certain purposes under certain circumstances; altering certain definitions; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 2/06 at 1:00 p.m. (1/19)

Position:
Oppose

Comment:
NASW submitted written testimony in opposition to this bill that adds certain gang-related criminal activities to the list of offenses that requires a youth be detained in the adult system.

 

SB 198 (HB 102)

President et al.

Criminal Gang Offenses - Penalties, Procedure, and Elements


Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 1/30 at 1:00 p.m. (1/18)

Position:
Oppose

Comment:
NASW submitted written testimony in opposition to this bill that adds certain gang-related criminal activities to the list of offenses that requires a youth be detained in the adult system.

 

HB 786 (SB 539)

Del. Jazz Lewis et al.

Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Limitations

Requiring, to the extent reasonably possible, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to adhere to the standards of the American Corrections Association for restrictive housing in State correctional facilities.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
First Reading Judicial Proceedings (3/19)

Position:
Support

Comment:
As amended, the bill states that “to the extent reasonably possible, in state correctional facilities the department shall adhere to the standards of the American Corrections Association for restrictive housing."

 

SB 539 (HB 786)

Sen. Susan Lee et al.

Correctional Services – Restrictive Housing – Limitations

Authorizing a certain sanction for a certain inmate who has been found guilty of a certain administrative infraction; authorizing a certain sanction for a certain inmate who has been found guilty of a certain substantive infraction; restricting to 15 consecutive days or a total of 90 days that an inmate may be placed in restrictive housing in a 1-year period; prohibiting a certain vulnerable inmate from placement in restrictive housing under certain circumstances; etc.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 2/13 at 1:00 p.m. (1/31)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

HB 1550 (SB 863)

Del. Charles Sydnor

Juvenile Law – Juvenile Court Jurisdiction

Expanding the jurisdiction of the juvenile court by altering certain provisions of law that exclude from the jurisdiction of the juvenile court a child of a certain age alleged to have committed any of certain offenses; and making certain conforming changes in provisions of law relating to the distinction between an accessory before the fact and a principal in a crime.

Committees:
Judiciary

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

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 863 (HB 1550)

Sen. Delores Kelley et al.

Juvenile Law - Juvenile Court Jurisdiction

synopsis same as CF HB 1550

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings (3/23)

Position:


Comment:

 

 

Misc

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 562 (SB 530)

Del. Karen Young et al.

Hospitals - Patient's Bill of Rights


Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn (3/12)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
This bill has been withdrawn.

 

SB 530 (HB 562)

Sen. Thomas Middleton et al.

Hospitals - Patient's Bill of Rights

Requiring each administrator of a hospital to make a certain patient bill of rights easily accessible to all patients and visitors; requiring each administrator of a hospital to offer to patients a certain patient's bill of rights; requiring each administrator of a hospital to provide certain patients with a translator, an interpreter, or another accommodation to provide certain assistance to patients; specifying the content of the rights that are required to be addressed in a patient's bill of rights; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 3/27 at 1:00 p.m. (3/14)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 736 (SB 576)

Del. Eric Bromwell et al.

Pharmacy Benefits Managers - Pharmacies and Pharmacists - Information on and Sales of Prescription Drugs

Prohibiting a pharmacy benefits manager from prohibiting a pharmacy or pharmacist from providing a beneficiary with information regarding the retail price of a prescription drug or the amount of the cost share for a prescription drug for which the beneficiary is responsible; prohibiting a pharmacy benefits manager from prohibiting a pharmacy or pharmacist from discussing with a beneficiary a certain retail price or certain cost share for a prescription drug; providing for the construction of the Act; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Returned Passed (3/30)

Position:
Support

Comment:
This is part of the package of bills being promoted by Health Care for All. Allows pharmacists to tell consumers if it would be cheaper to purchase a prescription without insurance coverage.

 

SB 576 (HB 736)

Sen. Katherine Klausmeier et al.

Pharmacy Benefits Managers - Pharmacies and Pharmacists - Information on and Sales of Prescription Drugs


Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 3/29 at 1:00 p.m. (3/14)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

HB 839

Del. Alfred Carr et al.

Public Health - State Advisory Council on PANDAS and PANS

Establishing the State Advisory Council on PANDAS and PANS; defining "PANDAS" as Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections and "PANS" as Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome; requiring the Advisory Council to develop and update as necessary recommendations regarding diagnosis and treatment options, clinical awareness, and outreach related to PANDAS and PANS and submit a report to the Governor and General Assembly on or before December 1 each year; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn (3/16)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Creates as State Advisory Council on PANDAS and PANS to develop and update as necessary recommendations. PANDAS means pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infections. PANS means pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome.

 

HB 1194 (SB 1023)

Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk et al.

Health - Drug Cost Review Commission

Establishing the Drug Cost Review Commission; providing for the purpose of the Commission; providing for the membership of the Commission; requiring certain conflicts of interest to be disclosed and considered when appointing members to the Commission; specifying the terms of the initial members of the Commission; providing for the election of the chair of the Commission and requiring the chair to hire certain staff; requiring that the staff of the Commission receive a certain salary; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 3/06 at 1:00 p.m. (2/14)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Amendments have been developed that strike the original bill in its entirety and replace it with a 2-year commission and requires reporting by manufacturers when there is a price increase or new drug above a certain amount.

 

SB 1023 (HB 1194)

Sen. Joan Conway et al.

Health - Drug Cost Review Commission

synopsis same as CF HB 1194

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 2/28 at 1:00 p.m. (2/7)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

HB 1477 (SB 886)

Del. Neil Parrott

Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Work and Community Engagement Requirements - Waiver

Requiring the Maryland Department of Health, on or before October 1, 2018, to apply to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a waiver under a certain provision of federal law to implement a certain demonstration project establishing work or community engagement requirements on certain enrollees in the Maryland Medical Assistance Program; requiring a certain application to include certain information; and requiring the Department to report to the General Assembly on or before December 1, 2018.

Committees:
Appropriations

Status:
Hearing 3/13 at 1:00 p.m. (2/14)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 886 (HB 1477)

Washington County Senators

Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Work and Community Engagement Requirements - Waiver

synopsis same as CF HB 1477

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn (3/1)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1603 (SB 1109)

Del. Carlo Sanchez et al.

Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board - Data Collection on Race and Ethnicity

Requiring the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board to study and make recommendations on policy and practice changes and capital expenditures necessary to achieve standardization of data collection on race and ethnicity in the State; requiring the Board to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by November 30, 2019; terminating the Act; etc.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 4/03 at 1:00 p.m. (3/28)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 1109 (HB 1603)

Sen. Victor Ramirez

Task Force to Standardize Data Collection on Race and Ethnicity

Establishing the Task Force to Standardize Data Collection on Race and Ethnicity; providing for the composition, chair, and staffing of the Task Force; prohibiting a member of the Task Force from receiving certain compensation, but authorizing the reimbursement of certain expenses; requiring the Task Force to study and make recommendations regarding certain matters; terminating the Act after June 30, 2019; etc.

Committees:


Status:
First Reading Senate Rules (2/14)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1615 (SB 1231)

Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith et al.

Human Services - Temporary Disability Assistance Program

Establishing the Temporary Disability Assistance Program in the Department of Human Services; requiring the Family Investment Administration to be the central coordinating and directing agency of the Program; requiring the Program to be administered by the local departments of social services in a certain manner; specifying the requirements for entitlement to assistance under the Program; requiring the monthly allowable assistance under the Program to equal at least $215 in fiscal year 2020; etc.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 3/29 at 1:00 p.m. (3/21)

Position:


Comment:
As amended, the bill codifies the TDAP program and creates a 12-year incremental increase that will bring the benefit to the level of TCA for a household of one and tie it to that level moving forward.

Senate committee amendments make it an 8-year phase-in.

 

SB 122

Sen. Bobby Zirkin

Criminal Law – Comprehensive Crime Bill of 2018

Providing that the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony or other crime of violence constitutes a crime of violence; expanding the list of controlled dangerous substances applicable to a certain prohibition against volume dealing; increasing maximum penalties for certain crimes; establishing the Tyrone Ray Violence Intervention and Prevention Fund to be used to support effective violence reduction strategies through grants to local communities; establishing the Task Force to Study Maryland's Criminal Gang Statutes; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations; Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 3/27 at 1:00 p.m. (Judiciary) (3/13)

Position:


Comment:
This bill includes a provision that would create a 5 year mandatory minimum sentence for manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, or possessing 5 grams or more of fentanyl. This raises serious concerns about undermining the Good Samaritan law. The bill also increases several mandatory minimum sentences and includes funding for some anti-violence programs.

 

SB 284

Sen. Thomas Middleton et al.

Maryland Medical Assistance Program – Dental Coverage for Adults – Pilot Program

Requiring the Maryland Department of Health to apply, by September 1, 2018, to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for an amendment to a certain waiver to implement a pilot program to provide limited dental coverage to certain individuals; requiring the Department to administer the program under certain circumstances; requiring the Department to report to the Governor and the General Assembly on the status of a certain application on or before December 1, 2018; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 4/03 at 1:00 p.m. (3/28)

Position:
Support

Comment:
As amended, the bill requires MDH to apply to the federal government for a demonstration waiver to implement a pilot program to provided limited dental coverage to adults in Medicaid.

 

 

Private Practice

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 1310 (SB 1101)

Del. Jefferson Ghrist et al.

Health Insurance - Provider Panels - Credentialing Practices

Altering from 30 to 15 days the time period within which a carrier is required to send a certain notice; altering from 120 to 60 days the time period after a certain date within which a carrier is required to make a certain decision and send a certain notice under certain circumstances; and prohibiting a carrier from imposing a limit on the number of providers at a health care facility that may be credentialed to participate on a certain provider panel.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Second Reading Passed with Amendments (3/30)

Position:


Comment:
As amended the bill prohibits a carrier from imposing a limit on the number of behavioral health providers at a health care facility that may be credentialed on a provider panel.

 

SB 1101 (HB 1310)

Sen. Adelaide Eckardt

Health Insurance - Provider Panels - Procedures and Credentialing Practices

Altering from 30 to 15 days the time period after a certain date within which a carrier is required to send a certain notice; altering from 120 to 60 days the time period after a certain date within which a carrier is required to make a certain decision and send a certain notice under certain circumstances; and prohibiting a carrier from imposing a limit on the number of providers at a health care facility that may be credentialed to participate on a certain provider panel.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 3/21 at 1:00 p.m. (3/13)

Position:


Comment:

 

 

Professional

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 190

Chair, Judiciary Committee et al.

Public Safety - Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission - Psychological Consultation and Evaluation

Repealing the requirement that the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission develop standards for the mandatory psychological evaluation of a certain law enforcement officer; requiring the Commission to develop standards for the mandatory psychological consultation with a certain law enforcement officer; repealing a requirement that a certain psychological evaluation for a police officer certification be conducted by a psychologist approved by the Commission; etc.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

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

Position:
Support

Comment:
The bill as amended removes any specification as to what kind of clinician can conduct the psychological evaluation.

 

HB 288

Del. Dan Morhaim

Health Occupations - Power of Secretary of Health - Boards and Commissions

Authorizing the Secretary of Health to vacate or modify to reduce the severity of any decision or determination made by a health occupations board or commission regarding disciplinary action taken against an individual licensed or certified by the board or commission; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations (3/16)

Position:
Oppose

Comment:
Permits the Secretary of Health to repeal or change any disciplinary decision made by a health occupations board against a licensed or certified individual. As in previous years, the health profession associations will oppose giving the Secretary this level of power over Board decisions.

 

HB 490 (SB 163)

Del. Clarence Lam et al.

Public Health - Community Health Workers - Advisory Committee and Certification

Establishing the State Community Health Worker Advisory Committee to advise the Maryland Department of Health on certain matters relating to the certification and training of community health workers; requiring the Department to adopt certain regulations for accrediting certified community health worker training programs; providing that, subject to a certain exception, a certified community health worker training program must be approved by the Department before operating in the State; etc.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 3/29 at 1:00 p.m. (3/21)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
Amendments add two members to the advisory committee and requires that the social worker member have experience in community health; require the advisory committee to seek input from the various organizations in advising the department; remove the criminal background check requirement; require currently operating training programs to apply for accreditation; require regulations to establish a process for current community health workers to be exempt from the training requirement; and require the department to establish a deadline by which a community health worker must be certified.

 

SB 163 (HB 490)

Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam et al.

Public Health – Community Health Workers – Advisory Committee and Certification


Committees:
Finance

Status:
Second Reading Passed with Amendments (3/30)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 902 (SB 1028)

Del. Bonnie Cullison et al.

Health Occupations - Conversion Therapy for Minors - Prohibition (Youth Mental Health Protection Act)

Prohibiting certain mental health or child care practitioners from engaging in conversion therapy with individuals who are minors; providing that a certain mental health or child care practitioner who engages in conversion therapy with a minor shall be considered to have engaged in unprofessional conduct subject to disciplinary action; defining "conversion therapy" as a practice or treatment by a mental health or child care practitioner that seeks to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 3/01 at 1:00 p.m. (2/14)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Prohibits a licensed or certified mental health or child care practitioner from engaging in “conversion therapy” with a minor. Conversion therapy is a practice or treatment that seeks to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. A practitioner who violates the bill is subject to discipline by his or her licensing/certifying board. The bill also prohibits state funds from being used, directly or indirectly, to refer or conduct conversion therapy.

 

SB 1028 (HB 902)

Sen. Richard Madaleno et al.

Health Occupations - Conversion Therapy for Minors - Prohibition (Youth Mental Health Protection Act)

synopsis same as CF HB 902

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Rereferred to Health and Government Operations (3/30)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

HB 1096

Del. Jeff Waldstreicher et al.

State Government - Veteran Employment and Transition Success Program

Establishing the Veteran Employment and Transition Success Program to provide grants to assist transitioning veterans in obtaining a certification, license, or registration under the Health Occupations Article; requiring the Department of Veterans Affairs to adopt certain regulations; establishing the Veteran Employment and Transition Success Fund; etc.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Hearing 3/29 at 1:00 p.m. (3/22)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
As amended, the bill creates a Veteran Employment and Transition Success Fund with no funding provided. The purpose of the fund is to provide grants to transitioning veterans seeking a certification, license, or registration under the health occupations article.

 

HB 1597

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 on an applicant's criminal history if a certain period of time has passed since the applicant's conviction for any crime under certain circumstances; and providing for the application of the Act.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Hearing 3/29 at 1:00 p.m. (3/27)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
Specifies that certain departments that issue occupational licensed and certificates, including MDH, cannot deny an occupational license or certificate to an applicant if 5 years or more have passed since the applicant had a conviction for a crime with some exceptions.

 

HB 1802

Del. Sheree Sample-Hughes

Health Occupations - Licensees, Registrants, and Certificate Holders - Online Listing

Requiring certain health occupations boards to publish on their websites a list of each person issued a license, registration, or certificate by the health occupations board that is accurate and up to date and able to be organized by county or zip code.

Committees:
Rules and Executive Nominations

Status:
First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations (3/5)

Position:


Comment:
Requires each health occupation board that issues a license, registration, or certificate to publish on its website the list of licensees, certificate holders, etc. The list must be accurate and up to date; and able to be organized by county or zip code.

 

 

School SW

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 1098 (SB 515)

Del. Marc Korman et al.

Career and Technology Education and Workforce Investment Act

Authorizing, instead of requiring, an appropriation for the Commission for the Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship; establishing the Career and Technology Education Grant Program to provide grants for the capital equipping of school facilities used to provide a certain career and technology program; requiring the Interagency Committee on School Construction to implement and administer the Program; terminating certain provisions of the Act after June 30, 2026; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations; Ways and Means

Status:
Hearing 2/20 at 1:00 p.m. (Appropriations) (2/14)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

SB 515 (HB 1098)

Sen. Ulysses Currie et al.

Career and Technology Education and Workforce Investment Act


Committees:
Appropriations; Ways and Means

Status:
Hearing 3/20 at 1:15 p.m. (Appropriations) (3/19)

Position:
Support

Comment:
As amended, the bill allows MSDE to use federal funds for this new Program.

 

HB 1234 (SB 618)

Del. Luke Clippinger et al.

Career Youth Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship in State Employment Opportunity Act

Prohibiting institutions of higher education from referring to a noncredit or credit course as an apprenticeship or apprenticeship training course unless the course is part of a certain registered apprenticeship training program; requiring the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning to partner with certain State departments to create certain apprenticeship programs to address workforce shortages; requiring the Division to make a certain annual report to the General Assembly by June 30; etc.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; Finance

Status:
First Reading Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs and Finance (3/19)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

SB 618 (HB 1234)

Sen. Katherine Klausmeier et al.

Career Youth and Public Sector Apprenticeship Act


Committees:
Appropriations; Ways and Means

Status:
Hearing 3/29 at 1:00 p.m. (Ways and Means) (3/20)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

HB 1601

Del. Jheanelle Wilkins

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 and offer training to assist schools with a trauma- informed approach 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 the trauma-informed approach guidelines to each local school system and to publish the guidelines on the Department's website.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

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

Position:


Comment:
As amended, requires the Department of Education, in consultation with the Department of Health and Department of Human services, to establish trauma-informed approach guidelines to schools to help identify, understand, and respond to students, teachers, or staff members with symptoms of chronic interpersonal trauma or traumatic stress.

 

HB 1811

Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo

Education - Threat Assessment Teams - Establishment and Oversight

Requiring the State Department of Education to develop a certain model policy for the establishment of a threat assessment team by January 1, 2019; requiring a certain model policy to include certain policies and procedures; requiring each county board of education to establish at least one threat assessment team in the local school system beginning in the 2019-2020 school year; requiring, beginning January 1, 2021, that each threat assessment team report annually quantitative data on its activities to a certain individual and to certain entities; etc.

Committees:
Rules and Executive Nominations

Status:
Referred House Rules and Executive Nominations (3/6)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 1263

Sen. Steve Waugh et al.

Public Safety – School Mental Health Services and Mental Disorder Weapon Restraining Order (School Safety Act of 2018: Anticipation)

Altering a certain prohibition on making certain threats to commit or cause to be committed a crime of violence; requiring the State Department of Education to develop a certain model policy for the establishment of a threat assessment team by January 1, 2019; authorizing a certain petitioner, under certain circumstances, to file a petition for a certain restraining order alleging that, due to a mental disorder, a certain respondent is a danger to self or the person or property of another; etc.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 3/23 at 11:30 a.m. (Judicial Proceedings) (3/21)

Position:


Comment:
NASW submitted a letter of concern.

 

 

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