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Aging

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:
First Reading Health and Government Operations (2/2)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 956

Del. Dana Stein et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2016: HB 495 -

Civil Action - Offense Against Vulnerable or Elderly Adult

Authorizing a victim of a certain offense to bring a civil action for treble damages against a certain person; establishing that a certain criminal conviction is not a prerequisite for maintenance of an action under the Act; providing for the recovery of reasonable attorney's fees and court costs in an action brought under the Act; and applying the Act prospectively.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 2/14 at 1:00 p.m. (2/5)

Position:


Comment:

 

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:
First Reading Health and Government Operations (2/7)

Position:


Comment:

 

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:


Comment:

 

HB 1209

Del. Susie Proctor et al.

Public Safety – Silver Alert Program – Pedestrians and Case Status (Eula’s Law)

Clarifying that the Silver Alert Program applies to an individual who is believed to be either traveling in a vehicle or on foot; and requiring the Department of State Police to establish and maintain a publicly accessible online system that reflects, on a continuously updated basis, the status of each active Silver Alert case.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
First Reading Judiciary (2/8)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1215 (SB 630)

Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2017: HB 1599 -
2016: HB 1181 -

Nursing Homes - Partial Payment for Services Provided

Requiring the Maryland Department of Health to make a certain advance payment to a nursing home at the request of the nursing home for uncompensated Maryland Medical Assistance Program services provided to a certain resident; providing that the advance payment may not exceed 50% of the estimated amount due for the uncompensated services; requiring the Department to pay the balance due to a nursing home under certain circumstances; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
First Reading Health and Government Operations (2/8)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 630 (HB 1215)

Sen. Richard Madaleno et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2017: SB 1109 -
2016: SB 939 -

Nursing Homes - Partial Payment for Services Provided

synopsis same as CF HB 1215

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 3/01 at 1:00 p.m. (2/7)

Position:


Comment:
Requires the Department of Health, at the request of a nursing home, to make an advance payment for Medicaid services provided to a resident whose Medicaid eligibility has not been determined within 90 days of filing an application. An advance payment may not exceed 50% of the estimated amount due for uncompensated services. If the resident is found eligible for Medicaid, the Department must pay the balance due to the nursing home. If the resident is ineligible for Medicaid, the Department must recover any advance payments made by reducing payments due to the nursing home.

 

HB 1299

Del. Clarence Lam et al.

Nursing Facilities - Discharge Plans - Review and Signature Requirement

Requiring that a certain social worker, nurse, nurse practitioner, physician's assistant, or physician review and sign a certain discharge plan for a resident of a nursing facility before the nursing facility discharges the resident.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
First Reading Health and Government Operations (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

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:
First Reading Judiciary (2/9)

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:
First Reading Health and Government Operations (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

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 3/01 at 1:00 p.m. (2/7)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 4

Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

Department of Aging - Study of Nursing Home Quality of Care

Requiring the Department of Aging to study the quality of care in nursing homes in Maryland; requiring the Department to review, assess, and examine certain matters related to the quality of care in nursing homes; and requiring the Department to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before December 1, 2018.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 2/01 at 1:00 p.m. (1/10)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
Requires the Department of Aging to study the quality of care in Maryland nursing homes and report the findings and recommendations by December 1, 2018. The study would include the number and types of reported complaints on patient care; results of scheduled and unscheduled inspections; number and compensation of inspectors; efforts nursing homes have taken to address complaints to comply with findings. The sponsor is willing to move the study requirement from MDoA to the MD Health Department.

 

SB 386

Sen. James Mathias et al.

Maryland Nursing Home Resident Protection Act of 2018

Requiring the Maryland Department of Health to investigate certain complaints against certain nursing homes within 48 hours of receiving a complaint; requiring the Department to make a certain 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:
Finance

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

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
Sets time limits for the Department of Health to investigate nursing home complaints, requires the department to track and post data regarding long-term care surveyors and departmental response times to complaints, and requires the department to increase the number of long term-care surveyors within the Office of Health Care Quality.

 

SB 409

Sen. Barbara Robinson et al.

Task Force to Study the Residential Environment of Seniors in Baltimore City

Establishing the Task Force to Study the Residential Environment of Seniors in Baltimore City; providing for the composition, chair, and staffing of the Task Force; requiring the Task Force to study certain issues and make certain recommendations related to the improvement of the residential environment of seniors living in Baltimore City; requiring the Task Force to make a certain report to certain persons on or before December 1, 2018; etc.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Hearing 2/13 at 1:00 p.m. (1/26)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Requires a study of the rent policies of senior residential buildings or communities, the safety and security inside and outside of senior residential buildings, and the activities and recreational programs offered to residents of senior residential buildings and communities. Requires recommendations to improve the environment of seniors living in Baltimore City.

 

 

Behavioral Health

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 33

Del. Clarence Lam

Guardianship of Disabled Persons - Voluntary Admission to Mental Facility

Authorizing a certain disabled person to apply for voluntary admission to a mental facility under certain circumstances; providing that a certain certificate for admission of a disabled person shall be based on a certain examination and be in the form that the Secretary of Health adopts by rule or regulation; requiring the rules and regulations to require certain contents of the form; prohibiting a certificate from being used for admission under certain circumstances; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Favorable with Amendments Report by Health and Government Operations (2/13)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 111 (SB 233)

Del. Erek Barron et al.

Maryland Department of Health - Defendants Found Incompetent to Stand Trial or Not Criminally Responsible - Commitment

Requiring a court to enter a certain commitment order if the court makes a certain finding; requiring the Maryland Department of Health to facilitate the immediate placement of certain defendants in a certain facility on or before a certain date specified in a commitment order and to provide certain notification to the court; establishing a rebuttable presumption of contempt under certain circumstances; providing that a lack of available beds in a certain facility is not sufficient reason for not making a certain placement; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 1/23 at 1:00 p.m. (1/12)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 233 (HB 111)

Sen. Thomas Middleton

Maryland Department of Health - Defendants Found Incompetent to Stand Trial or Not Criminally Responsible - Commitment

synopsis same as CF HB 111

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 2/07 at 1:00 p.m. (1/24)

Position:


Comment:
This bill creates additional pressure for the Maryland Department of Health to transfer individuals in detention to State facilities when they are found incompetent to stand trial or not criminally responsible due to an intellectual disability or mental illness.
The bill requires the courts to issue court orders to the Department of Health under these circumstances and if the person is not transferred by the deadline in the court order, there is be a presumption of contempt and requirements for the Department to appear in court. The bill also provides for sanctions, fines, and allows the courts to require the Department to reimburse detention centers when defendants remain in their custody.

 

HB 479 (SB 1066)

Del. Nick Mosby et al.

Juvenile Law - Lead Testing and Behavioral Health Assessment

Requiring, instead of authorizing, the juvenile court to order a child to undergo blood lead level testing if the child's parent or guardian consents; requiring, instead of authorizing, the juvenile court to direct the Department of Juvenile Services or another qualified agency to make a certain study concerning the child; requiring that, as part of the study, the Department conduct a comprehensive behavioral health assessment of the child; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

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

Position:


Comment:
The bill requires lead testing, with parental consent, of a juvenile in detention, community detention, or shelter care. It also mandates a study of the child (now optional) and adds that a behavioral health assessment be included. DJS is concerned about the cost impact of providing these evaluations and tests for every youth.

 

SB 1066 (HB 479)

Sen. Joan Conway et al.

Juvenile Law - Lead Testing and Behavioral Health Assessment

synopsis same as CF HB 479

Committees:


Status:
First Reading Senate Rules (2/7)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 499

Del. Nicholaus Kipke et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2017: HB 1009 -

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 experienced a drug overdose 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 who have experienced a drug overdose; altering the circumstances under which a court is required to endorse a petition for an emergency evaluation; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 2/27 at 1:00 p.m. (2/7)

Position:


Comment:
The bill expands the criteria for involuntary admission to an inpatient facility and the criteria for a petition for an emergency evaluation to admit adults who have experienced a drug overdose and have health insurance coverage under their parent’s plan.

 

HB 771

Del. Andrew Cassilly et al.

Public Health - Opioid Overdoses - Prohibition and Rehabilitation Order

Prohibiting an individual from overdosing on an opioid and requiring and receiving an opioid overdose reversal drug from a certain first responder as a consequence of the overdose; requiring a first responder who successfully administers an opioid overdose reversal drug to a certain individual to provide the individual with a referral to receive certain treatment and to issue the individual a certain rehabilitation order; establishing a certain penalty for a violation of certain provisions of the Act; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations; Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 2/27 at 1:00 p.m. (Health and Government Operations) (2/7)

Position:


Comment:
Prohibits someone who overdoses to receive naloxone from a first responder [This may be a drafting error - it conflicts with the rest of the bill]. Makes it a civil penalty for someone to overdose. First responder who administers naloxone must issue a rehabilitation order which includes a civil fine. The court may use its contempt power to enforce an order issued under this section if the individual fails to pay the civil penalty or obtain treatment for opioid use disorder. An individual held in contempt of a court is subject to not less than 30 days imprisonment.

 

HB 1092 (SB 703)

Del. Samuel Rosenberg et al.

Behavioral Health Crisis Response Grant Program – Establishment

Establishing the Behavioral Health Crisis Response Grant Program to provide funds to local jurisdictions to establish and expand community behavioral health crisis response systems; authorizing certain uses of funds distributed under the Program; requiring the Department, by December 1 each year, beginning in 2020, to report to the Governor and the General Assembly certain data regarding the Program; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations; Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 2/27 at 1:00 p.m. (Health and Government Operations) (2/7)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 703 (HB 1092)

Sen. Katherine Klausmeier

Behavioral Health Crisis Response Grant Program – Establishment

Committees:
Finance

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

Position:


Comment:
The bill creates the Behavioral Health Crisis Response Grant Program. This is a priority bill from the Behavioral Health Coalition. The bill mandates an increasing amount of funding from $2 million in FY 2020 to $10 million in FY 2024.

 

HB 1130

Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith et al.

Residential Treatment Centers - Mandatory Reporting of Inappropriate Sexual Behavior

Requiring that certain residential treatment centers be subject to certain reporting requirements regarding inappropriate sexual behavior established by the Maryland Department of Health under certain regulations; and defining "inappropriate sexual behavior".

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
First Reading Health and Government Operations (2/8)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1159 (SB 66)

Del. Pat Young et al.

Health - Vital Statistics - Veteran Suicide Reporting

Altering the information that is required on a certificate of death to include, under certain circumstances, whether the decedent was ever a member of the armed forces of the United States; requiring the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health to publish an annual report on veteran suicide; limiting the information in the report to the age, sex, race or ethnicity, and the method of suicide of the veteran; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
First Reading Health and Government Operations (2/8)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 66 (HB 1159)

Sen. Bryan Simonaire et al.

Health – Vital Statistics – Veteran and Armed Services Member Suicide Reporting

synopsis same as CF HB 1159

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
First Reading Health and Government Operations (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1271

Del. Mike McKay

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 a certain child whose parent has been found guilty of possession of an opioid; requiring a court to make a referral to a local department for an assessment of the risk of harm to and safety of a child under certain circumstances; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
First Reading Health and Government Operations (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1289

Del. Clarence Lam et al.

Correctional Services - Arrested Persons - Mental Disorder Screenings

Requiring the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and the Maryland Department of Health jointly to establish a uniform mental disorder screening procedure for screening arrested persons; establishing certain requirements for a mental disorder screening test; requiring that each arrested person detained or confined in a correctional facility be screened for a mental disorder as soon as possible, except under certain circumstances; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
First Reading Judiciary (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

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 directory information about a patient to the Mental Health Division in the Office of the Public Defender if the patient is involuntarily admitted or admitted to the facility as a certain committed person; requiring a health care provider to disclose a medical record for a certain patient or recipient of certain services without the authorization of a person in interest to legal counsel for the patient or recipient in connection with or for use in certain proceedings; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
First Reading Health and Government Operations (2/9)

Position:


Comment:
Requires a health care provider to disclose directory information about a patient to the Mental Health Division in the Office of the Public Defender if the patient is involuntarily admitted or found incompetent to stand trial.

Also requires a health care provider to disclose medical records to legal counsel without a person’s permission for involuntary admission proceedings or a release proceeding.

The bill only applies to admissions and releases for individuals with mental health conditions and does not include intellectual disabilities.

 

SB 864 (HB 1392)

Sen. Delores Kelley et al.

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


Committees:
Finance

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

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1505

Del. Samuel Rosenberg

Health - Psychiatric Hospitals - Units Licensed as Assisted Living Facilities

Requiring certain hospitals that provide certain services in a unit that is licensed as an assisted living program to authorize certain patients to seek insurance reimbursement for certain services, bill certain patients in a certain manner, and provide certain staff assistance; and requiring the Office of Health Care Quality, on or before December 30, 2018, to make a certain report to certain committees of the General Assembly.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
First Reading Health and Government Operations (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1531 (SB 921)

Del. Seth Howard et al.

Task Force on the Premature Discharge of Patients With Substance Use Disorders

Establishing the Task Force on the Premature Discharge of Patients With Substance Use Disorders to study certain practices and procedures at certain facilities and to make recommendations on necessary changes to improve patient treatment, training for staff, and reporting on early patient discharge; requiring the Task Force to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before January 1, 2019; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
First Reading Health and Government Operations (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 921 (HB 1531)

Sen. Stephen Hershey

Task Force on the Premature Discharge of Patients With Substance Use Disorders


Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 3/01 at 1:00 p.m. (2/7)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1577

Del. Clarence Lam et al.

Human Services - Family Navigation Services - Provision and Funding

Requiring the Governor's Office for Children to fund family navigation services to support parents and other caregivers of children or youth with behavioral health needs or developmental disabilities and to address certain other priorities concerning children and youth; specifying that the services be provided by certain family navigators as determined by local management boards; requiring the Governor to include an appropriation of not less than $1,665,915 for the services in the annual budget each fiscal year; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations

Status:
First Reading Appropriations (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1635 (SB 947)

Del. Dan Morhaim et al.

Mental Health Law - Involuntary Admissions - Requirements and Procedures

Requiring the Maryland Department of Health to provide for admission of a certain emergency evaluee to a certain State facility or other certain facility within 6 hours after notification; and 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 certain grounds.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
First Reading Health and Government Operations (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 947 (HB 1635)

Sen. Jim Rosapepe

Mental Health Law - Involuntary Admissions - Requirements and Procedures

synopsis same as CF HB 1635

Committees:
Finance

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

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.

 

SB 911

Sen. Steve Waugh et al.

Veteran Suicide Prevention - Comprehensive Action Plan

Requiring the Department of Veterans Affairs to develop a certain action plan to increase access to and the availability of professional veteran health services to prevent veteran suicides; requiring the plan to address certain matters; requiring the Department to collaborate with interested parties in developing the plan; requiring the Department to implement certain initiatives and reforms by June 30, 2022, and June 30, 2028; terminating the Act after June 30, 2028; etc.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Hearing 3/06 at 1:00 p.m. (2/7)

Position:


Comment:

 

 

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:
Returned Passed (2/9)

Position:
Support

Comment:
This bill has passed the House and Senate and will be signed into law by the Governor this week!

 

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:
Judiciary

Status:
Third Reading Passed (133-0) (2/9)

Position:
Support

Comment:
This bill has passed the House and Senate and will be signed into law by the Governor this week!

 

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:
Hearing 1/25 at 1:00 p.m. (1/11)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
Amending a law passed last year that NASW supported, 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 to the Child Care Subsidy Program each fiscal year; requiring the Governor to appropriate funds in the State budget to increase the Child Care Subsidy Program reimbursement rates to a certain amount in certain fiscal years; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations

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

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

SB 379 (HB 430)

Sen. Nancy King et al.

Education - Child Care Subsidies - Mandatory Funding Levels

synopsis same as CF HB 430

Committees:
Budget and Taxation

Status:
Hearing 2/14 at 1:00 p.m. (1/25)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

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 certain foster care recipients and unaccompanied homeless youth through training leading to certain credentials; 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 departments of social services and local workforce development boards; establishing certain eligibility requirements; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations

Status:
Hearing 2/20 at 1:00 p.m. (2/7)

Position:


Comment:
Seeking more details about this bill.

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.

 

SB 308 (HB 431)

President et al.

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

synopsis same as CF HB 431

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 2/15 at 1:00 p.m. (1/31)

Position:


Comment:
Seeking more details about this bill.

 

HB 454 (SB 490)

Del. David Moon et al.

Child Abuse and Neglect - Disclosure of Identifying Information and Investigations

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 a local department to open an investigation of child abuse or neglect if the local department is prevented from accessing a certain child while providing a certain assessment; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

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

Position:
Support with Amendment

Comment:
Advocates agree to increasing to 12 years instead of 20; and remove the requirement that an investigation be triggered if access to the home is denied.

1) Requires a court to provide the Secretary of Health with identifying information on an individual who has been convicted of murder, attempted murder, or manslaughter of a child. 2) Increases the look back time period under which the Secretary of Health must provide birth record information to Social Services for a child born to an individual whose parental rights have been terminated or who has been convicted of murder, attempted murder, or manslaughter of a child, from the previous 5 to 20 years. 3) Requires local social services departments to investigate cases where they are prevented access to a child born to parents who have had had their parental rights terminated due to abuse or neglect, or have been convicted of murder, attempted murder, or manslaughter of a child.

 

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:
Judicial Proceedings

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

Position:
Support with Amendment

Comment:

 

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:
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

synopsis same as CF HB 500

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
First Reading Judiciary (2/9)

Position:
Support

Comment:
The bill makes it a misdemeanor for a mandated reporter to knowingly fail to provide a notice or report of suspected child abuse or neglect if they have actual knowledge of the abuse or neglect or they have witnessed it. This only applies if the failure to report is during the time the child is a minor.

 

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

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

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

synopsis same as CF HB 524

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 2/08 at 1:00 p.m. (1/24)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 600 (SB 131)

Del. Susan McComas et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2017: HB 1198 -

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:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 2/08 at 1:00 p.m. (1/26)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

SB 131 (HB 600)

Sen. Bobby Zirkin et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2017: SB 679 -

Child Abuse and Neglect - Training

synopsis same as CF HB 600

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 716 (SB 266)

Del. Robbyn Lewis et al.

Maryland Health Care Commission - Mortality Rates of African American Infants and Infants in Rural Areas - Study

Requiring the Maryland Health Care Commission, in consultation with the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities and interested stakeholders, to conduct a study on the mortality rates of African American infants and infants in rural areas; requiring the Commission to examine certain factors; requiring the Commission to report its findings and recommendations, including draft legislation establishing a permanent council on infant mortality in the State, to certain committees of the General Assembly by June 30, 2019; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 2/20 at 1:00 p.m. (2/7)

Position:
Tbd

Comment:

 

SB 266 (HB 716)

Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam et al.

Maryland Health Care Commission – Mortality Rates of African American Infants and Infants in Rural Areas – Study

synopsis same as CF HB 716

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 2/08 at 1:00 p.m. (1/24)

Position:
Tbd

Comment:
Requires the Maryland Health Care Commission, in consultation with the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities and interested stake holders, to study the mortality rates of African American infants and infants in rural areas.

 

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 to require each employee, student, and volunteer of a public school or a public school program to receive annual training on the prevention, identification, and reporting of certain child sexual abuse; providing for the requirements of the instruction and training; providing that an employee may receive a certain credit for undergoing certain instruction and training; requiring the Governor to include a $500,000 appropriation for fiscal years 2019 through 2024; etc.

Committees:
Ways and Means

Status:
First Reading Ways and Means (2/7)

Position:


Comment:
Each County Board of Education must require each employee, student, and volunteer of a public school or a public school program to receive annual instruction and training on the prevention, identification, and reporting of sexual abuse. The Governor must include at least $500,00 in fiscal years 2019 through 2024 to support the development, evaluation, and implementation of the instruction and training.

 

HB 1271

Del. Mike McKay

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 a certain child whose parent has been found guilty of possession of an opioid; requiring a court to make a referral to a local department for an assessment of the risk of harm to and safety of a child under certain circumstances; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
First Reading Health and Government Operations (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1386

Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith et al.

Public Schools - Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline - Sign

Requiring public schools to post conspicuously a sign in a certain area of the school that contains the telephone number of the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline; and requiring a public school to display a certain sign in certain languages.

Committees:
Ways and Means

Status:
First Reading Ways and Means (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1432

Del. Pam Queen et al.

Food Stamp Program - Summer Supplement for Children - Pilot Program

Requiring the State to provide, in Garrett County, Kent County, and Talbot County, a summer supplement of $30 per child, per month for June, July, and August, to a household that receives a federally funded benefit under the food stamp program; requiring the Department of Human Services to measure certain effects and annually report to the Governor and the General Assembly; requiring the Governor to appropriate $350,000 for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 for the summer supplement, measuring, and reporting; terminating the Act; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations

Status:
First Reading Appropriations (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1507

Del. Angela Angel

Compulsory School Attendance - Truancy Violations - Reporting of Neglect

Requiring a school employee to report any person to the local department of social services for neglect of a child if the person has legal custody or care and control of a child who is between certain ages and fails to see that the child attends school or receives certain instruction; repealing certain provisions of law providing a criminal penalty for certain persons; etc.

Committees:
Ways and Means

Status:
First Reading Ways and Means (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

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:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
First Reading Health and Government Operations (2/9)

Position:


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:
Finance

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

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1571

Del. C. Wilson et al.

Education - Child Sexual Abuse Prevention - Employment Process

Requiring a county board of education 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 or contracting agency to conduct a certain review of the employment history of a certain applicant; requiring the county board or contracting agency to check certain eligibility of a certain applicant; providing that a certain applicant shall be subject to certain discipline under certain circumstances; etc.

Committees:
Ways and Means

Status:
First Reading Ways and Means (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1582

Del. C. Wilson

Human Services - Children in Out-of-Home Placement - Centralized Comprehensive Health Care Monitoring Program

Establishing a State Medical Director for Children in Out-of-Home Placement in the Department of Human Services; providing for the appointment of the State Medical Director; establishing certain qualifications for the State Medical Director; establishing certain responsibilities of the State Medical Director; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations; Health and Government Operations

Status:
First Reading Appropriations and Health and Government Operations (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

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:
First Reading Judiciary (2/9)

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:
Appropriations

Status:
First Reading Appropriations (1/24)

Position:
Support

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 412

Sen. Barbara Robinson

Task Force on Baltimore City Department of Social Services Oversight

Establishing the Task Force on Baltimore City Department of Social Services Oversight; providing for the composition, chair, and staffing of the Task Force; requiring the Task Force to study certain matters, collect certain data, and make certain recommendations; requiring the Task Force to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before December 1, 2019; etc.

Committees:
Finance

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

Position:
Tbd

Comment:
Seeking possible amendment re: workforce qualifications.

 

This is a poorly written bill that refers inappropriately to “social workers” in an assumption that is the main workforce in BCDSS. If it appears there is interest in this bill, NASW will work to amend it.

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:
Monitor

Comment:

 

SB 787

Sen. Bryan Simonaire et al.

Children in Out-of-Home Placement - Rights

Requiring the Social Services Administration of the Department of Human Services to provide, at least one time each year, to a child who is at least 13 years old information regarding the rights of a child in an out-of-home placement.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

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

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

Position:
Support

Comment:
The bill add 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 291

Del. Pam Queen et al.

Correctional Services - Inmate Case Record - Educational, Vocational, and Job History

Requiring the Division of Correction to conduct a certain educational, vocational, and job history interview for each inmate as soon as feasible after the individual is sentenced to the jurisdiction of the Division; and requiring the Division to include the results of a certain educational, vocational, and job history interview in certain inmate case records.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 1/30 at 1:00 p.m. (1/19)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 479 (SB 1066)

Del. Nick Mosby et al.

Juvenile Law - Lead Testing and Behavioral Health Assessment

Requiring, instead of authorizing, the juvenile court to order a child to undergo blood lead level testing if the child's parent or guardian consents; requiring, instead of authorizing, the juvenile court to direct the Department of Juvenile Services or another qualified agency to make a certain study concerning the child; requiring that, as part of the study, the Department conduct a comprehensive behavioral health assessment of the child; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

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

Position:


Comment:
The bill requires lead testing, with parental consent, of a juvenile in detention, community detention, or shelter care. It also mandates a study of the child (now optional) and adds that a behavioral health assessment be included. DJS is concerned about the cost impact of providing these evaluations and tests for every youth.

 

SB 1066 (HB 479)

Sen. Joan Conway et al.

Juvenile Law - Lead Testing and Behavioral Health Assessment

synopsis same as CF HB 479

Committees:


Status:
First Reading Senate Rules (2/7)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 555 (SB 257)

Del. Charles Sydnor

Juvenile Law - Records - Juveniles Charged as Adults

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; and repealing provisions of law relating to the expungement of criminal charges transferred to the juvenile court.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 2/08 at 1:00 p.m. (1/26)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 786 (SB 539)

Del. Jazz Lewis 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:
Judiciary

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

Position:
Support

Comment:
This bill limits the amount of time an individual could be held in solitary confinement.

 

SB 539 (HB 786)

Sen. Susan Lee et al.

Correctional Services – Restrictive Housing – Limitations

synopsis same as CF HB 786

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

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

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

HB 787 (SB 629)

Del. Kathleen Dumais et al.

Correctional Facilities - Pregnant Inmates - Medical Care

Requiring each local correctional facility and each correctional facility in the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to have a policy in place regarding the medical care of pregnant inmates that addresses certain matters; requiring the managing official of each correctional facility to provide the written policy to an inmate at a certain time; requiring the Maryland Commission on Correctional Standards to review each correctional facility's policy during regular inspections; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

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

Position:


Comment:
Requires correctional facilities to have a written policy in place regarding medical care for pregnant inmates, and provide it to an inmate at the time of a positive pregnancy test result. The Maryland Commission on Correctional Standards must review each facility’s policy during regular inspections.

 

SB 629 (HB 787)

Sen. Delores Kelley et al.

Correctional Facilities - Pregnant Inmates - Medical Care


Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

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

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 797 (SB 598)

Del. Pam Queen et al.

Correctional Services - Inmates - Menstrual Hygiene Products

Requiring each local correctional facility and each correctional facility in the Division of Correction to have a written policy and procedure in place requiring that menstrual hygiene products be provided at no cost to a certain inmate at certain times; requiring the managing official of a correctional facility to ensure that the correctional facility has a sufficient supply of menstrual hygiene products to meet the needs of the inmate population at all times; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

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

Position:


Comment:
Requires correctional facilities to provide menstrual hygiene products at no cost to a female inmate on admission, a routine basis, and on request.

 

SB 598 (HB 797)

Sen. Susan Lee et al.

Correctional Services - Inmates - Menstrual Hygiene Products

synopsis same as CF HB 797

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

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

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 827 (SB 669)

Del. Chris West

Juvenile Law - Juvenile Diversion Program

Authorizing a court exercising criminal jurisdiction in a certain case involving a child to suspend the sentence and place the child under the supervision of the Department of Juvenile Services for not longer than 18 months for enrollment in the Juvenile Diversion Program established by the Act; requiring the Program to provide an alternative to imprisonment for a child placed under the supervision of the Department; requiring the Program to provide certain services to each child enrolled; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

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

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 669 (HB 827)

Sen. James Brochin et al.

Juvenile Law - Juvenile Diversion Program


Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 3/06 at 1:00 p.m. (2/7)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 859

Del. Luke Clippinger

Juvenile Law - Transfer of Cases to Juvenile Court

Requiring a certain transfer hearing to be held within a certain period of time, except under certain circumstances; authorizing a county administrative judge or a designee of the judge to grant an extension for a transfer hearing under certain circumstances; and requiring the county administrative judge or the judge's designee to state on the record the cause that required the extension and the length of the extension; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

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

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1023 (SB 861)

Del. Luke Clippinger et al.

Juvenile Law – Witnesses – Body Attachment

Authorizing the juvenile court, in a certain case in which jurisdiction is transferred from a court exercising criminal jurisdiction, to issue body attachments for witnesses as provided by a certain Maryland Rule.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 2/22 at 1:00 p.m. (2/6)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 861 (HB 1023)

Sen. Bill Ferguson

Juvenile Law - Witnesses - Body Attachment

synopsis same as CF HB 1023

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 3/06 at 1:00 p.m. (2/7)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1244 (SB 657)

Del. Shelly Hettleman et al.

Workgroup on Establishing an Independent School Board for the Juvenile Services Education System

Establishing a Workgroup on Establishing an Independent School Board for the Juvenile Services Education System to determine whether to create an independent school board for the Juvenile Services Education System and identify ways to reform and improve juvenile education services; requiring the Workgroup to convene on or before September 1, 2018; requiring the Workgroup to submit a certain report to the Governor and the General Assembly in a certain format by December 20, 2019; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary; Ways and Means

Status:
Hearing 2/22 at 1:00 p.m. (Judiciary) (2/8)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 657 (HB 1244)

Sen. Delores Kelley et al.

Workgroup on Establishing an Independent School Board for the Juvenile Services Education System


Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

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

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1524

Del. Luke Clippinger et al.

Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council

Establishing the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council; providing for the composition, chair, and staffing of the Council; prohibiting a member of the Council from receiving certain compensation, but authorizing the reimbursement of certain expenses; specifying the duties of the Council; authorizing the Council to request certain technical assistance; requiring the Council to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before December 31, 2019; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
First Reading Judiciary (2/9)

Position:


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:
First Reading Judiciary (2/9)

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:
Hearing 3/06 at 1:00 p.m. (2/7)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1607

Del. Eric Luedtke

Education - Juvenile Services Education Programs - Management and Operation

Establishing the Juvenile Services Education County Pilot Program; requiring the Program to begin in the 2018-2019 school year; providing for the purpose of the Program; requiring the State Department of Education, after consultation with certain county boards of education, to identify a certain number of juvenile services education programs in certain locations to participate in the Program; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary; Ways and Means

Status:
First Reading Ways and Means and Judiciary (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

 

Misc

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 160 (SB 185)

The Speaker et al.

Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2019)

Making the proposed appropriations contained in the State Budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, in accordance with Article III, Section 52 of the Maryland Constitution; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations

Status:
First Reading Appropriations (1/17)

Position:

Comment:
The full list of budget hearings can be found here: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmbgtnfiscal.aspx?pid=bnfpage&stab=01&id=sk001_tab01&tab=subject4&ys=2018RS

Preliminary Budget Information:

- 2% rate increase for community-based behavioral health providers

- An additional $1.9 million is included in FY 2019 to expand senior care programs and enable an estimated 700 seniors to remain in their homes and communities. The budget also includes funding for a new Senior Call-Check Service and Notification Program, which will provide automated calls to seniors at a regularly scheduled time to help them remain safe in their homes and inform them about available support services.

- Nine new positions in the Office of Health Care Quality and enhancement funding for investigations of neglect and harm at nursing homes and other health care facilities

- $1.9 million to provide a 1% rate increase for out-of-home residential services for children and foster care placements

- TDAP grants increase by $10/month

- Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Program grows by $3.5 million to $9 million (public dollars to private schools)

 

HB 161 (SB 187)

The Speaker et al.

Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2018

Authorizing or altering the distribution of certain revenue; altering or repealing certain required appropriations; repealing a requirement that the Comptroller pay certain amounts from a certain Special Fund for a certain purpose; reducing the maximum amount of certain teacher or school employee stipends; providing a certain amount of aid to certain institutions of higher education in accordance with a certain action by the Board of Public Works; altering certain rate increases for community service providers; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations

Status:
Hearing 3/02 at 1:00 p.m. (2/7)

Position:


Comment:
This is the bill that reduces what was a 3.5% provider rate increase to 2% for community-based behavioral health providers.

 

SB 187 (HB 161)

President et al.

Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2018

synopsis same as CF HB 161

Committees:
Budget and Taxation

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

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 562 (SB 530)

Del. Karen Young et al.

Hospitals - Patient's Bill of Rights

Requiring each administrator of a hospital to provide patients with 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; requiring each administrator of a hospital to conspicuously post copies of the patient's bill of rights on the hospital's website and in areas of the hospital accessible to patients; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 2/20 at 1:00 p.m. (1/31)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
The bill strengthens language regarding the patient’s bill of rights in hospitals and specifies that a patient includes inpatients, outpatients, and emergency services patients.

 

SB 530 (HB 562)

Sen. Ronald Young et al.

Hospitals - Patient's Bill of Rights

synopsis same as CF HB 562

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 2/15 at 1:00 p.m. (1/31)

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 certain 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:
First Reading Health and Government Operations (2/1)

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

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


Committees:
Finance

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

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:
Hearing 2/20 at 1:00 p.m. (2/7)

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 994 (SB 774)

Del. Erek Barron

Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Family Planning Services

Requiring the Maryland Department of Health to apply to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a certain State plan amendment to the Family Planning Program; altering the length of the period for which the Maryland Medical Assistance Program and the Maryland Children's Health Program is required to provide coverage to enrollees for a single dispensing of a supply of prescription contraceptives from 6 to 12 months; requiring the Department to establish a certain workgroup; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
First Reading Health and Government Operations (2/7)

Position:


Comment:
Requires the Department of Health to apply for a state plan amendment to the family planning program that: 1) provides family planning services, subject to state budget limitations, to individuals up to 250% of the poverty level as allowed by federal law, 2) does not impose age limitations on who may receive family planning services, 3) establishes presumptive eligibility for enrollment, and 4) exempts the family planning program from federal coordination of benefits requirements if authorized under federal law.

 

SB 774 (HB 994)

Sen. Joanne Benson

Maryland Medical Assistance Program – Family Planning Services


Committees:
Finance

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

Position:


Comment:

 

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:
First Reading Health and Government Operations (2/8)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Establishes a Drug Cost Review Commission to review prescription drug costs for payors and consumers in the state and to set reimbursement levels in cases where the commission finds costs to be excessive. This is one of the package of bills led by Health Care for All to try to address prescription drug costs.

 

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 1290 (SB 1074)

Del. Sheree Sample-Hughes et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2017: HB 1103 -

Health Insurance and Pharmacy Benefits Managers - Reimbursement for and Provision of Pharmacy Services

Authorizing a pharmacist or a pharmacy to decline to dispense a prescription drug or provide a pharmacy service to a member if the amount reimbursed by an insurer, a nonprofit health service plan, or a health maintenance organization is less than the acquisition cost; prohibiting a pharmacy benefits manager from reimbursing a pharmacy or pharmacist for a product or a pharmacy service in an amount less than the amount the pharmacy benefits manager reimburses itself for the same product or pharmacy service; applying the Act; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
First Reading Health and Government Operations (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 1074 (HB 1290)

Sen. James Mathias

Prior Yr Info:
2017: SB 1055 -

Health Insurance and Pharmacy Benefits Managers - Reimbursement for and Provision of Pharmacy Services

synopsis same as CF HB 1290

Committees:


Status:
First Reading Senate Rules (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1312 (SB 878)

Del. Ariana Kelly et al.

Health Insurance - Medicaid Buy-In Task Force

Establishing the Medicaid Buy-In Task Force; providing for the purpose, 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; authorizing the Secretary of Health to seek and obtain certain grant funding; requiring the Task Force to study and make recommendations on certain matters; terminating the Act after December 31, 2019; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
First Reading Health and Government Operations (2/9)

Position:


Comment:
Creates a Medicaid Buy-In Task Force in the Maryland Department of Health to make recommendations on the feasibility of a Medicaid buy-in program.

 

SB 878 (HB 1312)

Sen. Brian Feldman

Health Insurance - Medicaid Buy-In Task Force

synopsis same as CF HB 1312

Committees:
Finance

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

Position:


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:
First Reading Appropriations (2/9)

Position:


Comment:
Requires the Department of Health, by October 1, 2018, to apply for a federal waiver to implement a demonstration project establishing work or community engagement requirements on all Medicaid eligible able-bodied adult enrollees (does not include those who are Medicaid eligible due to a disability).

 

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:
Hearing 3/14 at 1:00 p.m. (2/7)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1502

Del. Clarence Lam et al.

Maryland Department of Health – Deputy Secretaries – Duties and Qualifications

Establishing oversight responsibilities for the Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health, the Deputy Secretary for Health Care Financing, the Deputy Secretary for Operations, the Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services, and the Deputy Secretary for Developmental Disabilities; providing that the deputy secretaries must have at least 5 years of management experience; requiring the Deputy Secretary for Health Care Financing to make a certain appointment to the State Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
First Reading Health and Government Operations (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1603

Del. Carlo Sanchez et al.

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:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
First Reading Health and Government Operations (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1615

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 eligibility for the Program; requiring an application for the Program to include a certain medical report; establishing certain restrictions on the length of eligibility periods; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations

Status:
First Reading Appropriations (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 284

Sen. Thomas Middleton et al.

Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Dental Coverage for Adults

Requiring the Maryland Medical Assistance Program, under certain circumstances, to provide limited dental coverage for certain adults beginning on January 1, 2020, and subject to certain limitations; requiring the Maryland Department of Health, in consultation with certain stakeholders, to study and recommend ways to structure adult dental coverage so as to balance fiscal constraints with the dental needs of enrollees; and requiring the Department to report to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before January 1, 2019.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 2/07 at 1:00 p.m. (1/24)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Requires the Maryland Medicaid Program to provide limited dental coverage for adults, beginning January 1, 2020. The benefit would apply to adults whose household income is at or below 133 percent of poverty. This benefit would not apply to existing population groups that are already eligible for comprehensive dental coverage: pregnant women with household incomes at or below 250% of poverty and former foster care youth.

 

 

Private Practice

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 1310

Del. Jefferson Ghrist et al.

Health Insurance - Provider Panels - Procedures and 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:
First Reading Health and Government Operations (2/9)

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 psychological consultation with a certain law enforcement officer; altering an evaluation requirement for police officer certification by allowing an evaluation to be done by a licensed, trained, and qualified mental health professional rather than a psychologist; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Favorable with Amendments Report by Judiciary (2/12)

Position:
Support

Comment:
NASW will provide written testimony in support. The Maryland Psychological Association is not opposed to expanding the clinicians who can conduct police evaluations but want to change the language to be a "mental health" 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:
Hearing 2/01 at 1:00 p.m. (1/24)

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; requiring the 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 community health worker training programs; requiring the Department to adopt regulations relating to the certification of community health workers; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

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

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

SB 163 (HB 490)

Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam et al.

Public Health – Community Health Workers – Advisory Committee and Certification

synopsis same as CF HB 490

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 2/01 at 1:00 p.m. (1/17)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
Establishes a program in which the Department of Health accredits community health worker training programs and certifies community health workers with the advice of a State Community Health Worker Advisory Committee.

 

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:
First Reading Health and Government Operations (2/5)

Position:


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:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

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

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1096

Del. Jeff Waldstreicher et al.

Health Occupations - Mental Health Veteran Employment Pilot Program - Establishment

Establishing the Mental Health Veteran Employment Pilot Program under the State Board of Physicians, the State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists, and the State Board of Examiners of Psychologists to provide veteran mental health specialists with opportunities for training and employment in the civilian sector; requiring the boards, in consultation with the Department of Veterans Affairs, to adopt certain regulations; terminating the Act after September 30, 2022; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

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

Position:


Comment:
Creates the Mental Health Veteran Employment Pilot Program in the Maryland Department of Health to allow veteran mental health specialists to practice certain delegated mental health functions under the direct supervision of a mental health professional. Includes only the following Health Occupation Boards: Physicians, Professional Counselors and Therapists, Psychologists

 

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 unless the department makes a certain determination; repealing a certain provision of law that requires a certain department to consider certain information in making application determinations for occupational licenses or certificates; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
First Reading Judiciary (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

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:
First Reading Judiciary (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

 

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:
Reassigned to Appropriations and Ways and Means (2/9)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

SB 515 (HB 1098)

Sen. Ulysses Currie et al.

Career and Technology Education and Workforce Investment Act

synopsis same as CF HB 1098

Committees:
Budget and Taxation

Status:
Hearing 2/21 at 1:00 p.m. (1/31)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 1203

Del. Keith Haynes et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2017: HB 931 -
2016: HB 18 - Monitor
2015: HB 696 -
2014: HB 1504 -

Maryland Education Opportunity Act of 2018

Exempting recent high school graduates from payment of tuition to attend a community college in the State under certain circumstances; providing a 50% discount on tuition to individuals who do not have a high school diploma or GED and have been unemployed for at least 6 months but who have been seeking employment and who are attending a community college and seeking vocational certificates or associate's degrees; requiring the State to reimburse community colleges for foregone tuition revenue; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations

Status:
First Reading Appropriations (2/8)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1234 (SB 618)

Del. Luke Clippinger et al.

Career Youth Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship in State Employment Opportunity Act

Requiring the State Board of Education to require a county board of education to award graduation credit to a high school student who completes certain work-based training or classroom instruction under a registered apprenticeship program; requiring the State Board to require a county board to count toward high school attendance the time certain apprentices spend during certain work-based training; requiring the Division of Workforce Development to make a certain annual report to the General Assembly by June 30; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations; Ways and Means

Status:
First Reading Ways and Means and Appropriations (2/8)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

SB 618 (HB 1234)

Sen. Katherine Klausmeier et al.

Career Youth and Public Sector Apprenticeship Act

Requiring the State Board of Education to require a county board of education to award graduation credit to a high school student who completes work-based training or classroom instruction under a registered apprenticeship program; requiring the State Board to require a county board to count toward high school attendance the time certain apprentices spend during certain work-based training; requiring the Division of Workforce Development to make a certain annual report to the General Assembly by June 30; etc.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; Finance

Status:
Hearing 2/28 at 1:00 p.m. (Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs) (2/2)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

HB 1489

Del. Haven Shoemaker et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2015: HB 344 - Monitor

Education - Due Process Hearings for Children With Disabilities - Burden of Proof

Requiring certain public agencies to bear the burden of proof in due process hearings that are held to resolve a dispute relating to the provision of a free appropriate public education; providing a certain exception for a parent or guardian seeking tuition reimbursement for a unilateral placement of the student by the parent or guardian; and establishing that a certain provision of law is not intended to change certain record-keeping requirements or what constitutes a free appropriate public education under federal or State law.

Committees:
Ways and Means

Status:
First Reading Ways and Means (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1565 (SB 1060)

Del. Cory McCray et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2017: HB 696 -

Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools - Discrimination - Prohibition

Prohibiting a nonpublic elementary or secondary school that receives State funds from refusing enrollment of, expelling, withholding privileges from, or otherwise discriminating against any student or prospective student because of certain factors; making certain provisions of law prohibiting discrimination in employment applicable to certain schools that receive State funds; etc.

Committees:
Ways and Means

Status:
First Reading Ways and Means (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 1060 (HB 1565)

Sen. Cheryl Kagan et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2017: SB 849 -

Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools - Discrimination - Prohibition

Prohibiting a nonpublic elementary or secondary school that receives State funds from refusing enrollment of, expelling, withholding privileges from, or otherwise discriminating against any student or prospective student because of certain factors; making certain provisions of law prohibiting discrimination in employment applicable to certain schools that receive State funds; requiring a nonpublic school that is found to have engaged in or be engaging in a certain discriminatory act to repay to the General Fund all State funds; etc.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

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

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1599 (SB 949)

Del. Eric Ebersole et al.

Career Education Policy Act

Requiring public high schools to make students aware of certain employment and skills training opportunities through certain apprenticeship sponsors and employers; specifying that a requirement to earn a credit in technology education to graduate may be satisfied by completing certain courses selected by the county board; authorizing certain applicants for legislative scholarships to be enrolled in Workforce Development Sequence courses or be participating in an apprenticeship training program; etc.

Committees:
Economic Matters; Ways and Means

Status:
First Reading Ways and Means and Economic Matters (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 949 (HB 1599)

Sen. Jim Rosapepe et al.

Career Education Policy Act

synopsis same as CF HB 1599

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; Finance

Status:
Hearing 2/28 at 1:00 p.m. (Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs) (2/7)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1601

Del. Jheanelle Wilkins

State Department of Education - Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative, Program, and Fund

Establishing the Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative in the State Department of Education; requiring the State Department of Education, in consultation with the Maryland Department of Health and the Department of Human Services, to develop certain guidelines and offer certain training; requiring the State Department of Education, in consultation with the Maryland Department of Health and the Department of Human Services, to establish the Trauma-Informed Schools Expansion Program; etc.

Committees:
Ways and Means

Status:
First Reading Ways and Means (2/9)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 1071

Sen. Steve Waugh

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:


Status:
First Reading Senate Rules (2/8)

Position:


Comment:

 

 

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