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2012 Senate Bills

Below is a list of bills considered by MedChi's Legislative Committee during the 2012 legislative session (January 11 - April 9, 2012).  Full text and status of each bill is available by clicking on the bill number listed in the following chart. (You will need to be able to view RTF documents.) 

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Last Updated:  Final

Bill#
Title MedChi Position
Outcome
SB 27 Health Care Facilities - Notification of Death of Resident Under Guardianship, Senator Simonaire FYI Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 35 Income Tax - Credit for Long-Term Care Premiums, Senators Klausmeier, Jacobs, Raskin, Garagiola, Mathias, Madaleno, Peters, Rosapepe, Young, Ramirez, Dyson, Stone, Kittleman, and Reilly FYI Senate Budget and Taxation Committee - Bill failed
SB 63 Child Abuse and Neglect - Failure to Provide Notice or Report - Civil Liability and Criminal Penalty, Senators Kelley, Astle, Colburn, Conway, DeGrange, Forehand, Klausmeier, Manno, Mathias, McFadden, Middleton, Pinsky, Pugh, Robey, Stone, and Young Oppose Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 71 Health - General - Posthumous Use of Donor Sperm and Eggs, Senator Kelley FYI House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill failed
SB 72 Medical and Dental Treatment - Consent by Minors and Protections for Licensed Health Care Practitioners, Senator Kelley Support as amended House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 2, 2012
SB 76 Criminal Law - Controlled Dangerous Substances - Research - Synthetic Cannabinoids, Senators Kelley, Forehand, Jacobs, Manno, Montgomery, and Rosapepe Support with amendments House Judiciary Committee - Bill failed
SB 121 Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program - Sunset Extension, Chair, Finance Committee (By Request - Departmental - Maryland Health Insurance Plan) FYI House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on April 10, 2012
SB 140 Crimes - Child Abuse and Neglect - Failure to Report, Senators Jacobs, Currie, Glassman, McFadden, Reilly, Stone, and Young Oppose Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 163 Health Insurance - Diabetes Treatment - Coverage for Orthotics, Senators Conway and Pugh No position Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 179 Kathleen A. Mathias Chemotherapy Parity Act of 2012, Senators Pugh, Raskin, Astle, Brochin, Currie, Ferguson, Forehand, Frosh, Gladden, Kelley, King, Klausmeier, Madaleno, Manno, Mathias, Middleton, Montgomery, Peters, Pipkin, Ramirez, Robey, Rosapepe, Simonaire, Stone, and Zirkin Support House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on April 10, 2012
SB 180 Health Occupations - State Board of Naturopathic Medicine, Senators Pugh, Benson, Forehand, King, Klausmeier, Madaleno, Manno, Middleton, Montgomery, Raskin, and Young Oppose Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee - Bill failed
SB 185 Motor Vehicles - Child Seating and Safety Seats - Requirements and Prohibition, Senators Forehand, Conway, King, Madaleno, Manno, Montgomery, Ramirez, Raskin, and Stone Support House Environmental Matters Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on April 10, 2012
SB 206 Maryland Health Security Act of 2012, Senators Pinsky, Benson, Forehand, Gladden, Jones-Rodwell, Madaleno, Manno, Montgomery, Ramirez, Raskin, and Rosapepe No position Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 207 Agriculture - Commercial Feed - Arsenic Prohibition, Senators Pinsky, Frosh, Madaleno, Raskin, Rosapepe, and Stone Support House Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee - Bill failed
SB 213 Tanning Devices - Use by Minors - Prohibition, Senators Raskin, Robey, Forehand, Gladden, Kasemeyer, Kelley, Madaleno, Manno, Montgomery, Peters, Pinsky, and Stone Support Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 217 Motor Vehicles - Use of Wireless Communication Device - Prohibited Acts, Enforcement, and Penalties, Senators Robey, Conway, Ferguson, Forehand, Kasemeyer, Kelley, King, Klausmeier, Madaleno, McFadden, Montgomery, Peters, Pugh, Raskin, and Young Support Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 227 Maryland Health Care Commission - Assessment of Fees and Maryland Trauma Physician Services Fund - Revisions, Chair, Finance Committee (By Request - Departmental - Health and Mental Hygiene) FYI House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 2, 2012
SB 229 Health Insurance - Individual and Group Coverage - Application of Federal Affordable Care Act, Chair, Finance Committee (By Request - Departmental - Insurance Administration, Maryland) No position Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 230 Insurance - Maryland Health Care Provider Rate Stabilization Fund, Chair, Finance Committee (By Request - Departmental - Insurance Administration, Maryland) No position House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 2, 2012
SB 234 Maryland Health Improvement and Disparities Reduction Act of 2012, The President (By Request - Administration) and Senators Benson, Currie, Ferguson, Kelley, King, Middleton, Peters, Pugh, and Rosapepe Support with amendments House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on April 10, 2012
SB 238 Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Act of 2012, The President (By Request - Administration) and Senators King, Madaleno, Manno, Montgomery, Peters, Pinsky, Pugh, Raskin, Robey, and Rosapepe Support House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill failed
SB 262 Health Occupations - Psychologists - Penalties for Misrepresentation and Practicing Without a License, Senator Montgomery FYI House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 2, 2012
SB 263 Frederick County - Adult Detention Center - Medical and Dental Fees, Senators Brinkley and Young FYI Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 274 State Board of Pharmacy - Sunset Extension and Revisions, Chair, Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee No position House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill vetoed by the governor on May 22, 2012
SB 309 Mopeds and Motor Scooters - Titling, Registration, Insurance, and Required Use of Protective Headgear, Senators Klausmeier, Currie, Forehand, Kasemeyer, Kelley, Madaleno, Montgomery, Robey, Shank, and Stone Support protective headgear, no position on administrative issues House Environmental Matters Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 2, 2012
SB 310 Criminal Law - Controlled Dangerous Substances - Synthetic Cannabinoids, Senator Reilly Support with amendments Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 316 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Health Care Facilities - Abuser Registry, Senators Pugh, Benson, Forehand, Jones-Rodwell, King, Klausmeier, Manno, Montgomery, Muse, Peters, and Stone FYI House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee - Bill failed
SB 337 State Board of Nursing - Nurses, Nursing Assistants, Medication Technicians, and Electrologists - Licensure and Certification Requirements, Senator Conway No position House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 22, 2012
SB 344 Health Occupations - Dental Hygienists - Local Anesthesia, Senator Middleton Oppose House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 2, 2012
SB 350 Respiratory Care Practitioners - Practicing Polysomnography - Licensing Exceptions, Senator Conway No position House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 2, 2012
SB 376 Medical Records - Authorization to Disclose - Person in Interest, Senator Conway Support with amendments Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 393 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Managed Care Organizations - Recipient Participation, Senator Middleton No position House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill failed
SB 394 Medical Laboratories - Laboratory Test and Clinical Laboratory Fees - Schedule, Senator Jennings No position Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 395 Health Occupations - Public Disclosure of Professional Credentials and Reports on Advertising Regulations and Policies, Senator Jennings Support House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 2, 2012
SB 408 Pharmacists - Administration of Vaccinations - Expanded Authority, Senator Dyson Oppose Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee - Bill failed
SB 427 Pregnancy Outcomes - Confidential Statistical Reporting Requirements, Senators Glassman, DeGrange, Dyson, Kittleman, Peters, Pipkin, and Stone FYI Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 456 Health Insurance - Health Benefit Plan Premium Rate Review, Senator Middleton Support House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 22, 2012
SB 460 Vehicle Laws - Child Safety Seats and Seat Belts - Penalty, Senators King, Forehand, Garagiola, Manno, McFadden, Montgomery, Peters, Pugh, Ramirez, Raskin, Robey, and Rosapepe Support with amendments Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 461 Emergency Medical Services - Automated External Defibrillators - Immunity from Liability and Facility Registration Requirement, Senator Jacobs Bill failed Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Heard on February 28, 2012 1:00pm
SB 474 State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists - Certified Professional Counselor-Alcohol and Drug - Repeal, Senator Pinsky FYI House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 22, 2012
SB 479 Health Occupations - Physician Assistants - Patient's Access to Supervising Physician, Senator Ferguson Oppose unless amended House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 2, 2012
SB 484 Managed Care Organizations - Medical Loss Ratio Information - Publication, Senators Kelley, Klausmeier, Mathias, Middleton, Muse, and Pugh No position House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on April 10, 2012
SB 488 Vehicle Laws - Protective Headgear Requirement for Motorcycle Riders - Exception, Senator Astle Oppose Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 505 Health Occupations - Imaging and Radiation Therapy Services - Accreditation, Senator Dyson No position Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee - Bill failed
SB 508 Assisted Reproduction Agreements - Court Approval, Notice, and Required Records, Senator Kelley FYI Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 510 Maryland Health Insurance Plan - Denials of Eligibility for Coverage - Hearings and Appeal Process, Senator Frosh No position Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 526 Tobacco Tax - Healthy Maryland Initiative, Senators Forehand, Jones-Rodwell, Madaleno, Manno, and Montgomery Support Senate Budget and Taxation Committee - Bill failed
SB 529 Motor Vehicles - Use of Text Messaging Device While Driving, Senator Robey Support House Environmental Matters Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 2, 2012
SB 530 Maryland Kinesiology Act, Senator Peters Oppose Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee - Bill failed
SB 536 Environment - Radiology Safety - Regulations, Senators Pugh, Currie, Kelley, and Montgomery FYI Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee - Bill failed
SB 539 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Long-Term Care Services - Eligibility, Senators Kelley and Montgomery FYI Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 540 Maryland Health Care Commission - Preauthorization of Health Care Services - Benchmarks, Senator Astle Support House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 22, 2012
SB 559 Vehicle Laws - Prohibition Against Smoking in Vehicle Containing Young Child, Senators Forehand, Kelley, Madaleno, Manno, and Young Support House Environmental Matters Committee - Bill failed
SB 563 Vehicle Laws - Seat Belts and Child Safety Seats, Senators Forehand and Montgomery Support with amendments Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 564 Student Health and Fitness Act, Senators Pugh, Benson, Dyson, Ferguson, Forehand, Garagiola, Gladden, Jones-Rodwell, Kasemeyer, Madaleno, Manno, McFadden, Middleton, Montgomery, Muse, Ramirez, Raskin, Stone, and Zirkin Support Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee - Bill failed
SB 566 Home Visiting Accountability Act of 2012, Senators King, Benson, Colburn, Ferguson, Forehand, Garagiola, Kelley, Klausmeier, Madaleno, Manno, McFadden, Montgomery, Muse, Pugh, Ramirez, and Young FYI House Ways and Means Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on April 10, 2012
SB 575 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Subrogation - Reduction, Senator Astle No position House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill failed
SB 577 State Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund, Senator Reilly FYI House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill failed
SB 583 Health - Medical Procedures - Ultrasound Options, Senator Simonaire No position, letter of concern Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 590 Maryland Health Benefit Exchange - Abortion Coverage - Prohibition, Senators Stone, DeGrange, Dyson, Glassman, and Peters FYI Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 593 Medical Assistance Program - Health Care for Mothers, Children, Seniors, and Individuals with Disabilities - Pilot Program, Senator Pinsky Support Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 598 Health Occupations - Licensed Podiatrists - Scope of Practice, Senator Young Oppose Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee - Bill failed
SB 603 Health Care Practitioners - Licensed Dentists, Physicians, and Podiatrists - Personally Preparing and Dispensing Prescription Drugs and Devices, Senators Montgomery and Conway Oppose House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 2, 2012
SB 611 Health - Pregnant Women - Hepatitis B Testing, Senators Benson, Klausmeier, and Montgomery No position House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill failed
SB 621 Public Schools - Epinephrine Availability and Use - Policy Requirements, Senators Shank, Jennings, Simonaire, and Young Support House Ways and Means Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 22, 2012
SB 624 Motor Vehicles - Motor Scooters, Mopeds, and Off-Highway Recreational Vehicles - Titling and Required Use of Protective Headgear, Senators Forehand and Montgomery Support protective headgear, no position on titling Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 626 Child Abuse - Failure to Report - Civil Penalty and Child Abuse Prevention Fund, Senators Forehand, Raskin, and Young Oppose Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 629 State Board of Physicians - Sunset Extension and Program Evaluation, Senator Conway (Chair, Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee) Support with amendments House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill vetoed by the governor on May 22, 2012
SB 631 Tobacco Tax - Maryland Tobacco-Free Kids Initiative, Senators Jones-Rodwell and Madaleno Support Senate Budget and Taxation Committee - Bill failed
SB 632 Criminal Law - Flavored Cigars - Prohibition on Sale, Senators Montgomery, Forehand, Jones-Rodwell, Manno, and McFadden FYI Senate Finance & Judicial Proceedings Committees - Bill failed
SB 744 Health Insurance - Habilitative Services - Required Coverage, Workgroup, and Technological Advisory Group, Senators Madaleno, Colburn, Conway, Currie, Forehand, Glassman, Jones-Rodwell, King, Klausmeier, Manno, McFadden, Montgomery, Muse, Peters, Pugh, Ramirez, Raskin, Rosapepe, and Stone No position House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 2, 2012
SB 749 Physicians - Sharing of Information with Maryland Health Care Commission, Senator Middleton Support with amendments House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 2, 2012
SB 750 Maryland Health Care Commission - Cardiac Surgery and Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Services, Senator Middleton No position Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 758 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Containment Laboratories - Oversight, Senators Young, Klausmeier, and Montgomery FYI Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 776 Polysomnographic Technologists - Education and Examination Requirements, Senator Young No position House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill failed
SB 781 Health Insurance - Coverage for Services Delivered Through Telemedicine, Senators Pugh, Mathias, Middleton, and Montgomery Support House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 22, 2012
SB 782 Health Insurance - Pharmacy Benefits Managers - Specialty Drugs, Senator Pugh No position Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 784 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Workgroup on Cancer Clusters and Environmental Causes of Cancer, Senators Muse, Colburn, Kittleman, and Klausmeier Support House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee - Bill failed
SB 817 Health Insurance - Reimbursement for Covered Services Rendered by Telemedicine, Senator Pipkin Support Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 849 Health Insurance - Dental Preventive Care - Coverage, Senator King No position House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill failed
SB 857 Health Care Malpractice Claims - Expert Witnesses - Admissibility of Insurance Coverage, Senator Raskin Oppose Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 866 Health Occupations Boards - Regulations - Scope of Practice Advisory Committees, Senator Conway Oppose Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee - Bill failed
SB 870 State Board of Physicians - Athletic Trainer Advisory Committee - Education, Supervision, and Administration, Senator Conway (Chair, Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee) Support House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 2, 2012
SB 891 Health - Lyme Disease - Patient Information and Admissibility of Test Results, Senator Brochin Oppose Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee - Bill failed
SB 897 State Board of Physicians - Allied Health Advisory Committees - Sunset Extension and Program Evaluation, Senator Conway (Chair, Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee) No position House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill failed
SB 904 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Health Care Delivery Systems - Pilot Project, Senator Middleton Support Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 921 State Board of Nursing - Sunset Extension and Revisions, Senator Conway No position House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 22, 2012
SB 924 Health Care Malpractice Claims - Expert Witnesses - Limitations, Senator Ramirez Oppose Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 928 Health Insurance - Fees for Administrative Services Provided by Insurance Producers - Authorized, Senators Astle and Middleton No position House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 22, 2012
SB 950 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Public Disclosure of Information, Senator Middleton No position Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 953 Medicaid Sustainability Commission, Senators Kasemeyer and Middleton Support House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill failed
SB 954 Medical Records - Enhancement or Coordination of Patient Care, Senator Middleton Support with amendments House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 2, 2012
SB 960 Insurance - Unfair Claim Settlement Practices - Refusal to Pay a Claim, Senator Pugh No position Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 969 State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists - Licensure of Clinical Professional Art Therapists, Senator Conway No position House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 22, 2012
SB 989 Public Schools - Administration of Auto-Injectable Epinephrine, Senator Mathias Support Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee - Bill failed
SB 995 Medical Marijuana Oversight Commission, Senators Brinkley, Raskin, Colburn, Currie, Forehand, Jacobs, Jennings, Jones-Rodwell, Kelley, King, Kittleman, Madaleno, Mathias, Montgomery, Peters, Pinsky, Pugh, Robey, Rosapepe, and Zirkin No position, letter on MedChi policy Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 1077 Mortality and Quality Review Committee - Reporting Requirements - Sunset Extension, Senator Middleton FYI House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill signed into law by the governor on May 2, 2012
SB 1081 Health Insurance - Coverage for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Senator Klausmeier No position Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SJ 6 Health - Prostate Cancer Screening, Senators Colburn, Currie, Mathias, Middleton, and Raskin FYI House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee - Bill failed