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2010 Senate Bills

Below is a list of bills considered by MedChi's Legislative Committee during the 2010 legislative session (January 13 - April 12, 2010).  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 9 Health - Duty to Report Death - Requirement and Penalties, Senator DeGrange FYI Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 19 Vehicle Laws - Use of Wireless Telephone While Driving - Prohibitions, Senator Lenett Support Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 27 Health Insurance - Benefits for In Vitro Fertilization - Donor Sperm, Senator Conway No position House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill failed
SB 56 Health Insurance - Medicare Supplement Policies - Repeal of Requirement to Offer Plan I, Chair, Finance Committee (By Request - Departmental - Insurance Administration, Maryland) No position House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill became law on April 13, 2010, ch. 16
SB 57 Health Insurance - Mental Health Benefits - Group Health Plans, Chair, Finance Committee (By Request - Departmental - Insurance Administration, Maryland) Support House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill became law on April 13, 2010, ch. 17
SB 77 Health General - Disease Prevention and Testing - Inmates of Correctional Institutions, Chair, Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee (By Request - Departmental - Public Safety and Correctional Services) FYI House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill became law on April 13, 2010, ch. 28
SB 165 Health Occupations - Therapy Management Contracts - Repeal of Sunset, Senator Conway Support with amendments House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill became law on April 13, 2010, ch. 44
SB 177 Expedited Partner Therapy Pilot Program - Extension, Senator McFadden (By Request - Baltimore City Administration) FYI House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill failed VETOED
SB 181 Health Insurance - Child Dependents - Qualifying Age Limit, Senator Brochin No position Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 187 Maryland False Claims Act, Senator Lenett Oppose Senate Judicial Proceedings & Finance Committees - Bill failed
SB 250 Health - Medical Procedures - Ultrasound Options, Senators Simonaire, Colburn, DeGrange, Haines, Harris, Jacobs, Mooney, Reilly, Stoltzfus, and Stone Oppose, letter of concern Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 279 Maryland False Health Claims Act of 2010, The President (By Request - Administration) and Senators Frosh, Lenett, Currie, Della, Gladden, Harrington, Kelley, Klausmeier, Madaleno, Middleton, Pinsky, Raskin, Robey, and Rosapepe Oppose House Judiciary & Appropriations Committees - Bill became law on April 13, 2010, ch. 4
SB 291 Health Occupations Boards - Revisions, Senator Conway Support House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill became law on May 20, 2010, ch. 534
SB 294 Vehicle Laws - Distracted Driving - Prohibition, Senator Glassman No position Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 308 Health Occupations - Licensure of Physician Assistants, Senators Conway, Currie, Dyson, Exum, Frosh, Harrington, Kelley, King, Lenett, McFadden, Middleton, Pinsky, Pugh, and Rosapepe Support with amendments House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill became law on May 4, 2010, ch. 273
SB 313 Health Insurance - Annual Preventive Care, Senators King, Miller, Harrington, Conway, Currie, Exum, Forehand, Frosh, Garagiola, Gladden, Jones, Kasemeyer, Kelley, Klausmeier, Kramer, Lenett, Madaleno, McFadden, Munson, Muse, Peters, Pinsky, Pugh, Raskin, Robey, and Stone Support with amendments House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill became law on May 20, 2010, ch. 535
SB 314 Health Insurance - Assignment of Benefits and Reimbursement of Nonpreferred Providers, Senators Garagiola, Kelley, Astle, DeGrange, Exum, Forehand, Frosh, Gladden, Jones, Kasemeyer, King, Kramer, McFadden, Miller, Peters, Raskin, Robey, and Rosapepe Support with amendments House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill became law on May 20, 2010, ch. 537
SB 321 The Delegate John Arnick Electronic Communications Traffic Safety Act of 2010, Senator Stone No position House Environmental Committee - Bill became law on May 20, 2010, ch. 538
SB 328 Hospitals - Financial Assistance and Debt Collection, Senators Middleton and Della FYI House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill became law on April 13, 2010, ch. 60
SB 357 Health Occupations - Wellness Practitioners - Exemption from Licensure as Physicians, Senator Harrington Oppose Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee - Bill failed
SB 358 Health Care Malpractice - Expression of Regret or Apology - Inadmissibility, Senators Muse and Brochin Support Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 397 Health Care Freedom Act of 2010, Senators Pipkin, Jacobs, and Mooney No position Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 402 Physicians - Professional Liability Insurance Coverage - Notification and Posting Requirements, Senators Klausmeier, Conway, Currie, Mooney, and Stone Support with amendments House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill failed
SB 414 Vehicle Laws - Equine Riding - Helmet Requirement for Minors, Senators Pugh, Lenett, Madaleno, Muse, Peters, and Raskin Support Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 445 Health Insurance - Habilitative Services - Required Coverage, Senators Madaleno, Pugh, Forehand, Frosh, King, Lenett, and Raskin No position Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 454 State Licensing Agencies - Justification Statements Required for Fee Increases Proposed by Regulations, Senator Pinsky Support House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill became law on May 4, 2010, ch. 300
SB 484 State Board of Nursing - Nurse Practitioners - Certification Requirements and Authority to Practice, Senators Dyson, Astle, Currie, Kelley, Middleton, and Pugh Support as amended House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill became law on April 13, 2010, ch. 77
SB 485 State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners - Licensure and Regulation, Senator Munson Support with amendments House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill failed
SB 492 Vehicle Laws - Protective Headgear Requirement for Motorcycle Riders - Exceptions, Senator Astle Oppose Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 521 Family Planning Works Act, Senators Pugh, Frosh, Harrington, Jones, Lenett, Madaleno, Middleton, Peters, Raskin, and Rosapepe Support Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 524 Health Insurance - Cancer Chemotherapy - Cost Sharing Equity, Senators Pugh, Conway, Forehand, Harrington, Jacobs, Jones, Lenett, Madaleno, McFadden, Peters, and Raskin No position Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 553 State Government - Maryland Tort Claims Act - Garrett County Physicians, Senator Edwards Support Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 559 Child Protection - Mandatory Reporting of Children Regularly in Contact with Persons Convicted of Child Abuse and Child Sexual Abuse, Senators Kelley, Colburn, Conway, Currie, Della, Exum, Forehand, Lenett, Madaleno, McFadden, Muse, Pinsky, and Stone Oppose unless amended House Judiciary Committee - Bill became law on May 4, 2010, ch. 185
SB 579 Criminal Law - Drug Schedules - Marijuana, Senators Zirkin and Brinkley No position - Pending review by the MedChi Quality Committee Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 593 Health Facilities - Freestanding Medical Facilities - Rates, Senators Garagiola, King, Pipkin, Colburn, Della, Exum, Forehand, Glassman, Kelley, Kittleman, Klausmeier, and Pugh No position House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill became law on May 20, 2010, ch. 505
SB 599 Maryland Perfusion Act, Senator Rosapepe Oppose Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee - Bill failed
SB 611 Insurers, Health Maintenance Organizations, and Managed Care Organizations - Compensation Reports, Senator Della FYI Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 625 Health Insurance - Payment and Fee Disclosure, Senator Frosh Support Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 627 Public Health - Medical Marijuana, Senators Brinkley, Raskin, Colburn, Garagiola, Jacobs, Kittleman, Kramer, Madaleno, Miller, and Zirkin No position - Pending review by the MedChi Quality Committee Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 628 Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund - Annual Report - Requirements, Senator Stoltzfus FYI House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill failed
SB 634 Transportation - Maryland Emergency Medical System Operations Fund - Transport by Privately Owned Helicopter, Senators Pipkin, Astle, Della, Exum, Garagiola, Kelley, Kittleman, Middleton, and Pugh FYI Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 637 Health Insurance - Dental Provider Panels - Provider Contracts, Senators Pipkin and Astle Support with amendments House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill failed VETOED
SB 659 Education - Immunizations - Children Entering Seventh Grade or Higher, Senators Klausmeier, Conway, Harrington, and Lenett No position Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee - Bill failed
SB 663 Health Insurance - Prescription Drugs - Cost-Sharing Obligations, Senators Klausmeier, Della, Exum, Forehand, King, Lenett, Madaleno, Muse, Peters, Pugh, and Raskin No position Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 665 Health Insurance - Dental Provider Contracts - Prohibited Provision, Senators Klausmeier and Astle Support with amendments Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 672 Patient Referrals - Imaging and Radiation Therapy Services - Accreditation, Senators Dyson, Colburn, Harris, and Reilly No position Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee - Bill failed
SB 682 Maryland Health System Act of 2010, Senators Pinsky, Exum, Forehand, Gladden, Harrington, Jones, Kelley, Lenett, Madaleno, McFadden, Pugh, and Raskin No position Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 700 Health Insurance - Child Wellness Benefits, Senator Exum Support House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill became law on May 20, 2010, ch. 595
SB 704 Insurance - Coordination of Benefits - Health Insurance and Personal Injury Protection, Senators Garagiola and Frosh FYI House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill became law on May 4, 2010, ch. 340
SB 706 Mental Hygiene Administration - Placement of Individuals with Mental Illness - Study, Senator McFadden No position Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 717 The Lorraine Sheehan Health and Community Services Act of 2010, Senators Jones, Madaleno, Exum, Forehand, Frosh, Lenett, Pinsky, and Raskin FYI Senate Budget and Taxation & Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 718 Tanning Devices - Use by Minors - Prohibition, Senators Robey and Raskin Support Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 723 Health Insurance - Clinically Integrated Organizations, Senator Munson Support House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill became law on May 20, 2010ch. 598
SB 745 Health Insurance - Ambulance Service Providers - Direct Reimbursement, Senator Colburn No position Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 756 Health Insurance - Assignment of Benefits, Senators King, Madaleno, and Raskin Support Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 768 Civil Actions - Health Care Malpractice Claims - Attesting Expert Report, Senator Gladden Support with amendments Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 769 Health Care Malpractice - Noneconomic Damage, Senator Gladden Oppose Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 797 Blue Ribbon Commission on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, Senator Jones FYI House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill failed
SB 812 End of Life Health Care Disclosure Act, Senator Lenett No position House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill failed
SB 831 Civil Litigation Funding, Senators Forehand and Miller FYI Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 851 Maryland Health Improvement and Disease Prevention Act, Senators Pugh, Forehand, Garagiola, Harrington, Jones, Klausmeier, Lenett, Madaleno, McFadden, Peters, and Raskin Support with letter Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 855 Patient Centered Medical Home Program, The President (By Request - Administration) and Senators Astle, Conway, Forehand, Frosh, Harrington, Kelley, King, Kramer, Lenett, Madaleno, Middleton, Muse, Peters, Pinsky, Raskin, and Rosapepe Support with amendments House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill became law on April 13, 2010, ch. 5
SB 865 Education - Student-Athletes - Concussions, Senators Lenett and Zirkin Support with amendments House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee - Bill failed
SB 885 Health - Administrative Service Provider Contracts - Contracting Provider Definition, Senators Klausmeier and Astle No position House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill became law on May 20, 2010, ch. 625
SB 908 Health Insurance - Coverage for the Treatment of Bleeding Disorders, Senator Stone No position Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 932 Civil Actions - Immunity from Civil Liability - Health Care Providers, Senator Gladden Support Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 964 State Government - Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness Month, Senator Muse FYI Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee - Bill failed
SB 973 Criminal Law - Flavored Cigars - Prohibition on Sale, Senator Madaleno FYI Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee - Bill failed
SB 1005 Health Services Cost Review Commission - Podiatric Medical Examiners Residency Program, Senator Pugh FYI Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 1028 Health Insurance - Coverage of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Senator Klausmeier No position Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 1031 Health Insurance - Surgical Treatment of Morbid Obesity - Repeal of Reporting Requirement, Senator Middleton No position House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill became law on May 20, 2010, ch. 646
SB 1033 Veterans Affairs - Military Health Care Provider Transition Plan, Senator Harrington Support with letter House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill became law on May 20, 2010, ch. 511
SB 1040 Prescription Confidentiality Act, Senator Lenett Oppose Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 1053 Health Occupations - Pharmacists - Laboratory Tests, Senator Klausmeier Oppose Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee - Bill failed
SB 1066 Health Occupations - Facilities for Dental Radiology, Senator Colburn FYI Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee - Bill failed
SB 1071 Health Insurance - Definition of Bona Fide Wellness Program, Senator Colburn No position Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 1074 Health Insurance - Nonparticipating Providers - Disclosure of Status and Charges, Senator Klausmeier Oppose Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 1075 Health Services Cost Review Commission - Membership, Senator Pipkin Oppose Senate Finance Committee - Bill failed
SB 1125 Maryland Health Insurance Plan - Administration of National High Risk Pool Program, Chair, Finance Committee (By Request - Departmental - Health Insurance Plan) FYI House Health and Government Operations Committee - Bill failed