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2015 House Bills

Below is a list of bills considered by MedChi's Legislative Committee during the 2015 legislative session (January 14 - April 13, 2015).  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
HB 3 Prescription Drug Monitoring Program - Prescribers and Dispensers - Required Query, HB 3 Oppose Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations
HB 5 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Newborn Screening Program Fund - Establishment, HB 5 Support Health and Government Operations - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 56
HB 9 Maryland Licensure of Direct-Entry Midwives Act, HB 9 Oppose Health and Government Operations - Passed Enrolled
HB 26 Clean Indoor Air Act - Use of Electronic Smoking Devices - Prohibition, HB 26 Support Economic Matters - Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters
HB 42 Fair Employment Preservation Act of 2015, HB 42 FYI Health and Government Operations - Hearing 2/11 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 45 General Provisions - Commemorative Days - National Healthcare Decisions Day, HB 45 FYI Health and Government Operations - Hearing 4/01 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 56 Tanning Devices - Use by Minors - Prohibition, HB 56 Support Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 58 Health Occupations - Members of Boards and Advisory Committees - Prohibition Against Concurrent Service, HB 58 Support Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 107 Medical Professional Liability Insurance for Nonprofit Health Care Providers MC 4-15, HB 107 No position Economic Matters - Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters; Withdrawn
HB 108 Tobacco Taxes - Healthy Maryland Initiative, HB 108 Support Ways and Means Economic Matters- Hearing 2/24 at 1:00 p.m. (Ways and Means)
HB 118 Task Force to Study Presumed Consent Organ Donation in Maryland, HB 118 No position Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 164 Judgments - Appeals - Supersedeas Bond, HB 164 Support Judiciary - Passed Enrolled
HB 181 State Board of Pharmacy - Sterile Compounding - Compliance by Nonresident Pharmacies and Repeal of Permit Requirement, HB 181 Support Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 216 Environment - Personal Care Products Containing Synthetic Plastic Microbeads - Prohibition on Manufacturing or Sale, HB 216 FYI Environment and Transportation - Passed Enrolled
HB 220 Maryland Collaborative Reproduction Act, HB 220 FYI Judiciary - Hearing 2/12 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 222 Criminal Law - Distribution of Heroin or Fentanyl Resulting in Death, HB 222 Support with amendments Judiciary - Recommitted to Judiciary (Delegate Dumais)
HB 228 Public Health - Expedited Partner Therapy Program - Repeal of Termination Date, HB 228 Support Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 230 Health Insurance - Assignment of Benefits and Reimbursement of Nonpreferred Providers - Repeal of Termination Date, HB 230 Support Health and Government Operations - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 79
HB 236 Criminal Law - Assault - First Responders, HB 236 Support Judiciary - Passed Enrolled
HB 247 Elementary School Students - Daily Physical Activity (Student Health and Fitness Act), HB 247 Support Ways and Means - Hearing 2/19 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 261 Sales and Use Tax - Bottled Water - Exemption, HB 261 Support Ways and Means - Unfavorable Report by Ways and Means
HB 293 Guardianship of Disabled Persons and Revocation of Advance Directives, HB 293 Support with amendments Health and Government Operations - Passed Enrolled
HB 327 Health - Ambulatory Surgical Facility - Definitions, HB 327 Support Health and Government Operations - Passed Enrolled
HB 345 Labor and Employment - Flexible Leave - Use of Leave for Family Illness, HB 345 FYI Economic Matters - Returned Passed
HB 357 Vehicle Laws - Prohibition Against Smoking in Vehicle Containing Young Child, HB 357 Support Environment and Transportation - Hearing 2/19 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 367 Public Health - Maryland Behavioral Health Crisis Response System, HB 367 Support Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 368 Civil Actions - Immunity From Liability - Emergency Medical Care for Drug Overdose, HB 368 Support Judiciary - Returned Passed
HB 375 Education - Maryland Council on Advancement of School-Based Health Centers, HB 375 FYI Health and Government Operations - Passed Enrolled
HB 382 Sexual Assault Survivors' Right to Know Act, HB 382 FYI Judiciary - Returned Passed
HB 386 Child Abuse and Neglect - Centralized Confidential Database, HB 386 FYI Judiciary - Returned Passed
HB 398 Civil Actions - Noneconomic Damages - Catastrophic Injury, HB 398 Oppose Judiciary - Hearing 3/11 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 402 Task Force to Study the Establishment of Health Courts, HB 402 Support Judiciary - Unfavorable Report by Judiciary
HB 405 Maryland False Claims Act, HB 405 No position Judiciary - Returned Passed
HB 422 Health Occupations - Athletic Trainers and Physician Assistants - Reports to the Board of Physicians, HB 422 Support with amendments Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 423 Driving Under the Influence - Ignition Interlock System Program, HB 423 Support Judiciary - Hearing 3/04 at 1:15 p.m.
HB 431 Health - Burial or Disposal of Body - Requirements and Penalties, HB 431 Support with amendments Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 451 Task Force to Study Regulation of Teletherapy, HB 451 Oppose Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 470 Health Care Malpractice - Certificates and Reports of Qualified Experts, HB 470 Oppose Judiciary - Hearing 3/11 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 489 Electronic Cigarettes - Sale to Minors - Components, Supplies, and Enforcement, HB 489 Support Economic Matters Judiciary- Returned Passed
HB 490 Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission - Miscellaneous Revisions, HB 490 Support Health and Government Operations - Passed Enrolled
HB 492 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, HB 492 FYI Health and Government Operations - Hearing 3/16 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 498 Criminal Law - Assault - First Responders, HB 498 Support Judiciary - Unfavorable Report by Judiciary
HB 499 State Board of Cosmetologists - Licensing - Hair Braiders, Cosmetology Assistants, and Microdermabrasion, HB 499 Oppose Economic Matters - Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters
HB 529 Criminal Law - Identity Fraud - Name of the Individual, HB 529 Support Judiciary - Returned Passed
HB 534 Health Insurance - Coverage of Brand Name Prescription Drugs for Mental Health Treatment, HB 534 Support Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 547 Medical Liability Efficiency Act of 2015, HB 547 Support with amendments Judiciary Health and Government Operations- Hearing 3/11 at 1:00 p.m. (Judiciary)
HB 552 Health Insurance - Medical Stop-Loss Insurance - Small Employers, HB 552 No position Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 553 Maryland No-Fault Injured Baby Fund, HB 553 Support Health and Government Operations Judiciary- Hearing 3/16 at 1:00 p.m. (Health and Government Operations)
HB 562 Health Insurance - Ambulance Service Providers - Direct Reimbursement - Repeal of Termination Date, HB 562 FYI Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 574 State Board of Physicians - Physicians, Physician Assistants, and Allied Health Practitioners - Licensure Requirements, HB 574 Support with amendments Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 580 Health Care Disparities, Cultural and Linguistic Competency, and Health Literacy - Recommended Courses, HB 580 Oppose Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 591 Health Occupations - Pharmacists - Refills of Prescriptions During State of Emergency, HB 591 Support Health and Government Operations - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 98
HB 602 University of Maryland School of Medicine - Workgroup to Study Issues Related to Uterine Fibroids, HB 602 FYI Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 605 Agriculture - Neonicotinoid Pesticide - Labeling Requirement (Pollinator Protection Act of 2015), HB 605 No position Environment and Transportation - Hearing 3/13 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 613 Hospitals - Rate-Setting - Participation in 340B Program Under the Federal Public Health Service Act, HB 613 No position Health and Government Operations - Passed Enrolled
HB 629 Health Occupations - Alcohol and Drug Counselors - Qualifications and Practice Limitations, HB 629 FYI Health and Government Operations - Passed Enrolled
HB 650 Blue Ribbon Commission to Study Maryland's Behavioral Health System, HB 650 No position Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 657 Pharmacists - Scope of Practice - Administration of Drugs, HB 657 Oppose Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 658 Public Health - Emergency and Allergy Treatment Program, HB 658 Support Health and Government Operations - Passed Enrolled
HB 660 Health Insurance - Expense Reimbursement Claims Forms - Methods for Submission, HB 660 No position Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 662 Consultation, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders - Consent by Minors, HB 662 Support Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 683 Health Occupations - Magnetic Resonance Imaging Services and Computed Tomography Scan Services - Patient Referrals, HB 683 No position Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 687 Public Health - Religious Exemptions from Immunization Requirements - Repeal, HB 687 Support Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 701 Agriculture - Cattle, Swine, and Poultry - Use of Antimicrobial Drugs, HB 701 No position, letter of information Environment and Transportation - Hearing 3/13 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 716 Health Occupations - Prescriber-Pharmacist Agreements and Therapy Management Contracts, HB 716 Oppose unless amended Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 724 Health Care Provider Malpractice Insurance - Scope of Coverage, HB 724 Support Economic Matters - Hearing 4/01 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 733 Pharmacists - Substitution and Dispensing - Interchangeable Biological Products, HB 733 Support with amendments Health and Government Operations - Hearing 3/04 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 739 Task Force to Study Maternal Mental Health, HB 739 FYI Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 745 Public Health - Overdose Response Program, HB 745 Support Health and Government Operations - Passed Enrolled
HB 748 Health Occupations - Board of Pharmacy - Pharmacist Rehabilitation Committee - Definition, HB 748 No position Health and Government Operations - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 102
HB 754 Sexual Assault - Survivors' Right to Know - DNA Analysis of Kit Evidence, HB 754 FYI Judiciary - Unfavorable Report by Judiciary
HB 759 Health Insurance - Small Employer Health Benefit Plan Premium Subsidy Program - Repeal, HB 759 FYI Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 781 Health Insurance - Coverage for Ostomy Equipment and Supplies - Required, HB 781 No position Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 817 Health Care Malpractice - Limitation on Noneconomic Damages, HB 817 Support Judiciary - Unfavorable Report by Judiciary
HB 823 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Establishment of a Sickle Cell Disease Outreach Program, HB 823 FYI Health and Government Operations - Hearing 2/24 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 830 Workers' Compensation Act - Frivolous Proceedings - Required Finding, HB 830 Support Economic Matters - Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters; Withdrawn
HB 838 Health Insurance - Coverage for Infertility Services, HB 838 Oppose Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 856 Child Abuse and Neglect - Failure to Report - Penalties and Training, HB 856 No position Judiciary - Unfavorable Report by Judiciary; Withdrawn
HB 858 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Former Foster Care Adolescents - Dental Care, HB 858 FYI Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 861 Public Health - Opioid Maintenance Programs - Licensing, HB 861 FYI Health and Government Operations - Hearing cancelled
HB 862 Vital Records - New Certificates of Birth - Sex Change or Diagnosis of an Intersex Condition, HB 862 FYI Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 872 Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2015, HB 872 FYI Judiciary - Hearing 3/04 at 1:15 p.m.
HB 887 Health Insurance - Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Analgesic Drug Products - Coverage, HB 887 Support with amendments Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 894 Primary and Secondary Education - Health and Safety - Sugar-Free Schools Act, HB 894 FYI Ways and Means - Hearing 3/13 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 896 Joint Committee on Behavioral Health and Opioid Use Disorders, HB 896 Support Health and Government Operations - Passed Enrolled
HB 898 Civil Actions - Immunity From Liability - Emergency Medical Care for Drug Overdose, HB 898 Support Judiciary - Unfavorable Report by Judiciary
HB 944 Patient Referrals - Oncologists - Radiation Therapy Services and Nondiagnostic Computer Tomography Scan Services, HB 944 No position Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 945 Registered Nurses - Local Health Departments - Requirements for Personally Preparing and Dispensing Drugs and Devices, HB 945 FYI Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 946 Labor and Employment - Noncompete and Conflict of Interest Clauses, HB 946 No position Economic Matters - Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters
HB 949 Task Force to Study the Provision of Health Care Coverage to Uninsured Marylanders, HB 949 Support with amendments Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 952 Public Health - Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals - Information and Fund, HB 952 Support Environment and Transportation - Unfavorable Report by Environment and Transportation; Withdrawn
HB 961 Women's Late-Term Pregnancy Health Act, HB 961 FYI Health and Government Operations - Hearing 3/16 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 973 Local AIDS Prevention Sterile Needle and Syringe Exchange Programs, HB 973 Support Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 975 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits - Parity, HB 975 Support Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 978 HIV Testing - Informed Consent and Pretest Requirements - Modification, HB 978 Support Health and Government Operations - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 112
HB 979 State Board of Chiropractic and Massage Therapy Examiners and State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners - Dry Needling - Registration Requirements, HB 979 No position Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 984 Hepatitis C - Opportunity for Testing and Follow-Up Health Care, HB 984 Oppose Health and Government Operations - Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 990 Maryland Health Benefit Exchange - Qualified Health Plans - Standards, HB 990 Support with amendments Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 999 Certified Nurse Practitioners - Authority to Practice, HB 999 Oppose unless amended Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 1009 Criminal Procedure - Immunity - Alcohol- or Drug-Related Medical Emergencies, HB 1009 Support Judiciary - Returned Passed
HB 1010 Health Insurance - Federal and State Mental Health and Addiction Parity Laws - Report on Compliance, HB 1010 Support Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 1021 Richard E. Israel and Roger 'Pip' Moyer Death with Dignity Act, HB 1021 No position Health and Government Operations Judiciary- Hearing 3/06 at 1:00 p.m. (Health and Government Operations)
HB 1026 Community Mental Health Services - Telemental Health Services - Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, HB 1026 No position Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 1029 Public Health - Substance Use Disorders, HB 1029 Support Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 1041 Public Health - Opioids Time-Lock Dispenser Pilot Program, HB 1041 Oppose Health and Government Operations - Hearing 3/13 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 1042 Environment - Nitrogen Oxide Emissions - Pollution and Combustion Control Technologies, HB 1042 To be determined Economic Matters - Hearing 3/12 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 1057 Criminal Law - Synthetic Cannabinoids - Prohibition, HB 1057 FYI Judiciary - Hearing 4/01 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 1066 Labor and Employment - Nondisclosure Agreements - Prohibition, HB 1066 No position Economic Matters - Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters
HB 1072 Labor and Employment - Discrimination Based on Engagement in Lawful Activities - Prohibition, HB 1072 To be determined Economic Matters - Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters
HB 1075 Agriculture - Antibiotic Drug Usage - Food-Producing Animals, HB 1075 No position, letter of information Environment and Transportation - Unfavorable Report by Environment and Transportation; Withdrawn
HB 1090 Public Health - Restaurants - Meals for Children, HB 1090 Support Economic Matters - Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters
HB 1092 Workers' Compensation Commission - Regulation of Fees and Charges, HB 1092 Oppose Economic Matters - Unfavorable Report by Economic Matters
HB 1101 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Health Program Integrity and Recovery Activities, HB 1101 Oppose Health and Government Operations - Hearing 3/17 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 1103 Health Occupations - Athletic Trainers - Evaluation and Treatment Protocols - Approval, HB 1103 FYI Rules and Executive Nominations - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
HB 1106 Public Health - Electronic Advance Directives - Witness Requirements, HB 1106 FYI Health and Government Operations - Returned Passed
HB 1109 Behavioral Health Administration - Powers, Duties, and Responsibilities, HB 1109 FYI Health and Government Operations - Passed Enrolled
HB 1116 Public Schools - Student Suicide Intervention - Required Procedures, HB 1116 FYI Rules and Executive Nominations - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
HB 1122 Public Health - Nondiscrimination in Access to Anatomical Gifts and Organ Transplantation, HB 1122 Support Rules and Executive Nominations - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
HB 1134 Public Health - Opioid Maintenance Programs - Licensing, HB 1134 FYI Rules and Executive Nominations - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
HB 1140 Health Insurance - Specialty Drugs - Participating Pharmacies, HB 1140 No position Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 1143 Public Health - Maryland AIDS Drug Assistance Program - Expansion of Eligibility and Services - Pharmaceutical Rebate Coverage, HB 1143 FYI Rules and Executive Nominations - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
HB 1146 Child Abuse and Neglect - Failure to Report, HB 1146 Oppose Judiciary - Hearing 3/19 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 1157 Health Insurance - Nonpreferred Providers - Assignment of Benefits, Reimbursement, and Fraudulent Insurance Acts, HB 1157 Oppose Rules and Executive Nominations - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
HB 1173 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Demonstration Program - Grant Application, HB 1173 FYI Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 1175 Education - Concussion Impact Sensor Pilot Program, HB 1175 Oppose Health and Government Operations - Hearing 3/18 at 1:00 p.m.
HB 1190 Health Insurance and Discount Medical Plans - Vision Care Services and Materials, HB 1190 Support with amendments Health and Government Operations - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
HB 1207 Public Health - Forensic Laboratories - Regulation, HB 1207 FYI Rules and Executive Nominations - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
HB 1214 Civil Actions - Child Sexual Abuse - Statute of Limitations and Limitation of Damages, HB 1214 To be determined Rules and Executive Nominations - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
HB 1248 Medical Schools - Use of Animals in Medical Training - Prohibited, HB 1248 FYI Rules and Executive Nominations - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
HB 1256 Maryland Health Care Commission - Certificates of Need - Application of Bed Need Projections, HB 1256 FYI Rules and Executive Nominations - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
HB 1266 Public Health - Sale, Offer for Sale, and Distribution of Powdered Caffeine - Prohibition, HB 1266 FYI Rules and Executive Nominations - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations