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2015 Senate 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
SB 1 Health Occupations - Pharmacists - Refills of Prescriptions During State of Emergency, SB 1 Support Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Returned Passed
SB 7 Electronic Cigarettes - Sale to Minors - Components, Supplies, and Enforcement, SB 7 Support Finance - Passed Enrolled
SB 8 Public Health - Regulation of Milk Products - Revisions, SB 8 FYI Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance
SB 14 Health Occupations - Board of Pharmacy - Pharmacist Rehabilitation Committee - Definition, SB 14 No position Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Returned Passed
SB 15 Task Force to Study the Implementation of a Dyslexia Education Program, SB 15 FYI Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Passed Enrolled
SB 37 Tobacco Taxes - Healthy Maryland Initiative, SB 37 Support Budget and Taxation Finance- Hearing 2/04 at 2:00 p.m. (Budget and Taxation)
SB 40 Labor and Employment - Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, SB 40 FYI Finance - Hearing 2/03 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 49 State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists - Examination of Applicants, Licensees, Certificate Holders, and Trainees, SB 49 No position Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Returned Passed
SB 69 State Board of Pharmacy - Sterile Compounding - Compliance by Nonresident Pharmacies and Repeal of Permit Requirement, SB 69 Support Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 5
SB 74 Task Force to Study Maternal Mental Health, SB 74 Support Finance - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 6
SB 90 Guardianship of Disabled Persons and Revocation of Advance Directives, SB 90 Support with amendments Judicial Proceedings - Returned Passed
SB 92 Health Insurance - Assignment of Benefits and Reimbursement of Nonpreferred Providers - Repeal of Termination Date, SB 92 Support Finance - Returned Passed
SB 105 Maryland Home Birth Safety Act, SB 105 Oppose Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Hearing 2/11 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 118 Workers' Compensation Commission - Regulation of Fees and Charges, SB 118 Oppose Finance - Hearing 2/10 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 119 Health Maintenance Organizations - Premium Tax and Transfer of Premium Tax Exemption Value - Repeal, SB 119 Oppose Budget and Taxation - Unfavorable Report by Budget and Taxation; Withdrawn
SB 122 Public Health - Regulation of Milk Products - Revisions, SB 122 FYI Finance - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 14
SB 127 Health Care Malpractice - Certificate and Report of Qualified Expert - Objection, SB 127 Oppose Judicial Proceedings - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings
SB 141 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Former Foster Care Adolescents - Dental Care, SB 141 FYI Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn
SB 143 Health Care Malpractice Claims - Notice of Intent, SB 143 Support Judicial Proceedings - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings
SB 145 Civil Actions - Disclosure of Information - Repeal of Certification Requirement, SB 145 FYI Judicial Proceedings - Returned Passed
SB 146 Prelitigation Discovery - Insurance Coverage - Prerequisites for Disclosure, SB 146 FYI Judicial Proceedings - Returned Passed
SB 152 Tanning Devices - Use by Minors - Prohibition, SB 152 Support Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance
SB 156 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Establishment of a Sickle Cell Disease Outreach Program, SB 156 Support Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Hearing 2/25 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 157 Consultation, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders - Consent by Minors, SB 157 Support Finance - Passed Enrolled
SB 162 Task Force to Study Regulation of Teletherapy, SB 162 Oppose Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; Withdrawn
SB 163 Agriculture - Neonicotinoid Pesticide - Labeling Requirement (Pollinator Protection Act of 2015), SB 163 No position Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Hearing 2/17 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 187 Workgroup to Study Access to Obstetric Services, SB 187 No position Finance - Returned Passed
SB 188 Task Force to Study the Establishment of Health Courts, SB 188 Support Judicial Proceedings - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings
SB 195 Mental Health - Voluntary and Involuntary Admissions - Assent and Certification by Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, SB 195 Oppose Finance - Returned Passed
SB 198 Health Care Disparities, Cultural and Linguistic Competency, and Health Literacy - Recommended Courses, SB 198 Oppose Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Passed Enrolled
SB 199 Public Health - Opioid Maintenance Programs - Licensing, SB 199 FYI Finance - Hearing 3/31 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 200 Environment - Personal Care Products Containing Synthetic Plastic Microbeads - Prohibition on Manufacturing or Sale, SB 200 FYI Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Conference Committee Appointed
SB 212 Driving Under the Influence - Ignition Interlock System Program, SB 212 Support Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 2/24 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 214 Civil Actions - Immunity From Liability - Emergency Medical Care for Drug Overdose, SB 214 Support Judicial Proceedings - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings
SB 241 Health Insurance - Coverage for Ostomy Equipment and Supplies - Required, SB 241 No position Finance - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 23
SB 252 Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, SB 252 Oppose Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; Withdrawn
SB 273 Maryland Collaborative Reproduction Act, SB 273 FYI Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 2/18 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 278 Public Schools - Health and Safety - Food Transparency, SB 278 FYI Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Second Reading Failed
SB 281 Blue Ribbon Commission to Study Maryland's Behavioral Health System, SB 281 No position Finance - Hearing 2/25 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 296 Public Schools - Thirsty Kids Act, SB 296 FYI Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
SB 301 Judgments - Appeals - Supersedeas Bond, SB 301 Support Judicial Proceedings - Second Reading Passed with Amendments
SB 303 Criminal Law - Distribution of Heroin or Fentanyl Resulting in Death, SB 303 Support with amendments Judicial Proceedings - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings; Withdrawn
SB 318 Community Mental Health Services - Telemental Health Services - Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, SB 318 No position Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn
SB 320 University of Maryland School of Medicine - Workgroup to Study Issues Related to Uterine Fibroids, SB 320 FYI Finance - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 24
SB 327 Public Health - Substance Use Disorders, SB 327 Support Finance - Hearing 3/11 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 337 Public Health - Expedited Partner Therapy Program - Repeal of Termination Date, SB 337 Support Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Returned Passed
SB 338 Medical Records - Authorization to Disclose - Person in Interest, SB 338 Support with amendments Finance - Hearing 2/25 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 344 Public Health - Emergency and Allergy Treatment Program, SB 344 Support Finance Judicial Proceedings- Passed Enrolled
SB 346 Pharmacists - Scope of Practice - Administration of Drugs, SB 346 Oppose Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
SB 347 Health Occupations - Prescriber-Pharmacist Agreements and Therapy Management Contracts, SB 347 Oppose unless amended Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Passed Enrolled
SB 374 Maryland False Claims Act, SB 374 No position Judicial Proceedings - Returned Passed
SB 385 Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programs - Performance Measures and Assessment Criteria, SB 385 No position Finance - Hearing 3/11 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 392 Criminal Law - Assault - First Responders, SB 392 Support Judicial Proceedings - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings
SB 395 Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2015, SB 395 FYI Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 2/24 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 399 Health Care Malpractice Claims - Use of Clinical Practice Guidelines, SB 399 Oppose Judicial Proceedings - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings; Withdrawn
SB 403 Education - Maryland Council on Advancement of School-Based Health Centers, SB 403 FYI Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Passed Enrolled
SB 415 State Donor Registry - Information and Methods of Registration - Clerks of Circuit Courts, Registers of Wills, and Motor Vehicle Administration (Enhancing Organ Donation Rates Act), SB 415 FYI Judicial Proceedings - Returned Passed
SB 416 Health Insurance - Coverage for Infertility Services, SB 416 Oppose Finance - Returned Passed
SB 430 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits - Parity, SB 430 Support Finance - Hearing 3/11 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 431 Public Health - Dental Services for Adults - Coverage and Access, SB 431 No position Finance - Hearing 3/11 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 437 Nonprofit Health Service Plans - Hearing and Order - Impact of Law or Regulatory Action by Another State, SB 437 No position Finance - Returned Passed
SB 449 State Board of Physicians - Physicians, Physician Assistants, and Allied Health Practitioners - Licensure Requirements, SB 449 Support with amendments Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 34
SB 450 Health Insurance - Expense Reimbursement Claims Forms - Methods for Submission, SB 450 No position Finance - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 35
SB 463 Agriculture - Cattle, Swine, and Poultry - Use of Antimicrobial Drugs, SB 463 No position, letter of information Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Recommitted to Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs (Senator Pinsky)
SB 464 Workers' Compensation Act - Frivolous Proceedings - Required Finding, SB 464 Support Finance - Hearing 2/24 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 467 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Newborn Screening Program Fund - Establishment, SB 467 Support Finance - Returned Passed
SB 469 Public Health - Maryland Behavioral Health Crisis Response System, SB 469 Support Finance - Passed Enrolled
SB 470 Agriculture - Antibiotic Drug Usage - Food-Producing Animals, SB 470 No position, letter of information Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; Withdrawn
SB 471 Task Force to Study the Provision of Health Care Coverage to Uninsured Marylanders, SB 471 Support Finance - Hearing 4/02 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 479 Civil Actions - Noneconomic Damages - Catastrophic Injury, SB 479 Oppose Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 2/25 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 504 Public Schools - Nutrition Standards - Vending Machines and Marketing, SB 504 FYI Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Hearing 3/04 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 505 Primary and Secondary Education - Health and Safety - Sugar-Free Schools Act, SB 505 FYI Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Hearing 3/04 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 506 Education - Health and Safety - School Wellness Committees, SB 506 FYI Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Hearing 3/04 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 511 Women's Late-Term Pregnancy Health Act, SB 511 FYI Finance - Hearing 3/18 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 512 Hepatitis C - Opportunity for Testing and Follow-Up Health Care, SB 512 Oppose Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Hearing 3/05 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 513 Hospitals - Rate-Setting - Participation in 340B Program Under the Federal Public Health Service Act, SB 513 No position Finance - Returned Passed
SB 516 Public Health - Overdose Response Program, SB 516 Support Finance - Passed Enrolled
SB 525 Child Abuse and Neglect - Failure to Report, SB 525 Oppose Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 4/01 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 537 Pharmacists - Substitution and Dispensing - Interchangeable Biological Products, SB 537 Support with amendments Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Hearing 4/02 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 539 Patient Referrals - Oncologists - Radiation Therapy Services and Nondiagnostic Computer Tomography Scan Services, SB 539 No position Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; Withdrawn
SB 546 Civil Actions - Immunity From Liability - Emergency Medical Care for Drug Overdose, SB 546 Support Judicial Proceedings - Passed Enrolled
SB 549 Criminal Law - Identity Fraud - Name of the Individual, SB 549 Support Judicial Proceedings - Returned Passed
SB 556 Health Insurance - Selection of State Benchmark Plan and Required Conformity With Federal Law, SB 556 No position Finance - Passed Enrolled
SB 569 Health Care Provider Malpractice Insurance - Scope of Coverage, SB 569 Support Finance - Recommitted to Finance (Senator Middleton)
SB 571 Child Abuse and Neglect - Failure to Report - Penalties and Training, SB 571 No position Judicial Proceedings - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings
SB 572 Hospitals - Designation of Caregivers, SB 572 FYI Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance
SB 574 Sales and Use Tax - Bottled Water - Exemption, SB 574 Support Budget and Taxation - Hearing 2/25 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 575 Health Occupations - Alcohol and Drug Counselors - Qualifications and Practice Limitations, SB 575 FYI Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Passed Enrolled
SB 580 State Board of Chiropractic and Massage Therapy Examiners and State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners - Dry Needling - Registration Requirements, SB 580 No position Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; Withdrawn
SB 585 Maryland No-Fault Birth Injury Fund, SB 585 Support Judicial Proceedings Finance- Hearing 3/05 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 586 Health Insurance - Federal and State Mental Health and Addiction Parity Laws - Report on Compliance, SB 586 Support Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn
SB 596 Health Care Facilities - Surveys, Inspections, and External Reviews, SB 596 Support Finance - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 41
SB 597 Public Health - Immunizations - Related Institutions, SB 597 No position Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Hearing 3/31 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 598 Public Health - Vaccination Reporting Requirements - ImmuNet, SB 598 Oppose Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
SB 599 Public Health - Expedited Partner Therapy for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, SB 599 Support Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Passed Enrolled
SB 606 Health Insurance - Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Analgesic Drug Products - Coverage, SB 606 Support with amendments Finance - Returned Passed
SB 607 Joint Committee on Behavioral Health and Opioid Use Disorders, SB 607 Suppot Finance - Passed Enrolled
SB 612 Vehicle Laws - Protective Headgear Requirement for Motorcycle Riders - Exception, SB 612 Oppose Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 2/24 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 617 Criminal Law - Professional Counselors and Therapists - Misconduct (Lynette's Law), SB 617 Oppose Judicial Proceedings - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings
SB 626 Registered Nurses - Local Health Departments - Requirements for Personally Preparing and Dispensing Drugs and Devices, SB 626 FYI Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 44
SB 641 Public Health - Substance Abuse Treatment Outcomes Partnership Fund, SB 641 Support Finance - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 45
SB 654 Criminal Procedure - Immunity - Alcohol- or Drug-Related Medical Emergencies, SB 654 Support Judicial Proceedings - Returned Passed
SB 676 Richard E. Israel and Roger 'Pip' Moyer Death With Dignity Act, SB 676 No position Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 697 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Workgroup to Evaluate Mental Health Care Delivery on the Eastern Shore, SB 697 FYI Finance - Hearing 2/26 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 703 Health Insurance - Medical Stop-Loss Insurance - Small Employers, SB 703 No position Finance - Rereferred to Health and Government Operations
SB 705 Criminal Law - Assault - First Responders, SB 705 Support Judicial Proceedings - Returned Passed
SB 717 Health Occupations - Athletic Trainers and Physician Assistants - Reports to the Board of Physicians, SB 717 Support with amendments Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; Withdrawn
SB 723 Certified Nurse Practitioners - Authority to Practice, SB 723 Oppose unless amended Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Returned Passed
SB 742 Public Health - Restaurants - Meals for Children, SB 742 Support Finance - Hearing 3/12 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 743 Vital Records - New Certificates of Birth - Sex Change or Diagnosis of an Intersex Condition, SB 743 FYI Finance - Returned Passed
SB 757 Public Health - Prescription Drug Monitoring Program - Required Disclosures, SB 757 Support with amendments Finance - Returned Passed
SB 784 Labor and Employment - Discrimination Based on Engagement in Lawful Activities - Prohibition, SB 784 To be determined Finance - Hearing 3/19 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 792 Public Health - Nondiscrimination in Access to Anatomical Gifts and Organ Transplantation, SB 792 Support Finance - Returned Passed
SB 796 Public Health - Maryland AIDS Drug Assistance Program - Expansion of Eligibility and Services - Pharmaceutical Rebate Coverage, SB 796 FYI Finance - Returned Passed
SB 803 Health Insurance - Nonpreferred Providers - Assignment of Benefits, Reimbursement, and Fraudulent Insurance Acts, SB 803 Oppose Finance - Hearing 3/18 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 807 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Demonstration Program - Grant Application, SB 807 FYI Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn
SB 811 Health Insurance and Discount Medical Plans - Vision Care Services and Materials, SB 811 Support with amendments Finance - Hearing 3/25 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 834 Maryland Health Benefit Exchange - Qualified Health Plans - Standards, SB 834 Support with amendments Finance - Hearing 3/25 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 871 Health Insurance - Specialty Drugs - Participating Pharmacies, SB 871 Support with amendments Finance - Hearing 3/25 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 900 Public Health - Abortions - Physician Requirements, SB 900 To be determined Rules - First Reading Senate Rules