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Senate Bills

Below is a list of bills considered by MedChi's Legislative Committee during the 2016 legislative session (January 13 - April 11, 2016).  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 Insurance - In Vitro Fertilization - Use of Spouse's Sperm - Exception, SB 1 FYI Finance - Passed Enrolled
SB 12 Health Care Facilities - Closures or Partial Closures of Hospitals - County Board of Health Approval, SB 12 FYI Finance - Hearing 2/24 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 22 Human Services - Interagency Council on Homelessness - Membership, SB 22 FYI Finance - Passed Enrolled
SB 30 Maryland Anesthesiologists Assistants Act, SB 30 No position Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Hearing 2/10 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 63 Investigational Drugs, Biological Products, and Devices - Right to Try Act, SB 63 Support with amendments Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn
SB 65 Primary and Secondary Education - Health and Safety - Sugar-Free Schools Act, SB 65 FYI Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Hearing 1/20 at 3:00 p.m.
SB 66 Professional Corporations - Approval of Corporate Name by Licensing Unit and Professional Organization - Exemption, SB 66 No position Judicial Proceedings - Passed Enrolled
SB 71 Public and Nonpublic Schools - Student Diabetes Management Program, SB 71 FYI Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Hearing 3/24 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 89 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Provision of Substance Use Services to Enrollees of Managed Care Organizations, SB 89 Support Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn
SB 91 Public Health - State-Identified HIV Priorities, SB 91 Support Finance - Returned Passed
SB 93 Maryland Workforce Corporation and Health Care Personnel Training Fund - Repeal, SB 93 FYI Finance - Returned Passed
SB 97 Public Health - Opioid-Associated Disease Prevention and Outreach Programs, SB 97 Support Finance - Favorable Report by Health and Government Operations
SB 109 Health Occupations Boards - Criminal History Records Checks - Required, SB 109 FYI Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Returned Passed
SB 204 Electronic Smoking Devices - E-Liquid Containers - Child-Resistant Packaging, SB 204 FYI Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn
SB 212 Health Insurance - Large Employers - Disclosure of Aggregate Incurred Claims, SB 212 FYI Finance - Returned Passed
SB 217 State Board of Physicians - Distribution of Fees by Comptroller - Loan Assistance Repayment for Physicians and Physician Assistants, SB 217 Support Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Third Reading Passed with Amendments (137-0)
SB 224 Education - Orange Ribbon for Healthy School Hours - Establishment, SB 224 Support Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Hearing 2/03 at 2:00 p.m.
SB 228 State Board of Dental Examiners - Ownership, Management, and Operation of a Dental Practice, SB 228 FYI Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Hearing 2/19 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 231 Judgments - Appeals - Supersedeas Bond, SB 231 FYI Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 2/09 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 242 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Telemedicine - Modifications, SB 242 Support Finance - Returned Passed
SB 258 Workers' Compensation - Medical Benefits - Payment of Medical Services and Treatment, SB 258 Oppose Finance - Hearing 2/09 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 289 Public Health - Preventive Medical Care - Consent by Minors, SB 289 Support Finance - Hearing 2/10 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 297 Health Insurance - Habilitative Services - Period of Time for Coverage, SB 297 No position Finance - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
SB 304 Maryland Commission on Health in All Policies, SB 304 No position Finance - Hearing 2/17 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 310 Child Abuse and Neglect - Failure to Report, SB 310 Oppose Judicial Proceedings - Second Reading Passed
SB 320 Tobacco Tax - Premium Cigars - Rate, SB 320 Oppose Budget and Taxation - Hearing 2/17 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 323 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act - Reauthorization, SB 323 Support Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 11
SB 324 Prince George's County Regional Medical Center Act of 2016, SB 324 FYI Budget and Taxation - Enacted under Article II, Section 17(b) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 13
SB 333 Public Health - Restaurants - Meals for Children, SB 333 FYI Finance - Hearing 2/18 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 334 Health Insurance - Access to Accurate Provider Directories, SB 334 Support Finance - Hearing 2/10 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 335 Health Insurance - Assignment of Benefits and Reimbursement of Nonpreferred Providers - Modifications, SB 335 Oppose Finance - Hearing 2/10 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 352 Maryland Health Care Commission - Certificate of Need Review - Interested Party, SB 352 FYI Finance - Third Reading Passed with Amendments (135-0)
SB 361 Civil Actions - Hydraulic Fracturing Liability Act, SB 361 FYI Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 3/31 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 382 Prescription Drug Monitoring Program - Revisions, SB 382 Oppose unless amended Finance - Hearing 2/24 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 398 Reducing Environmental Degradation for the Underserved Through Community Engagement (The REDUCE Act), SB 398 Support Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
SB 411 Income Tax - Credit for Preceptors in Areas With Health Care Workforce Shortages, SB 411 Support Budget and Taxation - Hearing 3/29 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 418 Richard E. Israel and Roger 'Pip' Moyer End-of-Life Option Act, SB 418 Position consistent with AMA policy Judicial Proceedings - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings; Withdrawn
SB 434 Food Service Facilities - Automated External Defibrillator Program (The Joe Sheya Act), SB 434 FYI Finance - Hearing 3/22 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 441 State Board of Physicians - Admissibility of Board Records - Workers' Compensation Commission, SB 441 Oppose Finance - Hearing 2/16 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 446 Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, SB 446 Support with amendments Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; Withdrawn
SB 450 Health Care Provider Malpractice Insurance - Scope of Coverage, SB 450 Support Finance - Returned Passed
SB 462 Public Health - Copies of Medical Records - Fees, SB 462 Support with amendments Finance - Hearing 3/29 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 482 State Board of Physicians - License Renewal - Grace Periods, SB 482 Support Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
SB 495 Statewide Steering Committee on Services for Adults With Sickle Cell Disease - Infusion Center - Study, SB 495 FYI Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; Withdrawn
SB 497 Behavioral Health Community Providers - Keep the Door Open Act, SB 497 FYI Finance Budget and Taxation- Hearing 3/29 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 513 Maryland No-Fault Birth Injury Fund, SB 513 Support Judicial Proceedings Finance- Hearing 2/25 at 1:00 p.m. (Judicial Proceedings)
SB 514 Tobacco Taxes - Healthy Maryland Initiative, SB 514 Support Budget and Taxation - Hearing 2/24 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 537 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Prescription Drug Monitoring Program - Modifications, SB 537 Oppose unless amended Finance - Favorable with Amendments Report by Health and Government Operations
SB 551 Behavioral Health Advisory Council - Clinical Crisis Walk-In Services and Mobile Crisis Teams - Strategic Plan, SB 551 Support Finance - Returned Passed
SB 566 Medical Malpractice - Notice of Intent to File Claim, SB 566 Support Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 2/25 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 574 Civil Actions - Noneconomic Damages - Catastrophic Injury, SB 574 Oppose Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 2/25 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 577 Child Protection - Reporting - Threat of Harm, SB 577 No position Judicial Proceedings - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings
SB 600 Freestanding Birthing Centers - Use of Ultrasound Imaging, SB 600 FYI Finance - Returned Passed
SB 602 Maryland Healthy Vending Machine Act, SB 602 Support Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance
SB 605 Athletic Trainers - Evaluation and Treatment Protocols - Approval, SB 605 No position Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Favorable Report by Health and Government Operations
SB 607 Agriculture - Cattle, Swine, and Poultry - Use of Antimicrobial Drugs, SB 607 No position Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Hearing 3/01 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 626 Health - Medical Procedures - Ultrasound Options (Full Medical Disclosure Act), SB 626 Oppose Finance - Hearing 3/16 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 636 Medical Malpractice - Discovery, SB 636 Support Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 2/25 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 644 Early Identification of Autism Act, SB 644 No position Finance - Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 647 Physicians - Prescriptions Written by Physician Assistants or Nurse Practitioners - Preparing and Dispensing, SB 647 Support Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Passed Enrolled
SB 648 Health Insurance - Coverage for Digital Tomosynthesis, SB 648 No position Finance - Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 661 Hospitals - Patient's Bill of Rights, SB 661 FYI Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn
SB 662 Health Insurance - Health Benefit Plans - Special Enrollment Period for Pregnancy, SB 662 Support Finance - Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 691 Public Health - Provision of Life-Preserving Health Care Services (Vulnerable Protection Act), SB 691 FYI Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 3/15 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 700 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Biosafety Level 3 Laboratories, SB 700 FYI Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance
SB 707 Freestanding Medical Facilities - Certificate of Need, Rates, and Definition, SB 707 FYI Finance - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
SB 717 Environment - Radiation Machines - Registration Fees, SB 717 FYI Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Unfavorable Report by Environment and Transportation
SB 723 Civil Actions - Immunity From Liability - Entering a Property to Provide Emergency Assistance or Medical Care, SB 723 No position Judicial Proceedings - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings; Withdrawn
SB 739 Integrated Community Oncology Reporting Program, SB 739 No position Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 749 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, SB 749 Oppose Finance - Hearing 3/16 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 793 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Data Collection and Use - Pregnancy Rates, SB 793 FYI Finance - Hearing 3/16 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 797 Housing and Community Development - Shelter and Transitional Housing Facilities Grant Program - Mandated Funding, SB 797 FYI Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
SB 806 State Board of Physicians - Naturopathic Doctors - Establishment of Naturopathic Doctors Formulary Council and Naturopathic Formulary, SB 806 Support with amendments Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Favorable Report by Health and Government Operations
SB 848 Health Insurance - Contraceptive Equity Act, SB 848 No position Finance - Returned Passed
SB 849 Task Force to Study the Establishment of Health Courts, SB 849 Support Judicial Proceedings - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings; Withdrawn
SB 856 Public Health - HIV Testing During Pregnancy, SB 856 No position Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Third Reading Passed with Amendments (138-0)
SB 857 Maryland Health Care Commission - Hospital and Physician Financial Arrangement Disclosure - Requirements, SB 857 Oppose Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn
SB 858 Mental Health - Wraparound Services for Children and Youth, SB 858 Support Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn
SB 868 Primary and Secondary Education - Immunizations of Children Entering School, SB 868 No position Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; Withdrawn
SB 873 Health Care Decisions Act - End-of-Life Decision-Making Informational Booklet, SB 873 Position consistent with AMA policy Judicial Proceedings - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings
SB 886 Health - Collaborations to Promote Provider Alignment, SB 886 To be determined Finance - Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 887 Health Insurance - Consumer Health Claim Filing Fairness Act, SB 887 No position Finance - Returned Passed
SB 898 Public Health - Auto-Injectable Epinephrine - Certification for Emergency Administration, SB 898 No position Finance - Hearing 3/29 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 899 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Specialty Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services - Parity, SB 899 Support Finance - Returned Passed
SB 920 Human Services - Homelessness - Emergency Cold Weather Planning, SB 920 FYI Finance - Hearing 3/17 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 926 Lyme Disease - Laboratory Test - Required Notice, SB 926 Oppose Finance - Favorable Report by Health and Government Operations
SB 928 Task Force to Study the Nurse Shortage in Maryland, SB 928 FYI Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
SB 929 Health Benefit Plans - Network Access Standards and Provider Network Directories, SB 929 Support Finance - Passed Enrolled
SB 932 Discount Vision Plans - Provider Contracts, SB 932 No position Finance - Hearing cancelled
SB 933 War on Cancer and Diabetes - Awareness Campaign, SB 933 Support Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 981 Public Health - Copies of Medical Records - Fees, SB 981 Oppose Finance - Hearing 3/22 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 990 Medical Schools - Use of Animals in Medical Training - Prohibited, SB 990 Oppose Rules - First Reading Senate Rules
SB 1018 Health Insurance - Specialty Drugs - Participating Pharmacies, SB 1018 No position Finance - Hearing 3/16 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 1020 State Board of Physicians - Physician Licensing Reciprocity, SB 1020 Support Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Returned Passed
SB 1032 Health Occupations - Prohibited Patient Referrals - Exceptions, SB 1032 To be determined Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Hearing cancelled
SB 1036 Criminal Law - Smoking Marijuana in Public - Penalty, SB 1036 FYI Judicial Proceedings - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings; Withdrawn
SB 1072 Task Force to Study the Restraint, Searches, and Needs of Children in the Juvenile Justice System, SB 1072 Support with amendments Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 4/09 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 1081 Mental Health - Voluntary and Involuntary Admissions - Certification by Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, SB 1081 FYI Finance - Favorable Report by Health and Government Operations
SB 1083 Secretaries of Principal Departments - Supervision and Review of Decisions and Actions by Units Within Department, SB 1083 Support with amendments Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Rereferred to Health and Government Operations
SB 1153 Health Insurance - Clinically Integrated Organizations, SB 1153 To be determined at next meeting Finance - Hearing 3/24 at 1:00 p.m.