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2017 Senate Bills

Below is a list of bills considered by MedChi's Legislative Committee during the 2017 legislative session (January 11 - April 10, 2017).  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: May 31, 2017

Bill# Title MedChi Position Status
SB 27 Child Abuse and Neglect - Substance-Exposed Newborns - Reporting, SB 27 Support Judicial Proceedings - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings
SB 38 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Updating Advisory Boards and Councils, SB 38 Support Finance - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 40
SB 60 Primary and Secondary Education - Health and Safety (Sugar-Free Schools Act), SB 60 N/A fyi Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; Withdrawn
SB 61 Health Insurance - Coverage for Digital Tomosynthesis, SB 61 No position Finance - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 677
SB 82 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Renaming, SB 82 N/A fyi Finance - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 214
SB 96 Health Insurance - Coverage for Fertility Awareness-Based Methods, SB 96 No position Finance - Hearing 3/23 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 110 Public Health - Expedited Partner Therapy - Pharmacist Dispensing, SB 110 Support Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Passed Enrolled
SB 113 Public Health - Tobacco Control Funding, SB 113 N/A fyi Budget and Taxation - Hearing 2/01 at 2:00 p.m.
SB 135 Crimes - Child Abuse and Neglect - Failure to Report, SB 135 Oppose Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 4/05 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 144 Civil Actions - Prelitigation Discovery of Insurance Coverage, SB 144 No position Judicial Proceedings - Unfavorable Report by Judiciary
SB 175 Public Health - Use of Medical Oxygen in Residential Dwellings - Smoking and Open Flame Restrictions, SB 175 N/A fyi Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance
SB 185 Public Health - Repeal of AIDS Education Program for Persons Convicted of Drug- or Sex-Related Crimes, SB 185 N/A fyi Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 200
SB 193 Physicians - Professional Liability Insurance Coverage - Notification and Posting Requirements, SB 193 Support with Amendments Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; Withdrawn
SB 194 Workers' Compensation - Medical Benefits - Payment of Medical Services and Treatment, SB 194 Oppose Finance - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 568
SB 195 Physicians - Licensure - Liability Coverage (Janet's Law), SB 195 Oppose Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Passed Enrolled
SB 225 Civil Actions - Noneconomic Damages - Catastrophic Injury, SB 225 Oppose Judicial Proceedings - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings; Withdrawn
SB 230 Labor and Employment - Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, SB 230 N/A fyi Finance - First Reading Economic Matters
SB 305 Commonsense Paid Leave Act, SB 305 N/A fyi Finance Budget and Taxation- Hearing 2/09 at 1:00 p.m. (Finance)
SB 340 University of Maryland School of Public Health, Center for Health Equity - Workgroup on Health in All Policies, SB 340 No position Finance Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs- Approved by the Governor - Chapter 559
SB 349 Criminal Procedure - Sexual Assault Victims' Rights - Disposal of Rape Kit Evidence and Notification, SB 349 Support with Amendments Judicial Proceedings - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 158
SB 354 Richard E. Israel and Roger 'Pip' Moyer End-of-Life Option Act, SB 354 N/A fyi Judicial Proceedings - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings; Withdrawn
SB 363 Pharmacists - Contraceptives - Prescribing and Dispensing, SB 363 Oppose Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Returned Passed
SB 369 Maryland Patient Referral Law - Compensation Arrangements Under Federally Approved Programs and Models, SB 369 N/A fyi Finance - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 226
SB 379 Hospitals - Changes in Status - Hospital Employee Retraining and Economic Impact Statements, SB 379 N/A fyi Finance - Third Reading Passed (40-7)
SB 415 Public Health - Essential Generic Drugs - Price Gouging - Prohibition, SB 415 Support Finance - Hearing 2/15 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 422 Keep Antibiotics Effective Act of 2017, SB 422 Support with Amendments Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Passed Enrolled
SB 428 State Board of Pharmacy - Dispensing of Drugs Containing Controlled Dangerous Substances - Requirements, SB 428 N/A fyi Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; Withdrawn
SB 433 Substance Use Treatment - Inpatient and Intensive Outpatient Programs - Consent by Minor, SB 433 Support Finance - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 578
SB 436 Income Tax - Credit for Nurse Practitioner or Licensed Physician in Preceptorship Program - Alterations, SB 436 No position Budget and Taxation - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 234
SB 437 Public Health - Expensive Drugs - Manufacturer Reporting and Drug Price Transparency Advisory Committee, SB 437 Support with Amendments Finance - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
SB 474 Cigarette Restitution Fund - Establishment of Behavioral Health Treatment Account and Funding for Substance Use Treatment Services, SB 474 No position Budget and Taxation Finance- Hearing 3/01 at 2:30 p.m. (Budget and Taxation)
SB 476 Behavioral Health Community Providers - Keep the Door Open Act, SB 476 N/A fyi Finance Budget and Taxation- Hearing 3/28 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 503 Health Occupations Boards - Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities - Information Campaigns - Reporting, SB 503 N/A fyi Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 499
SB 517 Secretaries of Principal Departments - Supervision and Review of Decisions and Actions by Units Within Departments, SB 517 Support Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 614
SB 531 Housing Counselor and Aftercare Program, SB 531 Support Finance - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 638
SB 539 Criminal Law - Distribution of Opioids Resulting in Death, SB 539 Move to FYI Judicial Proceedings - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 569
SB 549 State Board of Physicians and Allied Health Advisory Committees - Sunset Extension and Program Evaluation, SB 549 Support with Amendments Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 217
SB 553 Recovery Residence Residential Rights Protection Act, SB 553 N/A fyi Finance - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
SB 562 Health Care Decisions Act - Advance Directives and Surrogate Decision Making - Disqualified Individuals, SB 562 N/A fyi Finance - Passed Enrolled
SB 570 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Telehealth - Requirements, SB 570 Support with Amendments Finance - Hearing 2/23 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 571 Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Act, SB 571 Support Finance - Enacted under Article II, Section 17(b) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 17
SB 572 Investigational Drugs, Biological Products, and Devices - Right to Try Act, SB 572 Support with Amendments Finance - House Refuses to Recede
SB 584 Medical Records - Disclosure of Directory Information and Medical Records - Mental Health Services, SB 584 No position Finance - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 701
SB 600 Public Health - Maternal Mental Health, SB 600 Support Finance - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 222
SB 611 Health Occupations - Requirements for the Practice of Optometry - Miscellaneous Revisions, SB 611 Oppose Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Referred to interim study by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
SB 619 Criminal Law - Controlled Dangerous Substances - Mixture, SB 619 Move to FYI Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 3/02 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 624 Clean Indoor Air Act - Use of Electronic Cigarette Devices - Prohibition, SB 624 Support Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn
SB 633 Maryland Medical Practice Act - Individuals Exempt From Licensure - Repeal of Criminal History Records Check Requirement, SB 633 Support Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; Withdrawn
SB 657 Public Schools - Wellness Policy - School Meals, SB 657 N/A fyi Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; Withdrawn
SB 660 Hospitals - Patient's Bill of Rights, SB 660 N/A fyi Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn
SB 666 Disclosure of Medical Records - Guardian Ad Litem - Victims of Crime or Delinquent Acts, SB 666 No position Finance - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 165
SB 669 Tobacco Products - Minimum Age and Civil Fines, SB 669 Support Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance
SB 679 Child Abuse and Neglect - Training, SB 679 Oppose Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 682 Civil Actions - Noneconomic Damages, SB 682 Oppose Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 2/23 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 692 Drug or Controlled Dangerous Substance Testing - Requirements, SB 692 N/A fyi Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 3/02 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 693 Co-Prescribing Naloxone Saves Lives Act of 2017, SB 693 Oppose unless amended Finance - Hearing 3/01 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 732 Hospitals - Acquisitions of Physician Offices, Group Practices, and Outpatient Health Care Entities - Notice, SB 732 No position Finance - Hearing canceled
SB 734 Sexual Assault Victims Resources Act of 2017, SB 734 N/A fyi Budget and Taxation Judicial Proceedings- Approved by the Governor - Chapter 659
SB 740 Oil and Natural Gas - Hydraulic Fracturing - Prohibition, SB 740 Support Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Hearing 2/28 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 745 Disclosure of Medical Records - Compulsory Process - Timeline, SB 745 Oppose unless amended Finance - First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations
SB 750 Public Health - Health Record and Payment Clearing House - Pilot Program, SB 750 Support Finance - Hearing 3/15 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 756 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Medication Adherence Technology Pilot Program, SB 756 No position Finance - Hearing 3/01 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 768 Health Insurance - Prescription Drugs - Formulary Changes, SB 768 Support Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn
SB 781 Criminal Procedure - Testing - HIV and Hepatitis C, SB 781 N/A fyi Judicial Proceedings - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 485
SB 783 Patient Early Intervention Programs, SB 783 Support Judicial Proceedings - Recommitted to Judicial Proceedings (Senator Zirkin)
SB 797 Child Abuse and Neglect - Reporting - Definitions, SB 797 No position Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 798 Criminal Law - Use or Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance - De Minimis Quantity, SB 798 N/A fyi Judicial Proceedings - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings
SB 802 Courts and Judicial Proceedings - Venue - Health Care, SB 802 Support Judicial Proceedings - Unfavorable Report by Judicial Proceedings; Withdrawn
SB 814 Pharmacists - Dispensing of Prescription Drugs - Single Dispensing of Dosage Units, SB 814 N/A fyi Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn
SB 836 Civil Actions - Punitive Damage Awards, SB 836 Oppose Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 2/23 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 841 Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act of 2017, SB 841 N/A fyi Finance - Hearing 3/15 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 848 Health Occupations - Physician Assistants - Dispensing Authority, SB 848 No position Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 862 Environment - Hydraulic Fracturing - Moratorium and Referenda, SB 862 No position Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Hearing 2/28 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 864 Education - Overdose on Public School Premises - Substance Abuse Treatment Programs, SB 864 N/A fyi Finance Judicial Proceedings- Hearing 3/08 at 1:00 p.m. (Finance)
SB 868 Overdose Response Program - Prescribing and Dispensing of Naloxone - Noncertificate Holders, SB 868 Support Finance - Hearing 3/16 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 877 Maryland No-Fault Birth Injury Fund, SB 877 Support Judicial Proceedings Finance- Hearing 2/23 at 1:00 p.m. (Judicial Proceedings)
SB 898 Health Insurance - Prescription Drugs - Dispensing Synchronization, SB 898 Support with Amendments Finance - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 767
SB 918 Health Insurance - Coverage of Fertility Preservation Procedures for Iatrogenic Infertility, SB 918 No position Finance - Hearing 3/08 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 919 President Jimmy Carter Cancer Treatment Access Act, SB 919 Support Finance - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 679
SB 935 Public Health - Delegation of Health Care Decisions - Temporary Health Care Agent for Minors, SB 935 No position Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance
SB 945 Child Abuse and Neglect - Statewide Reporting - 2-1-1 Maryland, SB 945 No position Finance Judicial Proceedings- Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn
SB 965 Public Health - Auto-Injectable Epinephrine - Certification for Emergency Administration, SB 965 Oppose Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn
SB 967 Heroin and Opioid Prevention Effort (HOPE) and Treatment Act of 2017, SB 967 Support with Amendments Finance Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs- Approved by the Governor - Chapter 572
SB 968 Health Insurance - Coverage Requirements for Behavioral Health Disorders - Modifications, SB 968 Support Finance - Returned Passed
SB 984 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Enhanced Security Compassionate Release Program, SB 984 N/A fyi Finance Judicial Proceedings- Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn
SB 988 Health Occupations - Maryland Community Health Worker Act, SB 988 N/A fyi Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Rereferred to Health and Government Operations
SB 989 State Board of Physicians - Physician Licensure - Prohibition on Requiring Specialty Certification, SB 989 Support Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 547
SB 992 Oncologists - Dispensing and Insurance Coverage of Orally Administered Cancer Chemotherapy, SB 992 No position Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 996 Family Law - Child Abuse and Neglect - Definitions, SB 996 Support with Amendments Judicial Proceedings - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 652
SB 997 Pharmacists - Substitution and Dispensing of Biological Products, SB 997 Support Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Returned Passed
SB 999 Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission Reform Act, SB 999 N/A fyi Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 3/02 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 1020 Maryland Health Care Regulatory Reform Act of 2017, SB 1020 Support Finance - Hearing 3/21 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 1037 Health Care Malpractice Qualified Expert - Limitation on Testimony in Personal Injury Claims - Repeal, SB 1037 Oppose Judicial Proceedings - Hearing 3/23 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 1042 Behavioral Health Administration - Outpatient Civil Commitment Pilot Program, SB 1042 N/A fyi Finance - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 577
SB 1054 Health Insurance - Freedom of Choice of Pharmacy Act, SB 1054 No position Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn
SB 1055 Health Insurance and Pharmacy Benefits Managers - Reimbursement for and Provision of Pharmacy Services, SB 1055 Oppose Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn
SB 1060 Heroin and Opioid Education and Community Action Act of 2017 (Start Talking Maryland Act), SB 1060 Support Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 574
SB 1075 Nonprofit Health Entity - Acquisition - Waiver of Waiting Period, SB 1075 N/A fyi Finance - Returned Passed
SB 1079 State Board of Physicians - Athletic Trainers - Scope of Practice, SB 1079 No position Rules - First Reading Senate Rules
SB 1081 Health - Family Planning Services - Continuity of Care, SB 1081 Support Budget and Taxation - Returned Passed
SB 1089 Primary and Secondary Education - Health and Safety Guidelines and Procedures - Digital Devices, SB 1089 Support Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
SB 1092 Public Assistance Fraud Prevention Act, SB 1092 N/A fyi Finance - Hearing 3/23 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 1106 Health Care Practitioners - Use of Teletherapy, SB 1106 Support with Amendments Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Approved by the Governor - Chapter 610
SB 1126 Public Health - Generic Drugs and Medical Supplies Purchasing Cooperative Workgroup, SB 1126 N/A fyi Finance - Hearing 3/22 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 1129 Substance Use Disorder Treatment - Licensing of Outpatient Programs and Provision of Naloxone Kits, SB 1129 No position Finance - Hearing 3/22 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 1130 Health Insurance - Volunteer Emergency Responders - Benefits Under Blanket Policies and Contracts, SB 1130 N/A fyi Finance - Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn
SB 1156 Health Insurance - Coverage for Male Sterilization - High-Deductible Health Plans, SB 1156 N/A fyi Finance - Hearing 3/22 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 1168 Pharmacists - Administration of the Influenza Vaccination - Age Requirement, SB 1168 Oppose Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs - Hearing canceled
SB 1194 Public Health - Substance Abuse Treatment Outcome Partnership Fund, SB 1194 N/A fyi Finance - Hearing 4/07 at 1:00 p.m.
SB 1198 Prince George's County Regional Medical Center Act of 2017, SB 1198 N/A fyi Budget and Taxation - Enacted under Article II, Section 17(b) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 19
SJ 0007 Protection of the Federal Affordable Care Act, SJ 0007 N/A fyi Finance - Hearing 3/30 at 2:30 p.m.