Legislative Session 2021

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Proposed Maryland Legislation

Title: Congressional Action – Surprise Billing – Air Ambulance

Bill Number: SJ0001

Committee: Finance

Description: Urging the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that prohibits the balance billing of consumers by air ambulances that do not participate in a consumer’s insurance carrier network.

Outcome: First Reading 1/13/2021

Title: Distracted Driving Monitoring Systems – Authorization

Bill Number: SB0179

Committee: Judicial Proceedings

Description: Authorizing certain agencies to place distracted driver monitoring systems on certain highways under certain circumstances; requiring that a recorded image made by a distracted driver monitoring system include two or more photographs, microphotographs, or electronic images, videotape, or any other medium as well as clear identification of the registration plate number; providing that the owner or driver of a motor vehicle recorded committing a certain violation is subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $500; etc.

Status: Support (Tara Carlson written testimony)

Hearing: 1/27/2021 at 11am

Title: Electronic Smoking Device Regulation Act of 2021

Bill Number: SB0273

Committee: Finance

Description: Repealing the electronic smoking device retail license; altering the Clean Indoor Air Act to include a prohibition on electronic smoking devices and exhaled electronic smoking device vapor; altering the definition of “electronic smoking devices manufacturer” to limit the manner in which a manufacturer may sell electronic smoking devices to consumers; altering the definition of “vape shop vendor” to require that the vendor exclusively sell electronic smoking devices and related accessories to consumers in a certain manner; etc.

Hearing: 1/28/2021 at 1pm

Title: Emergency Medical Services – Paramedics – Vaccination Administration

Bill Number: SB0067

Committee: Education, Health, & Environmental Affairs

Description: Authorizing a paramedic to administer a vaccination included on the Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention if the services are under the direction of a certain entity or a certain physician and authorized by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, part of a certain program or outreach effort, and provided in accordance with a certain written agreement that includes certain provisions.

StatusSupport

Hearing: 1/19/2021 at 2pm

Title: Public Safety – Ammunition – Purchase Authorizations and Sales Records

Description: FOR the purpose of requiring the Department of State Police to approve a purchase or transfer of ammunition through an ammunition vendor after a certain date; requiring the Department to develop a procedure in which a certain person may be approved for an ammunition transaction; requiring the Department to verify certain information in a certain database before a purchase or transfer or ammunition; establishing an ammunition vendor is prohibited from providing a purchaser or transferee ammunition without Department approval; allowing the Department to recover certain reasonable costs; creating a certain fund for certain fees to be deposited; requiring an ammunition vendor to keep certain records of ammunition sales; requiring the Department to adopt certain regulations; requiring an ammunition vendor to submit certain information to the Department; requiring the Department to retain certain information in a certain database; requiring certain information to remain confidential and to be used only under certain circumstances; authorizing the Department to inspect certain records under certain circumstances; requiring an ammunition vendor to verify certain information before delivering or transferring ammunition; requiring a certain person to present certain identification to purchase ammunition; establishing certain penalties to be assessed in consideration of certain circumstances; providing exceptions to the applicability of this Act; defining certain terms; providing for the implementation of this Act; and generally relating to ammunition.

Title: Catastrophic Health Emergencies – Health Care Providers – Definition and Immunity (Maryland Health Care Heroes Protection Act)

Bill Number: SB0311 & HB0025

Committee: 

Senate – Judicial Proceedings

House – Health & Government Operations

Description: Altering the definition of “health care provider” for purposes of certain provisions of law governing catastrophic health emergencies to include an employee, an agent, or a contractor of a health care facility who provides or assists in the provision of health care services; specifying the acts and omissions for which and altering the circumstances under which a health care provider has civil and criminal immunity related to a catastrophic health emergency; applying the Act retroactively; etc

Hearings:

Senate – 2/2/2021 at 1pm

House – 2/4/2021 at 1:30pm  Hearing Cancelled 

 

Title: Occupational Safety and Health Standards to Protect Employees – Aerosol Transmissible Diseases and COVID-19

Bill Number: HB0124

Committee: Economic Matters

Description: Requiring the Commissioner of Labor and Industry to adopt regulations, by October 1, 2021, establishing an occupational safety and health standard protecting employees from exposure to aerosol transmissible diseases; requiring the Secretary of Labor, the Commissioner, and the Maryland Department of Health to develop an Emergency Temporary Occupational Safety and Health Standard to Protect Employees From COVID-19 by March 1, 2021, and to make the information available on the Department of Labor’s website; etc.

Outcome: First Reading 1/13/2021

Title: Public Health – Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Services Program

Bill Number: SB0279 & HB0396

Committee: 

Senate – Finance

House – Health & Government Operations

Description: Authorizing the establishment of an Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Services Program by a community-based organization to provide a place for the consumption of preobtained drugs, provide sterile needles, administer first aid, and provide certain other services; providing that the Maryland Department of Health may approve not more than six programs, with two in urban areas, two in suburban areas, and two in rural areas, that operate at a single location in an area with a high incidence of drug use; etc.

Senate Hearing: 1/26/2021 at 1pm

House Outcome: First Reading 1/13/2021

Title: Criminal Law – Life–Threatening Injury Involving a Motor Vehicle or Vessel – Criminal Negligence (Wade’s Law)

Bill Number: SB0017

Committee: Judicial Proceedings

Description: Prohibiting a person from causing a life-threatening injury to another as a result of the person’s driving, operating, or controlling a motor vehicle or vessel in a criminally negligent manner; exempting certain conduct that results in a life-threatening injury to another; and establishing a penalty of imprisonment not exceeding 18 months or a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both for a violation of the Act

Hearing: 1/19/2021 at 11am

Title: Criminal Procedure – Expungement of Conviction – Driving While Privilege Is Canceled, Suspended, Refused, or Revoked

Bill Number: SB0114

Committee: Judicial Proceedings

Description: Authorizing a person to file a certain petition for expungement if the person is convicted of a certain misdemeanor involving driving while the person’s license or privilege to drive is canceled, suspended, refused, or revoked.

Hearing: 1/19/2021 at 11am

Title: Public Safety – Law Enforcement and Emergency Medical Services Providers – Administration of Ketamine

Bill Number: SB0078

Committee: Judicial Proceedings

Description: Prohibiting a law enforcement officer from administering ketamine to an individual or directing an emergency medical services provider to administer ketamine; and authorizing an emergency medical services provider to administer ketamine to a certain individual only if the emergency medical services provider obtains medical direction prior to administering ketamine, subject to a certain exception.

Hearing: 2/3/2021 at 11am

Title: Vehicle Laws – Reckless Driving – Excessive Speeding

Bill Number: SB0337

Committee: Judicial Proceedings

Description: Establishing that a person who drives 20 miles per hour or more above the maximum speed limit is guilty of reckless driving; and establishing that a person charged with reckless driving must appear in court and may not prepay the fine.

Hearing: 1/27/2021 at 11am

Title: Human Services – Trauma-Informed Care – Commission and Training

Bill Number: SB0299

Committee: Finance

Description: Establishing the Commission on Trauma-Informed Care to coordinate a statewide initiative to prioritize the trauma-responsive and trauma-informed delivery of State services that impact children, youth, families, and older adults; requiring the Commission to submit its findings annually to the Governor and the General Assembly by June 30; requiring certain State agencies to designate two staff members to participate in a formal course in trauma-informed care each year and work with other agency designees in work sessions; etc.

Hearing: 2/11/2021 at 1pm

Title: Criminal Law – Sexual Crimes – Repeal of Spousal Defense (Love Is No Defense to Sexual Crimes)

Bill Number: SB0250 & HB0147

Committee: 

Senate – Judicial Proceedings

House – Judiciary

Description: Repealing a certain prohibition on prosecuting a person for rape or a certain sexual offense against a victim who was the person’s legal spouse at the time of the alleged rape or sexual offense.

Hearings: 

Senate – 1/20/2021 at 11am

House – 1/14/2021 at 1:30pm

Title: Peace Orders – Workplace Violence

Bill Number: SB0105 & HB0289

Committee: 

Senate – Judicial Proceedings

House – Judiciary

Description: Making certain provisions of law relating to the filing, issuance, and modification of certain peace orders and to the shielding of certain court records of certain peace order proceedings apply to certain peace orders filed by certain employers on the basis of certain acts committed against certain employees under certain circumstances; requiring an employer to notify an employee before the employer files a certain petition; providing immunity from civil liability to a certain employer under certain circumstances; etc.

Hearings: 

Senate – 1/28/2021 at 11am

House – 1/14/2021 at 1:30pm