Legislative Session 2021

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Proposed Maryland Legislation

The 2021 Legislative Session has Adjourned Sine Die. The session ended on April 12th, 2021. The Governor signed 61 bills on April 13th, 2021.

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.

Senate:

1/13/2021: First Reading

Title: Distracted Driving Monitoring Systems – Authorization

Bill Number: SB0179

Committee: Judicial Proceedings

Status: Support (Tara Carlson written testimony)

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.

Senate: 

1/13/2021: First Reading

1/27/2021: Hearing 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.

Senate: 

1/13/2021: First Reading

1/28/2021: Hearing at 1pm

TitleEmergency Medical Services – Paramedics – Vaccination Administration

Bill Numbers: SB0067 & HB1313

Committees:

Senate – Education, Health, & Environmental Affairs

House – Health & Government Operations

Status: Support

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.

Senate

1/13/2021: First Reading

1/19/2021: Hearing at 2pm

1/26/2021: Favorable with Amendment Reports by Education, Health, & Environmental Affairs

1/26/2021: Second Reading Passed with Amendments

1/29/2021: Third Reading Passed

2/2/2021: Referred to House Committee – Health & Government Operations

*Sent to Opposite Committee*

3/23/2021: Hearing at 1:30pm canceled 

4/9/2021: Favorable with Amendments Report by Health and Government Operations, Favorable with Amendments Adopted, Second Reading Passed with Amendments, Third Reading Passed

*Review in Original Chamber*

4/12/2021: Senate Concurs with House Amendments, Third Reading Passed, Passed Enrolled

*Sent to Governor*

House

2/8/2021: First Reading

2/23/2021: Hearing at 1:30pm

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 Numbers: SB0311 & HB0025

Committees: 

Senate – Judicial Proceedings

House – Judiciary

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

Senate: 

1/13/2021: First Reading

2/2/2021: Hearing at 1pm

House:

1/13/2021: First Reading

2/3/2021: Hearing at 1:30pm

 

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.

House:

1/13/2021: First Reading

1/28/2021: Hearing at 1:30pm

4/1/2021: Withdrawn by Sponsor

Title: Criminal Law – Felony Second-Degree Assault – Emergency Medical Care Workers

Bill Number: HB1110

Committee: Judiciary

Description: Prohibiting a person from intentionally causing physical injury to another if the person knows or has reason to know that the other is a worker who is providing emergency and related services in a certain department at a certain hospital or certain freestanding medical facility; and establishing that a person who violates the Act is guilty of the felony of assault in the second degree and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both.

House 

2/5/2021: First Reading

3/2/2021: Hearing at 1:30pm

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

Bill Numbers: SB0279 & HB0396

Committees: 

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:

1/13/2021: First Reading

1/26/2021: Hearing at 1pm

House: 

1/13/2021: First Reading

3/11/2021: Hearing at 1:30pm

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

Bill Numbers: SB0017 & HB0855

Committees:

Senate – Judicial Proceedings

House – Judiciary

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

Senate:

1/13/2021: First Reading

1/19/2021: Hearing at 11am

3/22/2021: Favorable Report by Judicial Proceedings, Favorable Adopted, Second Reading Passed, Motion Rules Suspend Two Readings Same Day Const/Rule 24 (Senator King) Adopted, Third Reading Passed

3/24/2021: Referred to Judiciary in House

*Sent to Opposite Chamber*

4/5/2021: Favorable with Amendments Report by Judiciary, Favorable with Amendments Adopted, Second Reading Passed with Amendments

4/6/2021: Third Reading Passed

*Review in Original Chamber*

4/12/2021: Senate Concurs House Amendments, Third Reading Passed, Passed Enrolled

*Sent to Governor*

House: 

1/29/2021: First Reading

2/24/2021: Hearing at 1:30pm

3/20/2021: Favorable with Amendments Report by Judiciary, Favorable with Amendments Adopted, Second Reading Passed with Amendments

3/22/2021: Third Reading Passed, referred to Opposite Chamber Committee – Judicial Proceedings

*Sent to Opposite Chamber*

TitleCriminal Procedure – Expungement of Conviction – Driving While Privilege Is Canceled, Suspended, Refused, or Revoked

Bill Number: SB0114

Committee: 

Senate – Judicial Proceedings

House – Judiciary

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.

Senate:

1/13/2021: First Reading

1/19/2021: Hearing at 11am

3/9/2021: Favorable with Amendments Report by Judicial Proceedings

3/11/2021: Favorable with Amendments Adopted

3/11/2021: Second Reading Passed with Amendments

3/12/2021: Third Reading Passed

3/16/2021: Referred to Judiciary Committee in House

*Sent to opposite chamber*

4/1/2021: Hearing at 1:30pm in House

4/7/2021: Favorable Report by Judiciary, Favorable Adopted, Second Reading Passed

4/8/2021: Third Reading Passed, Returned Passed

*Review in Original Chamber*

Passed Both Chambers

*Sent to Governor*

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

Bill Number: SB0078

Committee:

Senate – Judicial Proceedings

House – Judiciary

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.

Senate:

1/13/2021: First Reading

2/3/2021: Hearing at 1pm

3/19/2021: Favorable with Amendments by Judicial Proceedings, Favorable with Amendments Adopted, Second Reading Passed

3/22/2021: Third Reading Passed, referred to Judiciary Committee in House

*Sent to Opposite Chamber*

4/1/2021: Hearing at 1:30pm in House

4/7/2021: Favorable Report by Judiciary, Favorable Adopted, Second Reading Passed

4/8/2021: Third Reading Passed, Returned Passed

*Review in Original Chamber*

4/8/2021: Returned Passed

*Send to Governor*

Title: Public Safety – Access to Firearms – Storage Requirements (Jaelynn’s Law)

Bill Number: SB0479 & HB0200

Committee: 

Senate – Judicial Proceedings

House – Judiciary

Description: Altering a certain prohibition to prohibit a person from storing or leaving a firearm in a location where a minor could gain access to the firearm; altering a certain exception to the prohibition; establishing certain exceptions to the prohibition; prohibiting a person from storing or leaving a firearm in a location where an unsupervised minor could gain access to the firearm and an unsupervised minor does gain access to the firearm and the firearm causes harm to the minor or another person; establishing certain penalties; etc.

Senate: 

1/20/2021: First Reading

2/11/2021: Hearing at 11am

House: 

1/13/2021: First Reading

3/1/2021: Hearing at 1:30pm

Title: Vehicle Laws – Reckless Driving – Excessive Speeding

Bill Numbers: SB0337 & HB0494

Committees: 

Senate – Judicial Proceedings

House – Environment & Transportation

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.

Senate:

1/13/2021: First Reading

1/27/2021: Hearing at 11am

House:

 1/15/2021: First Reading

2/4/2021: Hearing at 1:30pm

2/19/2021: Withdrawn by Sponsor

Title: Vehicle Laws – Protective Headgear Requirement for Motorcycle Riders – Exception

Bill Number: SB0712

Committee: Judicial Proceedings

Status: Support – Verbal Testimony provided by Dr. Jack Mather

Description: Providing that the prohibition against operating or riding on a motorcycle without certain protective headgear does not apply to an individual at least 21 years old who has been licensed to operate a motorcycle for at least 2 years, has completed a certain motorcycle safety course, or is a passenger on a motorcycle operated by a driver who has been licensed for at least 2 years or has completed a certain motorcycle safety course.

Senate: 

2/3/2021: First Reading

2/23/2021: Hearing at 1pm

TitleHuman Services – Trauma-Informed Care – Commission and Training (Healing Maryland’s Trauma Act)

Bill Numbers: SB0299 & HB0548

Committees: 

Senate – Finance

House – Health & Government Operations

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.

Senate:

1/13/2021: First Reading

2/11/2021: Hearing at 1pm

3/9/2021: Favorable with Amendments Report, Favorable Amendments Adopted, Second Reading Passed with Amendments

3/11/2021: Third Reading Passed

3/11/2021: Referred to Health & Government Operations in House

*Send to opposite chamber*

3/23/2021: Hearing at 1:30pm in House

4/9/2021: Favorable Report by Health and Government Operations, Favorable Adopted, Second Reading Passed

4/12/2021: Third Reading Passed, Returned Passed by Senate

*Sent to Governor*

House:

1/20/2019: First Reading

2/9/2021: Hearing at 1:30pm

4/9/2021: Favorable with Amendments Report by Health and Government Operations, Favorable Amendments Adopted, Second Reading Passed with Amendments, Third Reading Passed

4/10/2021: Referred Rules

*Send to opposite chamber*

4/12/2021: Referred to Finance, Favorable Report by Finance, Favorable Adopted, Second Reading Passed, Third Reading Passed, Returned Passed by House

*Sent to Governor*

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

Bill Numbers: SB0250 & HB0147

Committees: 

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.

Senate:

1/13/2021: First Reading

1/20/2021: Hearing at 11am

3/22/2021: Favorable with Amendments Report, Favorable with Amendments Adopted, Second Reading Passed, Motion Rules Suspend Two Readings Same Day Const/Rule 24 (Senator King) Adopted, Third Reading Passed

3/24/2021: Referred to Judiciary in House

*Sent to Opposite Chamber*

4/1/2021: Hearing at 1:30pm

4/5/2021: Favorable with Amendments Report by Judiciary, Favorable with Amendments Adopted, Second Reading Passed with Amendments

4/6/2021: Third Reading Passed

*Review in Original Chamber*

4/8/2021: Senate Refuses Concur House Amendments, Senate Requests House Recede, Senate Conference Committee Appointed

4/10/2021: Senate Refuses Concur House Amendments, Senate Requests House Recede, Senate Conference Committee Appointed, House Refuses Recede, House Conference Committee Appointed, House Refuses Recede, House Conference Committee Appointed

House:

1/13/2021: First Reading

1/14/2021: Hearing at 1:30pm

2/5/2021: Favorable Report by Judiciary

2/11/2021: Favorable Adopted Second Reading Passed

2/12/2021: Third Reading Passed

2/16/2021: Referred to Judicial Proceedings in Senate

*Sent to Opposite Chamber*

Title: Peace Orders – Workplace Violence

Bill Numbers: SB0105 & HB0289

Committees: 

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.

Senate:

1/13/2021: First Reading

1/28/2021: Hearing at 11am

3/22/2021: Favorable with Amendments Report by Judicial Proceedings, Favorable with Amendments Adopted, Second Reading Passed with Amendments, Third Reading Passed

3/24/2021: Referred to Judiciary in House

*Sent to Opposite Chamber*

4/1/2021: Hearing at 1:30pm

4/5/2021: Favorable with Amendments Report By Judiciary, Favorable with Amendments Adopted, Second Reading Passed with Amendments

4/6/2021: Third Reading Passed

4/8/2021: Senate Refuses Concur House Amendments, Senate Requests House Recede, Senate Conference Committee Appointed

4/10/2021: Senate Refuses Concur House Amendments, Senate Requests House Recede, Senate Conference Committee Appointed, House Refuses Recede, House Conference Committee Appointed, House Refuses Recede, House Conference Committee Appointed

*Review in Original Chamber*

House:

1/13/2021: First Reading

1/14/2021: Hearing at 1:30pm

2/4/2021: Favorable Report by Judiciary

2/8/2021: Favorable Adopted, Second Reading Passed

2/11/2021: Third Reading Passed

2/10/2021: Referred to Judicial Proceedings in Senate

*Sent to Opposite Committee*

3/31/2021: Favorable with Amendments Report by Judicial Proceedings

4/1/2021: Favorable with Amendments, Motion Laid Over (Senator Hough) Adopted

4/7/2021: Second Reading Passed with Amendments

4/8/2021: Third Reading Passed

4/9/2021: House Refuses Concur Senate Amendments, House Requests Senate Recede, House Conference Committee Appointed

4/10/2021: House Refuses Concur Senate Amendments, House Requests Senate Recede, House Conference Committee Appointed, Senate Refuses Recede, Senate Conference Committee Appointed, Senate Refuses Recede, Senate Conference Committee Appointed

4/12/2021: Conference Committee Report Adopted, Third Reading Passed, Confernece Committee Report Adopted, Third Reading Passed, Passed Enrolled by House

*Sent to Governor*

Updated: 4/14/2021 at 10am.