Select Proposed Legislation of Potential Interest to COGS Membership

Friday, February 04, 2022 9:11 AM | Becky Sieck (Administrator)

TO:               COGS Membership

FROM:         Legislative Committee

RE:               Select Proposed Legislation of Potential Interest to COGS Membership

DATE:          February 2, 2022

Hello, COGS members!  This memo reflects updates as of February 2 on bills introduced in the Maryland General Assembly.  As a service to our membership, the COGS Legislative Committee is reviewing bills introduced in the House and Senate which may be of interest to our members.  COGS will not take any position on these bills as an organization, but we hope that this list will keep you informed of initiatives that may be of interest to you.  Any communication from COGS on legislative matters is for the benefit of our members who may choose to pursue legislative advocacy that reflects their personal or professional concerns.  This effort is a service offered by the COGS Legislative Committee and represents our best efforts. We make no representation that this communication addresses all issues that may affect all COGS members. 

We urge our members to explore additional information on legislative initiatives by consulting the Maryland General Assembly (; telephone 1-800-492-7122 -toll free) and by contacting their representatives in the Maryland Senate and Maryland House of Delegates.  We expect to send you updates on bills introduced in our General Assembly throughout the session.

Please note that bill introduction deadlines are February 4th in the House and February 7th in the Senate.  Following these dates, any bills introduced are referred to the Rules Committees and may or may not receive a hearing.

For those who wish to access the bills introduced according to subject, you may find it useful to refer to the subject index in the Maryland General Assembly website.  In particular, these topics may be useful: assisted living; elderly persons; estates and trusts; health care facilities; and vulnerable adults

Bills introduced in the Senate through SB 562 (with associated bills cross-filed in the House)

SB 175, Fiduciary Institutions – Investigation of Financial Abuse and Financial Exploitation – Records Disclosure

SB 0251/ HB 186, Income Tax- Subtraction Modification for Centenarians

SB 344, Retirement Tax Reduction Act of 2022

SB 357, Adult Protective Services- Vulnerable Adults Registry – Investigations and Records of Abuse and Neglect and Workgroup Study

SB 405, Retirement Tax Elimination Act of 2022

SB 505, Dept. of Aging – Dementia Care Coordinator and Dementia Care Navigators

SB 531, Maryland Health Care Commission – Assisted Living Programs – Study

SB 562, Correctional Services – Geriatric and Medical Parole

Bills introduced in the House through HB 529 (see above for bills cross-filed in Senate)

HB 161, Criminal Law – Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults or Elderly Individual – Undue Influence

HB 166, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia – Council and Coordination of Services  ( Dementia Services Act of 2022)

HB 430, Human Services – Secretary of Aging – Qualifications

HB 449, Property Tax- Renter’s Property Tax Relief Program- Application Period (at least 70 years old)

HB 456, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – State Supplement ( at least 60 years old)

HB 499, Income Tax – Subtraction Modification – Retirement Income

HB 529, Estates and Trusts – Supported Decision Making


Respectfully submitted 2/2/2022

Donald Hott

COGS Legislative Chair

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