Select Proposed Legislation of Potential Interest to COGS Membership

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 5:27 PM | Becky Sieck (Administrator)

TO:               COGS Membership

FROM:         Legislative Committee

RE:               Select Proposed Legislation of Potential Interest to COGS Membership

DATE:          February 21, 2022

Hello, COGS members!  This memo reflects updates as of February 21st 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; Vulnerable adults, Adult abuse, Dept. of Aging, Senior citizens, Prescription pricing, Caregiver, Nursing Homes and Disabled persons.


Bills introduced in the Senate through SB 957 (with associated bills cross-filed in the House)


SB 3/ HB 0297, Facilities – Disabilities, Juveniles, Behavioral Health and Health Care – Safety Plans


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


SB 236, Maryland Veterans Trust Fund – CAM for Veterans Grant Program – Established ( David Perez Military Heroes Act (End 22 a Day))


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


SB 344, Retirement Tax Reduction Act of 2022


SB 353, Health Insurance – Prescription Insulin Drugs – Limits on Copayment and Coinsurance (Insulin Cost Reduction Act)


SB 357/ HB 0589, Adult Protective Services- Vulnerable Adults Registry – Investigations and Records of Abuse and Neglect and Workgroup Study


SB 407/ HB 407 Health Occupations – Health Care Staffing Shortage Emergency – Declaration and Licensing and Practice Requirements

( Health Care Heroes Act of 2022 )


SB 405, Retirement Tax Elimination Act of 2022


SB 505/ HB 0731, Dept. of Aging – Dementia Care Coordinator and Dementia Care Navigators


SB 527/ HB 1051, Elderly Individuals – Howard County and Montgomery County Adult Day Health Care Services Pilot Program and Task Force


SB 531/ HB 0636, Maryland Health Care Commission – Assisted Living Programs – Study


SB 562/ HB 0600, Correctional Services – Geriatric and Medical Parole


SB 0624, Assisted Living Programs – Assisted Living Referrers – Requirements and Prohibitions


SB 0637/ HB 935, Health and Health Insurance – Behavioral Health Services – Expansion  (Behavioral Health System Modernization Act)


SB 677, Maryland Health Care commission – Nursing Homes – Audit


SB 694/ HB 0990, Estates and Trusts – Guardianship of the Property of Disabled Persons – Court Appointed Attorneys


SB 0720/ HB 1034, State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators- Renaming and Licensure of Assisted Living Managers


SB 730/ HB 0802, Estates and Trusts – Claims Against an Estate – Statue of Limitations


SB 0743, Maryland Medical Assistance Program – Affordable Assisted Living Enhanced Care Pilot Program


SB 809/ HB 1138, Homeowners Property Tax Credit – Easy Application and Automatic Renewal


SB 901, Property Tax – Elderly Individuals and Veteran Tax Credit – Amount and Duration


SB 909/ HB 1241, Health Occupations – Nursing Home Administrator – Qualifications




Bills introduced in the House through HB 1361 (see above for bills cross-filed in Senate)


HB 0008/ SB 0275, Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program – Establishment ( Time to Care Act of 2022)


HB 062, Income Tax – Credit for Long – Term Care Premiums (Long – Term Care Relief Act of 2022)


HB 092, Maryland General and Limited Power of Attorney Act – Assistance with Governmental Benefits and Programs


HB 103/ SB 085, Property Tax Credit for Disabled Veterans - Established


HB 115, Real Property – Transfer to Heir – Exemption from Prepayment


HB 224/ SB 0148, Property Tax Exemption- Disabled Veterans


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 187, Estates and Trusts – Administration of Estates – Fees


HB 337/ SB 0021, Criminal Procedure – Sentencing – Primary Caretaker


HB 430/ SB 0511, 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/ SB 0957, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – State Supplement ( at least 60 years old)


HB 466, Income Tax – Personal Exemption – Disabled Individuals


HB 473, Income Tax – Subtraction Modification – Military Retirement Income


HB 496, Labor and Employment – Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program - Establishment


HB 499, Income Tax – Subtraction Modification – Retirement Income


HB 529, Estates and Trusts – Supported Decision Making


HB 534/ SB 0244, Maryland Medical Assistance – Self Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring


HB 589, Adult Protective Services – Vulnerable Adults Registry – Investigations and Records of Abuse and Neglect and Workgroup Study


HB 675/ SB 0621, Health Insurance – Changes to Coverage, Benefits and Drug Formularies - Timing


HB 702, Election Judges – Training and Signs – Accommodations for Voters in Need of Assistance


HB 726/ SB 0625, Transportation of Disabled Persons – Transportation Network Companies – Employee Requirements


HB 763/ SB 0231, Correctional Officers Retirement System - Membership


HB 787, Retiree Income Tax Act of 2022


HB 800/ SB 0565, Public Safety – Emergency Management – Price Gouging Consumer Protections


HB 809, Property Tax Exemption – Disabled Veteran, Active Duty and Surviving Spouse – Application Process


HB 892/ SB 0578, State Prescription Drug Benefits - Retirees


HB 903, Maryland Nondiscrimination in Health Care Coverage Act


HB 978, Income Tax – Caregiver Tax Credit


HB 979, Tax Sales – Homeowner Protection Program – Automatic Enrollment and Funding


HB 1019/ SB 083, Transportation – Elderly and Handicapped Transportation Service- County Funding


HB 1072, Assisted Living Program Licensing – Notice of Applicant Located in Common Ownership Community


HB 1198, Income Tax – Subtraction Modification – Retirement Income ( Fairness in Taxation for Retirees Act )


HB 1361, Property Taxes – Exemption – Dwellings of Senior Citizens


Any COGS members wanting a copy of any Bill in it’s entirety please contact me at 


Respectfully submitted 2/21/2022

Donald Hott

COGS Legislative Chair


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