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February 21, 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020 4:24 PM | Becky Sieck (Administrator)

DATE:  February 21, 2020

As we discussed at our July 2019 retreat, the Legislative Committee offers its review of the bills introduced in the 2020 session of the Maryland General Assembly.  At this time, as determined by the COGS Board of Directors, COGS does not plan to take a position on any bills.  Any communication from COGS on legislative initiatives 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. This 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 ( http://mgaleg.maryland.gov; telephone 1-800-492-7122 -toll free) and by contacting their representatives in the Maryland Senate and Maryland House of Delegates.

Please note that any bills that are introduced from now on will be referred to the Rules Committees of their respective chambers.   For these bills that were introduced late in the session, there is no guarantee that such bills will receive a hearing.

If any member is interested in any of the bills introduced in the Maryland General Assembly, please be sure to check on the Maryland General Assembly website for the correct date and time of the bill hearing, as well as any voting sessions that may be scheduled after the bill hearing.

Bills introduced in the Senate through February 21, 2020

SB 44, Public Buildings – Changing Facilities for Adult Diapers, heard before Senate Judicial Proceedings, 1/16

SB 112, Health Insurance – Health Information – Disclaimers Between Carriers, passed Senate, referred to House HGO

SB 124 (HB 196), Maryland Health Benefit Exchange – Establishment of State-Based Health Insurance Subsidies Program, heard before Senate Finance on 2/5

SB 150 (HB 393), Estate Recovery – Presentation of Claims of Medicaid Participants, passed Senate, first reading at House Judiciary

SB 153 (HB 33), Criminal Law – Abuse or Neglect of Vulnerable Adults – Causing Severe Emotional Distress, heard before Senate Judicial Proceedings, 1/22

SB 278 (HB 342), Retirement Reduction Act of 2020, heard before B &T on 2/5

SB 407, Office of the Attorney General, Senior and Vulnerable Adult Asset Recovery Unit, Heard before Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on 2/12

SB 670, Department of Aging -Assisted Living Programs – Subsidies, Finance; B&T Committees, Hearing before Senate Finance on 2/19

SB 701, End-of- Life Option Act, Hearing before Senate JPR on 2/28

SB 702, Criminal Law, Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults, Hearing before Senate JPR on 2/20

SB 725, Md. Dept. of Health -Public Health Outreach Programs – Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s Disease. And Other Types of Dementia, Hearing before Education, Health & Environmental Affairs on 3/12

SB 833 (HB 1527), Adult Protective Services – Vulnerable Adult Registry – Investigations & Records of Abuse & Neglect and Workgroup Study, hearing before Judicial Proceedings on 3/4

SB 965 (HB 584), Day Care Centers for Elderly and Day Care Centers for Adults – Reimbursement, Hearing before Senate Finance on 3/10

SB 966 (HB 1615), Health Facilities – Assisted Living Programs – Referrals and Licenses, hearing before Finance on 3/5

SB 969 (HB 1063), Health Care Facilities, Assisted Living Programs – Regulation Staffing & Training, hearing before Senate Finance on 3/5

Bills introduced in the House through February 21, 2020

HB 10, Public Buildings – Changing Facilities for Adult Diapers

HB 33 (SB 153), Criminal Law – Abuse or Neglect of Vulnerable Adults – Causing Severe Emotional Distress, heard before House Judiciary, 1/22

HB 196 (SB 124), Maryland Health Benefit Exchange – Establishment of State-Based Health Insurance Subsidies Program, Hearing set before House HGO on 2/20

HB 256, Maryland Estates and Trusts, Unified Credit, heard before Ways and Means, 2/13

HB 320 (SB 702), Criminal Law, Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults, heard before House Judiciary on, 2/4

HB 342, Retirement Reduction Act of 2020, heard before W & M, 2/14

HB 393 (SB 150), Estate Recovery – Presentation of Claims of Medicaid Participants, Heard by House Judiciary on 2/5

HB 456, Maryland Department of Health – Public Outreach Programs – Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Types of Dementia, heard before Health and Gov. Operations on 2/12

HB 498, Department of Aging – Grants for Aging in Place Programs – Funding, heard before Appropriations on 2/11

HB 564, Department of Aging -Assisted Living Programs – Subsidies, hearing set before Appropriations Committee on 2/25

HB 584, Day Care Centers for Elderly and Day Care Centers for Adults – Reimbursement, hearing on 2/25 before Appropriations

HB 643, End-of- Life Option Act, referred to Judiciary and HGO Committees

HB 745, Office of the Attorney General, Senior and Vulnerable Adult Asset Recovery Unit, Hearing set before House Judiciary on 3/5

HB 1063 (SB 969), Health Care Facilities, Assisted Living Programs – Regulation Staffing & Training, hearing before House HGO on 3/5

HB 1282, Criminal Procedure – Vulnerable Adult Abuse Registry, hearing before Judiciary on 3/5

HB 1527 (SB 833), Adult Protective Services – Vulnerable Adult Registry – Investigations & Records of Abuse & Neglect and Workgroup Study, hearing before Judiciary on 3/5

HB 1615 (SB 966), Health Facilities – Assisted Living Programs – Referrals and Licenses, Rules

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