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2019 Disability Legislation​

This listing does not indicate support or non support of legislation by the department or administration.  This is a partial listing of bills and is not exhaustive of all possible disability related legislation proposed during session.   Click here for a full listing of legislative bills​.


  • ADA/Accessibility
  • Community Living
  • Education
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Employment
  • Legal/Family Law
  • Finance
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Public Safety
  • Transportation

ADA/Accessibility

HB174 - Election Law - Absentee Ballot Requests

  • Altering a certain provision of law to require absent uniformed services voters and overseas voters as defined in the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act

SB330/HB1244 - Public Buildings and Places of Public Accommodation Diaper Changing

  • Requiring, except under certain circumstances, that a diaper-changing facility be installed in certain public restrooms in certain public buildings

SB271/HB317 - Maryland Commission on Civil Rights - Civil Penalties

  • Increasing certain civil penalties the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights

SB266/HB1125 - Parking for Individuals with Disabilities - Continuing Care Retirement Facility - Time Limitation

  • Increasing certain civil penalties the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights


Community Living

HB266/SB550 - Food Stamp Program - Minimum Benefit for Disabled Individuals

  • Requiring the State to provide a certain supplement to a household that includes a disabled individual who receives a federally funded benefit of less than $30 per month under the food stamp program. 

Education
 

SB165/HB148 - Safe Schools Maryland Act 2019

  • Establishing the Safe Schools Maryland Program in the Maryland Center for School Safety 

HB110 - Elementary School Student - Daily Physical Activity

  • Requiring a public school student in elementary school to be provided a daily program of physical activity totaling 150 minutes each week

HB140 - Administrative Proceedings and Judicial Actions

  • Authorizing an administrative law judge to award certain attorneys fees and relates costs to the parent of a child with a disability who is the prevailing party

HB256/SB223 - Guidelines on Trauma-Informed Approach

  • Establishing the Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative in the State Department of Education

SB182 - Supplemental Services and Supports for Students w/ Disabilities Grant Program

  • Requiring the Maryland Higher Education Commission to consult with the Maryland Association of Community Colleges when establishing a certain review process and adopting certain guidelines

HB399/SB311 - Private Career Schools and For-Profit Institutions of Higher Education - Disclosures and Regulation

  • Requiring private career schools and certain for-profit institutions of higher education to provide certain students with certain information

SB318 - School Safety Subcabinet Advisory Board - Membership

  • Altering the membership of the School Safety Subcabinet Advisory Board

HB295/SB848 - Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools - Discrimination Prohibition

  • Altering the membership of the School Safety Subcabinet Advisory Board

SB165/HB148 - Safe Schools Maryland Act of 2019

  • Establishing the Safe Schools Maryland Program in the Maryland Center for School Safety

HB611 - Special Education Individualized Education Programs - Timeline for Independent Educational Evaluations

  • Authorizing a parent of a student with a disability to request an independent educational evaluation at public expense under certain circumstances

SB778/HB708 - Education - Identification of Students with Traumatic Brain Injury - Study and Report

  • Requiring the Maryland Department of Health, the State Department of Education, and the State Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board jointly to study the under-identification of traumatic brain injuries among school-aged children


Emergency Preparedness

​Employment

HB166/SB280 - Payment of Wages - Minimum Wage and Enforcement

  • Specifying the State minimum wage rate that is in effect for certain periods

HB341 - Labor and Employment - Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program - Establishment (Time to Care Act of 2019)

  • Establishing the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program

HB158/SB169 - State Personnel Recruitment Modernization Act of 2019

  • Specifying the State minimum wage rate that is in effect for certain periods


​Legal/Family Law

SB24/HB1212 - Family Law - Kinship Caregivers

  • Authorizing a local department of social services to place a child for a certain initial placement with a kinship caregiver as an alternative.

HB77/SB395- Criminal Law - Decriminalization of Attempted Suicide

  • Providing that attempted suicide is not a crime in the State


HB142 - Family Law - Opioid Exposed Newborns and Parent Addicted to Opioids

  • Requiring a local department of social services, if appropriate, to monitor an opioid-exposed newborn through a certain mobile application under certain circumstances.

HB317/SB271- Maryland Commission on Civil Rights - Civil Penalties

  • Increasing certain civil penalties the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights is authorized to seek if it finds that a respondent has engaged in a discriminatory act

HB399/SB311- End-of-Live Option Act (Richard E. Israel and Roger "Pip" Moyer Act)

  • Authorizing an individual to request aid in dying by making specified requests


Finance

HB100 - Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2020)

  • Making proposed appropriations contained in the State Budget for fiscal year ending June 30, 2020

​Health

SB28 - Health Insurance - Coverage Requirements for Behavioral Health Disorders

  • Altering the definition of "health benefit plan".

SB71 - Juvenile Law - Intake Procedures

  • Extending the period of time, from within 25 days to within 30 days of receiving a complaint, during which a juvenile intake officer, in considering a certain complaint involving a child, is required to make a certain inquiry and is authorized to take certain actions

HB47/SB404 - Maryland School Based Health Center Standards - Revision

  • Requiring the State Department of Education and the Maryland Department of Health to revise the Maryland School-Based Health Center Standards

HB116 - Correctional Services - Opioid Use Disorder Examinations & Treatment

  • Repealing the requirement for a certain inmate to be placed on a program of methadone detoxification

SB77 - Estates and Trusts - Protections of Minors and Disabled Person

  • Altering the jurisdiction of the orphans' courts and circuit courts over certain guardians of the person and guardians of the property

HB145/SB301 - Hospitals - Patients Bill of Rights

  • Requiring each administrator of a hospital to provide patients with certain patient's bill of rights

SB105 - Maryland Veterans Service Animal Program - Therapy Horses
  • Altering the definition of "nonprofit training entity" for the purposes of the Maryland Veterans Service Animal Program

SB178 - Behavioral Health Programs - Medical Directors - Telehealth

  • Requiring that regulations adopted under certain provision of law regulating behavioral health programs include provisions 

HB139/SB135 - Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Site Program

  • Authorizing the establishment of an Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Site Program by a community-based organization

SB302 - Mental Health - Electroconvulsive Therapy for Minors - Prohibition

  • Prohibiting a person from performing electroconvulsive therapy on a minor

HB306/SB402 - Involuntary Admission - Inmate in Correctional Facilities

  • Repealing a certain provision of law to allow an application for involuntary admission to a facility for an inmate in certain institutions

HB427/SB403 - Outpatient Civil Commitment Statewide Expansion

  • Repealing a certain provision of law to allow an application for involuntary admission to a facility for an inmate in certain institutions

HB434/SB307 - Involuntary Admission - Inmate in Correctional Facilities

  • Repealing a certain provision of law to allow an application for involuntary admission to a facility for an inmate in certain institutions

HB309 - Task Force on Oral Health in Maryland

  • Establishing the Task Force on Oral Health in Maryland to study access to dental services for all

HB783/SB993 - Task Force to Study Behavioral and Mental Health in Maryland

  • Establishing the Task Force to study behavioral and Mental Health in Maryland.

HB155/SB164 - Capital and Grant Programs - State Grants

  • Increasing the caps on the percentages of certain costs for construction

HB434/SB307- Pediatric Stroke - Awareness, Training, an Resource Materials (Laney James Fitzsimmons Act)

  • Requiring the State Department of Education, in collaboration with the Maryland Department of Health to promote awareness in and provide training

​Housing

SB357 - Property Tax Exemption - Disabled Veterans

  • Expanding eligibility for a property tax exemption for the dwelling house of a disabled veteran

HB451 - Fair Housing Opportunities Act of 2019

  • Expanding the housing policy of the State to include providing for fair housing to all citizens regardless of source of income

​Public Safety

HB397/SB339 - Public Safety - 911 - Emergency Telephone System

  • Requiring a certain custodian of records to deny inspection of the part of a 9-1-1 communications record that depicts certain information, subject to a certain exception


​Transportation

SB14 - Vehicle Laws - Personal Electric Transportation Devices- Definitions

  • Altering the definition of "electric personal assistive mobility device".

HB112/SB804 - Vehicle Laws - Injury or Death of Vulnerable Individuals - Penalties

  • Prohibiting a person from causing the serious injury or death of a vulnerable individual as a result of the person operating a vehicle in a careless or distracted manner

SB266 - Parking for Individuals w/ Disabilities - Continuing Care Retirement Facility - Time Limitation

  • Authorizing the owner or operator of a parking lot used by a continuing care retirement community to limit the amount of time that a motor vehicle is authorized to be parked in any parking space

HB366/SB0982 - Commission to Study Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Funding

  • Establishing the Commission to Study Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Funding