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2020 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​.


HB0010/SB0044 - Public Buildings - Changing Facilities for Adult Diapers

  • Requiring, except under certain circumstances, that a diaper-changing facility suitable for changing the diaper of an adult be installed in newly constructed public buildings or public restrooms, or in a public restroom that undergoes substantial renovation, after October 1, 2020.

HB0140/SB0056Election Law - Petitions and Ballot Questions - Plain Language Requirement
  • Requiring that the signature page of a petition seeking to place a question on the ballot provide, under certain circumstances, certain information in plain language reasonably calculated to be understood by an individual who has attained no higher than a grade 6 level of reading comprehension

SB0083 - State Government - Delivery of Notices and Communications by Electronic Means
  • Authorizing a unit of State government to deliver certain notices and communications to a certain individual by electronic means if the individual has consented to receive such notices or communications from the unit;

HB0037/SB0145 - Election Law - Absentee Voting in Communications - Mail Iin Voting

  • Requiring the State Board of Elections and each local board of elections to refer to absentee ballots as "mail-in" ballots and absentee voting as "mail-in voting" in all communications with voters and the general public;

HB0142 - Election Law - Voting Order Priority - Individuals Who Need Extra Assistance
  • Requiring a chief election judge to give voting order priority to individuals with mobility problems and individuals accompanied by a young child or a child with a disability; authorizing certain individuals to request voting order priority of any election judge serving at a polling place;

HB0197 - Election Law - Qualification of Voters - Proof of Identity
  • Requiring an election judge to establish a voter's identity and verify the voter's address if the voter seeks to vote a regular ballot; requiring an election judge to qualify a voter by requesting the voter to present a current government-issued photo identification;

HB0426/SB0408 - Department of Legislative Services - Voting by Mail - Study

  • Requiring the Department of Legislative Services, in consultation with the State Board of Elections and the Maryland Association of Election Officials, to study the requirements to implement voting by mail; 

HB0442/SB0310 - Baltimore City - Elections - Early Voting Center

  • Requiring Baltimore City to have eight early voting centers; and requiring one of the early voting centers in Baltimore City to be at Frederick Douglass High School.

HB0604/SB0326 - State Libraries - Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and State Library Board

  • Renaming the Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped to be the Maryland Library for the Blind and Print Disabled;

Community Living
HB0564 - Department of Aging - Assisted Living Program - Subsidies Determinations

  • Requiring the Secretary of Aging to pay to certain low-income seniors a $1,000 subsidy from State general funds to help low-income seniors reside in assisted living programs; 

HB0584 - Day Care Centers for Elderly and Day Care Centers for Adults - Reimbursement
  • Requiring the Maryland Department of Health to reimburse day care centers for the elderly and day care centers for adults for a day of care

 HB0026 - Attendance of Students - Lawful Absences - Mental Illness
  • Bill imposes a local government mandate which is a directive in a bill requiring a local government unit to perform a task or assume a responsibility that has a discernible fiscal impact on the local government unit

SB0133 - High School Students Graduation and attendance Credit for Vocational Training
  • Authorizing a county board of education to award credit to a high school student toward a high school diploma or a postsecondary credential, or both, for one vocational course per semester in a career and technical education program approved by the county board;

HB0184 - Special Education - Judicial Actions Attorney's Fees and Related Costs
  • Authorizing a court to award attorney's fees and related costs to the parent of a child with a disability who is the prevailing party in a certain special education proceeding;

SB0277 - State Department of Education - Guidelines on Trauma-Informed Approach
  • Establishing the Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative in the State Department of Education to expand the use of the trauma-informed approach used in schools and to intensively train schools on becoming trauma-informed schools;

HB0327 - Public Schools - School Resource Officers - Prohibited Conduct

  • Prohibiting a school administrator or official or a school safety coordinator from directing a school resource officer to enforce certain discipline-related policies, rules, regulations, or procedures;

HB0328 - State Department of Education - School Discipline Data Collection

  • Requiring the State Department of Education to disaggregate certain discipline-related data in an electronic spreadsheet format for the Maryland Report Card website; requiring certain discipline-related data to be available as a data download;

HB0383 - State Department of Education -Performance Reports - Students with Disabilities
  • Requiring each report on student performance that is published by the State Department of Education to include data disaggregated by student status under § 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

HB0396 - Child Care Centers - Early Childhood Screening for Developmental Disabilities

  • Requiring, beginning July 1, 2021, certain child care centers to offer early childhood screening for developmental disabilities for each child under the age of 3 years in the child care center in a certain manner;

HB0415 - Higher Education - Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship - Revisions

  • Altering the eligibility requirements for a Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship to repeal a provision of law requiring a certain applicant to apply within 2 years after graduating from high school;

HB0475 - Community Colleges - Students with Disabilities

  • 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 or regulations for a grant program for supplemental services and supports for students with disabilities in community colleges; 

HB0522Education - Home and Hospital Teaching Program for Students - Report

  • Requiring the State Department of Education to study certain matters relating to the Home and Hospital Teaching Program for Students and make recommendations regarding any statutory or regulatory changes to the program;

HB0535 - Anne Arundel County Public Schools - Preventative Measure Unit Pilot Program

  • Establishing the Preventive Measure Unit Pilot Program in Anne Arundel County; requiring the Anne Arundel County Board of Education, in collaboration with the County Police Department and the County Mental Health Agency, to establish a preventive measure unit position in three middle schools to monitor students with behavioral, social, or legal difficulties during certain school years; 

Emergency Preparedness
HB0006/SB0061 - Public Safety 9-1-1 Fees - Audits
  • Requiring the Comptroller, in consultation with the Emergency Number Systems Board, rather than the Board, to adopt procedures for certain auditing surcharge collection and remittance;

SB0080 - Maryland Intrastate Emergency Management Assistance Compact

  • Renaming the Maryland Emergency Management Assistance Compact to be the Maryland Intrastate Emergency Management Assistance Compact;

SB0081 - State Government - Emergency Management - Continuity Planning
  • Requiring certain principal departments of the Executive Branch to develop, annually update, and submit to the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) certain continuity of operations plans;

HB0312 -  Discrimination in Employment Reasonable Accommodations for Applicants with Disabilities
  • Prohibiting an employer from failing or refusing to make a reasonable accommodation for the known disability of an otherwise qualified applicant for employment;

​Legal/Family Law
​HB042/SB0067 - Public Information Act - Applications for Inspections Response and Time Limits
  • Decreasing the time periods within which a custodian is required to grant or deny a certain application to inspect a public record and produce a public record in response to an approved application;

HB0033/SB0153 - Abuse or Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult - Causing Severe Emotional Distress
  • Prohibiting a certain person from causing abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult that causes severe emotional distress to the vulnerable adult;

HB0304 - Consumer Protection - Unfair, Abusive, or Deceptive Trade Practices - Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults

  • Authorizing the Division of Consumer Protection in the Office of the Attorney General to bring a certain action under the Consumer Protection Act against a person who violates a certain provision of criminal law regarding the exploitation of a vulnerable adult; 

HB0320 - Criminal Law Exploitation of Vulnerable Adult or Elderly Individual - Undue Influence

  • Altering the definition of "undue influence" for purposes of provisions of law prohibiting the exploitation of certain vulnerable adults or individuals at least 68 years old; 

HB0393 - Estates and Trusts - Estate Recoveries - Presentation of Claims Against Medicaid Recipients

  • Altering the period of time within which the Maryland Department of Health must present a claim against the estate of a deceased Maryland Medical Assistance Program recipient before the claim is barred.

HB0477 - Estates and Trusts - Guardianship of the Property of Disabled Persons - Court Appointed Attorneys
  • Requiring the State to pay reasonable attorney's fees incurred in representing an alleged disabled person who is indigent in a petition for the appointment of a guardian of the property of the person;

HB0579 - Maryland Commission on Civil Rights - Civil Penalties
  • Providing that certain maximum penalty amounts the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights is authorized to seek if it finds that a respondent has engaged in a discriminatory act regarding public accommodations;

​HB0018 - State Operating Budge - Publication of Expenditures
  • Requiring a public body to submit to the Department of Budget and Management a report of each expenditure by the public body.

HB0060 - Local Pension systems - Special Disability Retirement Allowance
  • Requiring that the appropriate authority of a local pension system offer a special disability retirement allowance to a member if the member is, as determined by the appropriate authority of a local pension system, totally and permanently physically incapacitated for duty arising out of or in the course of the actual performance of duty without willful negligence by the member;

HB0150 - Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2021)
  • Making the proposed appropriations contained in the State Budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, in accordance with Article III, Section 52 of the Maryland Constitution;

HB0152 - Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2020
  • Authorizing, altering, or requiring the distribution and payment of certain revenue in certain fiscal years; altering the requirement that the Comptroller provide notice of abandoned property in a certain manner; 

HB0257/SB0417 - Property Tax - Credit for Disabled Veterans

  • Authorizing the governing body of a county or municipal corporation to grant a certain property tax credit against the county or municipal corporation property tax imposed on the dwelling house of certain disabled veterans with a service-connected disability rating of at least 50%;

HB0113 - Hospitals - Patient's Bill of Rights - Minor Patients
  • Requiring that the patient's bill of rights required to be provided to each patient by a hospital include a statement in plain language that a parent or guardian of a minor patient has full decision-making authority regarding the health care of the minor patient unless a provision of federal or State law allows the minor patient to consent to medical treatment.

HB0317 - Mental Health - Involuntary Admissions - Procedures

  • Authorizing a facility or Veterans' Administration hospital to take an individual who is involuntarily admitted under certain circumstances into confinement on observation status;

HB0331 - Public Schools - Medical Canabis - Guidelines for Administration to Students

    • Requiring, on or before December 1, 2020, the State Department of Education and the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission jointly to develop guidelines for public schools regarding the administration of medical cannabis to certain students during school hours and school-sponsored after-school activities; providing for the contents of the guidelines; requiring, on or before December 1, 2020, the Department and the Commission jointly to provide certain technical assistance to schools; 

HB0332 - Mental Health - Emergency Facilities List - Comprehensive Crisis Response Centers, Crisis Stabilization Centers, and Crisis Treatment Centers

  • Providing that the list of emergency facilities the Maryland Department of Health is required to publish may include comprehensive crisis response centers, crisis stabilization centers, and crisis treatment centers.

HB0374/SB0453 - Behavioral Health Administration - Children with Mental Disorders- List of Available Servers

  • Requiring the Behavioral Health Administration to maintain an updated list of the specific service categories in psychiatric rehabilitation, therapeutic, care coordination, and home health aide services available to a child in the State who has a mental disorder;

HB0448/SB0402 - Health Care Practitioners - Telehealth

  • Authorizing certain health care practitioners to establish a practitioner-patient relationship through certain telehealth interactions under certain circumstances;

HB0455/SB0334 - Health Insurance - Coverage for Mental Health Benefits and Substance Use Disorder Benefits Treatment Criteria

  • Authorizing certain health care practitioners to establish a practitioner-patient relationship through certain telehealth interactions under certain circumstances; 

HB0456 - Maryland Department of Health - Public Health Outreach Programs - Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer's Disease, and Other Types of Dementia

  • Requiring the Maryland Department of Health, in partnership with the Department of Aging, the Virginia I. Jones Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Council, and the Alzheimer's Association, to incorporate information regarding cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease, and other types of dementia 

HB0464 - Public Health - Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Services Program

  • 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;

HB0512 - Drugs and Devices Electronic Prescriptions - Controlled Dangerous Substances
  • Authorizing certain controlled dangerous substance prescriptions to be dispensed on an electronic prescription; requiring, except under certain circumstances, a certain health practitioner to issue a prescription for a controlled dangerous substance electronically;

HB0547/SB0455 - Health - Maryland Children's Service Animal Program - Establishment

  • Establishing the Maryland Children's Service Animal Program in the Maryland Department of Health to serve the needs of children with a history of trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder by teaching them to partner with a service or support dog or to interact with therapy horses; 

​HB0231 - Housing Opportunities Made Equal Act
  • Expanding the housing policy of the State to include providing for fair housing to all citizens regardless of source of income; 

HB0353 - Frederick County - Elderly or Disabled Renters - Grants
  • Authorizing the governing body of Frederick County to provide, by law, a grant to certain elderly or disabled renters of property; authorizing the governing body of Frederick County to establish qualifications for the grant;

Public Safety
​HB0006/SB0061 - Public Safety 9-1-1 Fees Audit
  • Requiring the Comptroller, in consultation with the Emergency Number Systems Board, rather than the Board, to adopt procedures for certain auditing surcharge collection and remittance; requiring that the procedures be consistent with certain audit and appeal procedures;

HB0524 - Correctional Services - Pregnant Incarcerated Individuals - Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment

  • Requiring that a certain pregnant incarcerated individual be screened for substance use disorder at intake using a validated screening tool;

HB0607/SB0305 - Public Safety - Crisis Prevention Team Center for Excellence
  • Establishing the Crisis Intervention Team Center of Excellence in the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention to provide technical support to local governments, law enforcement, public safety agencies, behavioral health agencies, and crisis service providers and to develop and implement a crisis intervention model program; 

​HB0120/SB0171 - Motor Carriers and For-Hire Driving Services - Non-Profit Organizations and Volunteer Drivers

  • Providing that a motor carrier permit is not required for transportation services that a nonprofit organization provides through the use of a volunteer driver and the volunteer driver's personal vehicle; altering the definition of "transportation network services";

HB0194/SB0285 - State Highway Administration - Highway Work Permits - Pedestrian Access

  • Requiring a person that obtains a highway work permit from the State Highway Administration to maintain pedestrian access at work sites that are within 2 miles of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority rail services or transit stations or Maryland Transit Administration transit stations, including Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) stations;

HB0478 - Election Law - Early Voting Centers - Accessibility by Public Transportation

  • Requiring that, in a county that has fixed-route public transportation service, each early voting center must be located not more than one-quarter mile from a public transportation station or stop

HB0557 - Motor and Electric Scooter Sharing Companies - Nonvisual Access
  • Requiring that motor scooter sharing companies include on each motor scooter or electric low speed scooter made available to the public an embossed tactile phone number through which an individual who is blind or visually impaired may contact the company;