Capitol Building Maryland Register

Issue Date: February 12, 2021

Volume 48 •  Issue 4  • Pages 147—194

IN THIS ISSUE

Governor

General Assembly

Regulations

Errata

General Notices

Pursuant to State Government Article, §7-206, Annotated Code of Maryland, this issue contains all previously unpublished documents required to be published, and filed on or before January 25, 2021 5 p.m.
 
Pursuant to State Government Article, §7-206, Annotated Code of Maryland, I hereby certify that this issue contains all documents required to be codified as of January 25, 2021.
 
Gail S. Klakring
Acting Administrator, Division of State Documents
Office of the Secretary of State

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Closing Dates for the Maryland Register

Schedule of Closing Dates and Issue Dates for the
Maryland Register .....................................................................  150

 

COMAR Research Aids

Table of Pending Proposals ...........................................................  151

 

Index of COMAR Titles Affected in This Issue

COMAR Title Number and Name                                                  Page

09        Maryland Department of Labor .........................  175, 176, 180

10        Maryland Department of Health ........................  176, 180, 181

11        Department of Transportation ............................................  177

12        Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services .....  177

13B     Maryland Higher Education Commission .........................  180

14        Independent Agencies .......................................................  178

26        Department of the Environment ........................................  178

31        Maryland Insurance Administration ..................................  178

 

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The Governor

EXECUTIVE ORDER 01.01.2021.02 ..................................  153

EXECUTIVE ORDER 01.01.2021.03 ..................................  154

EXECUTIVE ORDER 01.01.2021.04 ..................................  156

ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF
   MARYLAND

NUMBER 20-12-10-01 — Relating to Unemployment
   Insurance Contributions .  156

NUMBER 20-12-17-01 — Authorizing Quarantine and/or
   Testing of Travelers .  157

NUMBER 20-12-17-02 — Amending and Restating the
   Order Dated October 16, 2020, Temporarily Prohibiting
   Evictions of Tenants Suffering Substantial Loss of Income
   Due to Covid-19, and Additionally Prohibiting Certain
   Repossessions, Restricting Initiation of Residential
   Mortgage Foreclosures, and Prohibiting Commercial
   Evictions ................................................................................  158

NUMBER 20-12-17-03 — Exempting Santa Claus and His
   Affiliated Elves and Reindeer from Traveler Testing and
   Quarantine Requirements .  160

PROCLAMATION

Renewal of Declaration of State of Emergency and Existence
   of Catastrophic Health Emergency — COVID-19 .  160

 

The General Assembly

SYNOPSIS NO. 2 .  162

 

Emergency Action on Regulations

09  MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

RACING COMMISSION

Thoroughbred Rules .  175

 

Final Action on Regulations

09  MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

COMMISSIONER OF FINANCIAL REGULATION

Credit and Other Regulation .  176

RACING COMMISSION

Prohibited Acts .  176

10  MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

MEDICAL CARE PROGRAMS

Family Planning Program Eligibility .  176

BOARD OF NURSING

Nursing Education Programs ...................................................  177

11  DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

MOTOR VEHICLE ADMINISTRATION—VEHICLE
   REGISTRATION

Electronic Lien Recording and Release .  177

12  DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES

POLICE TRAINING AND STANDARDS COMMISSION

General Regulations .  177

14  INDEPENDENT AGENCIES

MARYLAND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT
 CORPORATION

Definitions ................................................................................  178

Investment Programs ................................................................  178

Maryland Venture Fund .  178

Investment Committee .  178

Stem Cell Research Commission .  178

26  DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT

RADIATION MANAGEMENT

Radiation Protection .  178

Inspection and Certification .  178

31  MARYLAND INSURANCE ADMINISTRATION

PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE

Notices of Cancellation, Nonrenewal, Premium Increase, and
   Reduction in Coverage .  178

 

Withdrawal of Regulations

09  MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

DIVISION OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY

Elevator, Escalator, and Chairlift Safety .  180

10  MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

HOSPITALS

Nursing Homes .  180

CANCER CONTROL

Professional and Volunteer Firefighter Innovative Cancer
   Screening Technologies Program ..  180

13B MARYLAND HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION

FINANCIAL AID

Delegate Howard P. Rawlings Educational Excellence
   Awards Program ..  180

 

Proposed Action on Regulations

10  MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

DISEASES

Communicable Diseases and Related Conditions of Public Health Importance    181

MEDICAL CARE PROGRAMS

Physicians’ Services .  182

Medical Laboratories .  183

School-Based Health Centers (SBHC)  183

1915(i) Intensive Behavioral Health Services for Children,
   Youth, and Families .  184

DRUGS

Emergency Use Auto-Injectable Epinephrine Program ..  186

BOARD OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS

General Regulations .  187

Licensing Procedures .  187

Continuing Education .  187

Rules of Procedure for Board Hearings .  187

 

Errata

COMAR 09.03.02.08 .  190

COMAR 09.10.01.07 .  190

COMAR 09.10.01.91 ...................................................................  190

COMAR 09.10.02.62 ...................................................................  190

COMAR Title 10 .  190

COMAR 10.09.18.07 .  190

COMAR 10.09.92.08 .  190

COMAR 12.04.01 ........................................................................  191

 

General Notices

CHESAPEAKE BAY TRUST

Public Meeting .........................................................................  192

MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH/OFFICE OF
   HEALTH SERVICES

Public Notice for Maryland Medicaid Medication Assisted
   Treatment (MAT) SPA ..  192

MARYLAND INSURANCE ADMINISTRATION

Public Meeting .  192

MARYLAND HEALTH CARE COMMISSION

Formal Start of Review ..  192

BOARD OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PRACTICE

Public Meeting .  192

MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Public Hearing ..........................................................................  192

BOARD OF WATERWORKS AND WASTE SYSTEMS
   OPERATORS

Public Meeting .........................................................................  193

BOARD OF WELL DRILLERS

Public Meeting .........................................................................  193

WORKERS' COMPENSATION COMMISSION

Public Meeting .........................................................................  193

 

 

COMAR Online

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CLOSING DATES AND ISSUE DATES THROUGH JULY 2021

 

Issue
Date

Emergency

and Proposed

Regulations

5 p.m.*

Notices, etc.

10:30 a.m.

Final

Regulations

10:30 a.m.

February 26

February 8

February 12**

February 17

March 12

February 22

March 1

March 3

March 26

March 8

March 15

March 17

April 9

March 22

March 29

March 31

April 23

April 5

April 12

April 14

May 7

April 19

April 26

April 28

May 21

May 3

May 10

May 12

June 4

May 17

May 24

May 26

June 18

May 28**

June 7

June 9

July 2

June 14

June 21

June 23

July 16

June 28

July 2**

July 7

July 30

July 12

July 19

July 21

 

*   Deadlines are for submissions to DSD for publication in the Maryland Register and do not take into account the 15-day AELR review period. Due date for documents containing 8 to 18 pages is 48 hours before the date listed; due date for documents exceeding 18 pages is 1 week before the date listed.

NOTE:  ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN TIMES NEW ROMAN, 9-POINT, SINGLE-SPACED FORMAT. THE PAGE COUNT REFLECTS THIS FORMATTING.

** Note closing date changes.

***    Note issue date changes.

The regular closing date for Proposals and Emergencies is Monday.

 


Cumulative Table of COMAR Regulations
Adopted, Amended, or Repealed

   This table, previously printed in the Maryland Register lists the regulations, by COMAR title, that have been adopted, amended, or repealed in the Maryland Register since the regulations were originally published or last supplemented in the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR). The table is no longer printed here but may be found on the Division of State Documents website at www.dsd.state.md.us.

Table of Pending Proposals

   The table below lists proposed changes to COMAR regulations. The proposed changes are listed by their COMAR number, followed by a citation to that issue of the Maryland Register in which the proposal appeared. Errata pertaining to proposed regulations are listed, followed by “(err)”. Regulations referencing a document incorporated by reference are followed by “(ibr)”. None of the proposals listed in this table have been adopted. A list of adopted proposals appears in the Cumulative Table of COMAR Regulations Adopted, Amended, or Repealed.

 

03 COMPTROLLER OF THE TREASURY

 

03.02.04.01 • 48:1 Md. R. 13 (1-4-21)

 

04 DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES

 

04.04.02.02—.06 • 48:3 Md. R. 95 (1-29-21)

04.05.01.08 • 48:3 Md. R. 95 (1-29-21)

04.05.02.02 • 48:3 Md. R. 95 (1-29-21)

 

08 DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

 

08.02.03.03,.07,.10,.13,.14 • 48:2 Md. R. 51 (1-15-21)

08.02.15.12 • 48:2 Md. R. 53 (1-15-21)

08.02.19.04,.08 • 48:2 Md. R. 55 (1-15-21)

08.18.01.04 • 48:2 Md. R. 56 (1-15-21)

08.18.21.07 • 48:1 Md. R. 14 (1-4-21)

 

09 MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

 

09.03.02.08 • 48:3 Md. R. 97 (1-29-21)

                       48:4 Md. R. 190 (2-12-21) (err)

09.10.01.07 • 48:2 Md. R. 56 (1-15-21)

                      48:4 Md. R. 190 (2-12-21) (err)

09.10.01.91 • 48:2 Md. R. 57 (1-15-21)

                      48:4 Md. R. 190 (2-12-21) (err)

09.10.02.62 • 48:2 Md. R. 58 (1-15-21)

                      48:4 Md. R. 190 (2-12-21) (err)

09.12.01.01-1 • 48:2 Md. R. 59 (1-15-21) (ibr)

09.12.31 • 47:25 Md. R. 1076 (12-4-20)

                 47:25 Md. R. 1076 (12-4-20)

09.22.01.11 • 47:26 Md. R. 1110 (12-18-20)

09.26.02.06 • 46:21. R. 898 (10-11-19)

09.29.01.02 • 47:19 Md. R. 851 (9-11-20)

09.37.03.01—.09 • 47:26 Md. R. 1111 (12-18-20)

 

10 MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

 

     Subtitles 01—08 (1st volume)

10 • 48:4 Md. R. 190 (2-12-21) (err)

10.06.01.01,01-1,.13 • 48:4 Md. R. 181 (2-12-21) (ibr)

 

     Subtitle 09 (2nd volume)

 

10.09.02.07 • 48:4 Md. R. 182 (2-12-21) (ibr)

10.09.03.04—.06 • 48:3 Md. R. 99 (1-29-21)

10.09.03.07 • 47:23 Md. R. 983 (11-6-20)

10.09.04.01,.03—.07 • 47:23 Md. R. 984 (11-6-20)

10.09.09.07 • 48:4 Md. R. 183 (2-12-21) (ibr)

10.09.10.01,.07,.08,.15,.19 • 48:3 Md. R. 101 (1-29-21)

10.09.12.04,.07 • 48:3 Md. R. 99 (1-29-21)

10.09.18.07 • 48:3 Md. R. 104 (1-29-21)

                      48:4 Md. R. 190 (2-12-21) (err)

10.09.21.06 • 47:23 Md. R. 986 (11-6-20)

10.09.36.01,.08,.09 • 47:24 Md. R. 1035 (11-20-20)

10.09.76.03,.06 • 48:4 Md. R. 183 (2-12-21)

10.09.77.06 • 47:23 Md. R. 986 (11-6-20)

10.09.89.02—.04,.09—.12 • 48:4 Md. R. 184 (2-12-21)

10.09.92.08 • 48:3 Md. R. 104 (1-29-21)

                      48:4 Md. R. 190 (2-12-21) (err)

 

     Subtitles 10 — 22 (3rd Volume)

 

10.10.13.12 • 48:3 Md. R. 105 (1-29-21)

10.13.04.01—.03 • 48:4 Md. R. 186 (2-12-21)

 

     Subtitles 23—36 (4th volume)

 

10.27.01.01,.05,.10 • 47:23 Md. R. 987 (11-6-20)

 

     Subtitles 37—68 (5th volume)

 

10.37.10.26 • 48:1 Md. R. 15 (1-4-21)

10.38.07.02 • 47:22 Md. R. 941 (10-23-20)

10.52.12.05 • 48:3 Md. R. 105 (1-29-21)

10.58.01.01—.10 • 47:23 Md. R. 993 (11-6-20)

10.58.07.02—.16 • 47:24 Md. R. 1036 (11-20-20)

10.58.12.01—.10 • 47:23 Md. R. 993 (11-6-20)

10.58.13.01—.08 • 47:24 Md. R. 1036 (11-20-20)

10.58.14.01—.08 • 47:24 Md. R. 1036 (11-20-20)

10.60.01.01,.03—.05 • 48:4 Md. R. 187 (2-12-21)

10.60.02.01,.04 • 48:4 Md. R. 187 (2-12-21)

10.60.03.01—.03 • 48:4 Md. R. 187 (2-12-21)

10.60.04.02 • 48:4 Md. R. 187 (2-12-21)

10.62.01.01 • 47:22 Md. R. 942 (10-23-20)

10.62.15.06 • 47:22 Md. R. 942 (10-23-20)

10.62.17.02,.03 • 47:22 Md. R. 942 (10-23-20)

10.62.23.01 • 47:22 Md. R. 942 (10-23-20)

10.62.24.01 • 47:22 Md. R. 942 (10-23-20)

10.62.29.01 • 47:22 Md. R. 942 (10-23-20)

10.62.34.09 • 47:22 Md. R. 942 (10-23-20)

10.62.35.01 • 47:22 Md. R. 942 (10-23-20)

10.62.37.01—.21 • 47:22 Md. R. 942 (10-23-20)

10.64.02.01—.03 • 47:23 Md. R. 1002 (11-6-20)

10.67.04.03 • 47:23 Md. R. 1004 (11-6-20)

 

11 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

 

     Subtitles 01—10

 

11.03.01..01-1,.12 • 48:2 Md. R. 60 (1-15-21) (ibr)

11.03.02.10 • 48:2 Md. R. 60 (1-15-21)

11.04.17.04 • 47:25 Md. R. 1077 (12-4-20)

 

13A STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

 

13A.02.06.06 • 48:3 Md. R. 106 (1-29-21)

13A.04.02.01—.06 • 48:1 Md. R. 17 (1-4-21)

13A.04.10.01,.02 • 48:1 Md. R. 18 (1-4-21) (ibr)

 

13B MARYLAND HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION

 

13B.08.11.02—.04 • 48:2 Md. R. 62 (1-15-21)

 

14 INDEPENDENT AGENCIES

 

14.22.01.02,.07,.17 • 48:2 Md. R. 62 (1-15-21)

 

15 MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

 

15.01.05.02,.05 • 48:1 Md. R. 19 (1-4-21)

 

16 DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE SERVICES

 

16.16.01.03 • 47:26 Md. R. 1114 (12-18-20)

 

21 STATE PROCUREMENT REGULATIONS

 

21.07.02.12 • 48:1 Md. R. 21 (1-4-21)

21.11.16.01—.03 • 48:1 Md. R. 21 (1-4-21)

 

26 DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT

 

     Subtitles 01—07 (Part 1)

 

26.03.13.03 • 48:2 Md. R. 63 (1-15-21)

                      48:3 Md. R. 107 (1-29-21) (err)

 

     Subtitles 08—12 (Part 2)

 

26.08.03.01 • 47:25 Md. R. 1079 (12-4-20)

 

     Subtitles 13 — 18 (Part 3)

 

26.13.01.03,.05 • 48:3 Md. R. 107 (1-29-21)

26.13.02.04-4,.04-5,.05,.19,.19-2 • 48:3 Md. R. 107 (1-29-21)

26.13.03.01,.01-1,.02,.02-1,.02-2,.03,.03-1—.03-11,.05,
     .05-1—.05-5,.06
• 48:3 Md. R. 107 (1-29-21)

26.13.05.01,.03,.05 • 48:3 Md. R. 107 (1-29-21)

26.13.06.01 • 48:3 Md. R. 107 (1-29-21)

26.13.10.02,.10,.14,.25 • 48:3 Md. R. 107 (1-29-21)

26.17.04.05 • 47:24 Md. R. 1053 (11-20-20)

 

27 CRITICAL AREA COMMISSION FOR THE CHESAPEAKE AND ATLANTIC COASTAL BAYS

 

27.01.01.01 • 47:26 Md. R. 1115 (12-18-20)

27.01.02.05 • 47:26 Md. R. 1115 (12-18-20)

27.01.09.01 • 47:26 Md. R. 1115 (12-18-20)

27.01.14.01—.07 • 47:26 Md. R. 1115 (12-18-20)

27.02.01.01 • 47:26 Md. R. 1115 (12-18-20)

27.02.04.01,.02 • 47:26 Md. R. 1115 (12-18-20)

27.02.05.02,.03-3,.15—.15-3 • 47:26 Md. R. 1115 (12-18-20)

27.02.07.02 • 47:26 Md. R. 1115 (12-18-20)

27.02.08.02 • 47:26 Md. R. 1115 (12-18-20)

 

30 MARYLAND INSTITUTE FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES SYSTEMS (MIEMSS)

 

30.03.06.01,.02 • 47:25 Md. R. 1083 (12-4-20)

30.08.11.01—.14 • 48:3 Md. R. 128 (1-29-21)

30.08.18.01—.14 • 48:3 Md. R. 131 (1-29-21)

30.09.01.02 • 48:1 Md. R. 23 (1-4-21)

30.09.12.02—.06 • 48:1 Md. R. 23 (1-4-21)

 

The Governor

EXECUTIVE ORDER 01.01.2021.02

Maryland Citizen Redistricting Commission

 

WHEREAS, The integrity of elections is essential to the success of our democracy;

 

WHEREAS, The process of redistricting should be fully transparent and subject to

input and scrutiny from the public;

 

WHEREAS, Fairness in the redistricting process is what the citizens of Maryland

expect and deserve;

 

WHEREAS, It is a conflict of interest for politicians to redraw the districts in which they run for re-election;

 

WHEREAS, Free and fair elections are the very foundation of American democracy and the most basic promise that those in power can pledge to citizens;

 

WHEREAS, Maryland nonpartisan redistricting reform has been overdue for decades;

 

WHEREAS, The fight for fairness and bipartisanship in our state’s redistricting process is not a fight between the right and left, but a fight between right and wrong;

 

WHEREAS, The voters of Maryland should pick their elected representatives — not the other way around; and

 

WHEREAS, The redistricting process that has been used in Maryland for decades lacks transparency, deprives Maryland citizens of the ability to participate, and has saddled our state with the unfortunate distinction of being home to the most gerrymandered districts in the nation; 

 

NOW THEREFORE, I, LAWRENCE J. HOGAN, JR., GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND, BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OF MARYLAND, HEREBY PROCLAIM THE FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE ORDER, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:

A. There is a Maryland Citizen Redistricting Commission (the “Commission”).

B. Membership.

1. The Commission consists of the following members appointed by the Governor:

a. One registered with the Democratic Party;

b. One registered with the Republican Party;

c. One not registered with either the Democratic Party or the Republican Party; and

d. Six selected from a public application process, apportioned as follows:

i. Two registered with the Democratic Party;

ii. Two registered with the Republican Party;

iii.Two not registered with either the Democratic Party or the Republican Party.

2. Each member shall be a voter who, for at least three years immediately preceding the date of appointment, has been registered in the State continuously with the same political party or continuously with neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party.

3. No member may be:

a. A representative or candidate for representative in the U.S. Congress;

b. A member or candidate for member of the General Assembly of Maryland;

c. An officer or employee of a political party or political committee;

d. A member of staff of the Governor, Maryland General Assembly, or U.S. Congress; or

e. A current registered lobbyist.

4. The selection of members shall be intended to produce a Commission that is independent from legislative influence, impartial, and reasonably representative of the State’s diversity and geographical, racial, and gender makeup.

5. The Governor shall appoint one or more members to chair the Commission.

6. A vacancy may be filled in the same manner that the initial appointments are made.

C. Duties.

1. The Commission shall prepare one plan for Maryland’s state legislative districts and one plan for Maryland’s congressional districts, in conformance with the following:

a. The plans shall:

i. Comply with all State and federal constitutional and legal requirements, including the Voting Rights Act;

ii. Comply with all applicable judicial direction, rulings, judgments, or orders;

iii. Respect natural boundaries and the geographic integrity and continuity of any municipal corporation, county, or other political subdivision to the extent practicable; and

iv. Be geographically compact and include nearby areas of population to the extent practicable;

b. The plans shall not account for:

i. How individuals are registered to vote, how individuals voted in the past, or the political party to which individuals belong; or

ii. The domicile or residence of any individual, including an incumbent officeholder or a potential candidate for office;

c. Congressional districts shall:

i. Equal the number of representatives in the U.S. Congress that have been apportioned to the state; and

ii. Be equal in population to the extent practicable; and

d. Legislative districts shall be:

i. As nearly equal in population as is feasible given due regard for natural boundaries and the boundaries of political subdivisions;

ii. To the extent possible and consistent with the Commission’s other duties and responsibilities, subdivided into single-member delegate districts; and

iii. Numbered consecutively commencing at the northwestern boundary of the state and ending at the southeastern boundary of the state.

2. The Commission shall conduct its business with integrity and fairness.

3. The Commission shall exercise judgment that is impartial and that reinforces public confidence in the integrity of the redistricting process.

D. Procedures.

1. A majority of the members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business.

2. The Commission shall:

a. Conduct open and transparent proceedings that:

i. Enable full public consideration of and input as to the establishment of legislative and congressional districts; and

ii. Encourage citizen outreach and broad public participation in the redistricting process;

b. Hold meetings at such times and such places as it deems necessary, provided that the meetings are accessible to the general public in accordance with the Maryland Open Meetings Act or other applicable law;

c. Conduct regional summits to allow citizens to offer comment on the boundaries of the congressional and legislative districts;

d. Provide an electronic portal for citizens to review redistricting data and submit their comments about redistricting; and

e. Undertake any other activities it deems appropriate to further increase opportunities for the public to observe and participate in the redistricting process.

3. The Commission may adopt such other procedures as may be necessary to ensure the orderly transaction of business, including the creation of committees.

4. The Commission may designate additional individuals, including interested citizens, educators, or specialists with relevant expertise, but excluding individuals identified in Section B(3), to serve on any committee.

5. The Commission may consult with units of State government and outside experts to obtain such technical assistance and advice as it deems necessary to complete its duties.

6. After receiving sufficient comment, input, assistance, and advice from the public, experts, units of State government, committees, and other interested persons, the Commission shall:

a. With at least seven affirmative votes of the members, approve and certify proposed redistricting plans that separately set forth district boundary lines for state congressional and legislative districts;

b. Approve and certify proposed maps that correspond to the redistricting plans;

c. Publicize the proposed plans and maps in a manner reasonably designed to achieve broad public availability and access; and

d. Accept and review comments about the proposed plans and maps.

7. After publicizing, reviewing, and making any appropriate adjustments to the proposed plans and maps, the Commission shall:

a. With at least seven affirmative votes of the members, approve and certify final redistricting plans for state legislative and congressional districts;

b. Approve and certify final maps that correspond to the redistricting plans;

c. Submit the final plans and maps to the Legislative Office of the Office of the Governor; and

d. Issue a report that explains the basis for the Commission’s decisions and includes definitions of the terms and standards used for each plan.

E. The Office of the Governor shall prepare and transmit the final certified redistricting plans and maps for introduction in the General Assembly.

F. Membership of the Commission shall not be compensated, but members are entitled to reimbursement for expenses as provided by law.

G. The Office of the Governor shall provide the Commission with staff and consultants as necessary and feasible.

H. The public records of the Commission are subject to inspection pursuant to the Public Information Act.

I. All units of State government subject to the supervision and direction of the Governor shall cooperate with and assist the Commission in carrying out its responsibilities.

 

GIVEN Under my Hand and the Great Seal of the State of Maryland, in the City of Annapolis this 12th Day of January, 2021.

LAWRENCE J. HOGAN, JR.
Governor

 

ATTEST:

JOHN C. WOBENSMITH
Secretary of State

[21-04-22]

 

EXECUTIVE ORDER 01.01.2021.03

Maryland Semiquincentennial Commission

 

WHEREAS, The 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States of America will occur on July 4, 2026;

 

WHEREAS, The United States Congress established the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission to coordinate the commemoration and observance of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Revolutionary War, founding of the United States, and related events;

 

WHEREAS, Maryland played host to the “Annapolis Tea Party” in October 1774, when the cargo ship Peggy Stewart was burned to the waterline after a tax dispute involving the Tea Act;

 

WHEREAS, Marylanders began to call for American independence in 1775 with the issuance of the Bush Declaration — considered the first “declaration of independence” in the colonies — and the Annapolis Convention declaration that the Association of Freemen of Maryland must prepare for the colony’s defense;

 

WHEREAS, Four prominent Marylanders signed the Declaration of Independence: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, and Charles Carroll, the only Roman Catholic among the 56 members of the Second Continental Congress;

 

WHEREAS, Maryland made significant contributions to the Revolutionary War by supplying material, resources, ships, and soldiers;

 

WHEREAS, The courage and sacrifice of the First Maryland Regiment, known as the Maryland Old Line and Maryland 400, at the Battle of Brooklyn in 1776 helped save the Continental Army;

 

WHEREAS, Baltimore served as a temporary capital for the colonies during the Continental Congress in 1776 and 1777;

 

WHEREAS, The Maryland State House, the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use, hosted the Continental Congress in 1783 and 1784, and is where George Washington came before Congress to resign his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army;

 

WHEREAS, The Maryland State House was the site of the ratification of the Treaty of Paris on January 14, 1784, which formally ended the Revolutionary War;

 

WHEREAS, In September 1786, Maryland played host to the Annapolis Convention, where delegates discussed amendments to the Articles of Confederation and resolved to organize a Constitutional Convention; and

 

WHEREAS, It is in the interest of the State to recognize Maryland’s unique role in the American Revolution by undertaking commemorative activities that honor all Marylanders, and enhance our collective understanding of the past, present, and future;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, LAWRENCE J. HOGAN, JR., GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND, BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OF MARYLAND, HEREBY PROCLAIM THE FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE ORDER, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:

     I. There is a Maryland Semiquincentennial Commission (the “Commission”).

     II. Membership.

          A. The Commission shall consist of the following members:

              i. The Secretary of Budget and Management, or the Secretary’s designee;

              ii. The Secretary of Commerce, or the Secretary’s designee;

              iii. The Secretary of Natural Resources, or the Secretary’s designee;

              iv. The Secretary of Planning, or the Secretary’s designee;

              v. The Maryland Secretary of State, or the Secretary’s designee;

              vi. The Secretary of General Services, or the Secretary’s designee;

              vii. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, or the Secretary’s designee;

              viii. The Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, or the Director’s designee; and

              ix. Up to six members of the general public with related or relevant background, expertise, or interest, appointed by the Governor.

          B. The following are invited to be, and shall be upon acceptance, members of the Commission:

              i. Two members appointed by the President of the Maryland Senate;

              ii. Two members appointed by the Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates;

              iii. The State Superintendent of Schools, or the Superintendent’s designee;

              iv. The State Archivist, or the Archivist’s designee;

              v. The State Historic Preservation Officer, or the Officer’s designee;

              vi. The Chair of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, or the Chair’s designee;

              vii. The Chair of the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs, or the Chair’s designee;

              viii. The Chair of the Maryland Commission for Women, or the Chair’s designee;

              ix. The Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Counties, or the Director’s designee;

              x. The Executive Director of the Maryland Municipal League, or the Director’s designee;

              xi. A representative of the Judiciary, appointed by the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland; and

              xii. Up to three members from the nonprofit community, selected from the Maryland Center for History and Culture, the Maryland Humanities Council, Preservation Maryland, or other similar organizations.

          C. The Governor shall appoint a chair from among the members of the Commission.

          D. Members serve at the pleasure of the Governor.

          E. The Commission shall be reflective and representative of the diverse communities, peoples, and regions of the State.

          F. Any vacancy occurring in the membership of the Commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.

     III. The Maryland Department of Planning and Governor’s Coordinating Offices shall provide the Commission with resources and staff as feasible and necessary for administering and facilitating the work of the Commission.

     IV. Members of the Commission may not receive any compensation for their services, but may be reimbursed for their reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of duties in accordance with the State Standard Travel Regulations and as provided in the State budget.

     V. The Commission shall:

          A. Adopt administrative and financial procedures for the transaction of business, including, but not limited to, the establishment of advisory groups, committees, or work groups;

          B. Consider entering into a partnership with a tax-exempt entity to support the purpose and work of the Commission;

          C. Coordinate, engage, and liaise with the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, and other local, county, and state commissions, and private and public organizations and partners, including, but not limited to, the America 250 Foundation and the American Battlefield Trust;

          D. Develop, encourage, and execute an inclusive celebration, commemoration, and observance of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Revolutionary War, and founding of the United States of America, and all its people, through civic, cultural, and historical education, events, and programming;

          E. Hold at least semi-annual meetings:

              i. At times and places to be determined by the Chair; and

              ii. That are conducted in accordance with the Open Meetings Act;

          F. Promote the documentation, identification, and preservation of cultural and historical resources, including archives, buildings, landscapes, objects, and sites related to the Semiquincentennial;

          G. Create a model curriculum about the Revolutionary War period, its impact on Maryland, and the diverse people who supported and participated in the country’s fight for independence;

          H. Serve as the State of Maryland’s official representative for the Semiquincentennial, and all related activities, communications, and events; and

          I. Solicit, accept, use, and dispose of donations, funds, and gifts, in conformance with the Public Ethics Law, to support the goals and purposes of the Commission.

     VI. The Commission shall further:

          A. Submit an Action Plan to the Governor and General Assembly by December 31, 2021, that outlines the Commission’s goals, mission, and recommendations; and

          B. Produce, by December 31 of each year, an annual report to the Governor and General Assembly that includes an update on the Action Plan, implementation benchmarks, related deadlines and schedules, and an accounting and enumeration of all contracts, donations, and gifts.

     VII. The Commission shall terminate on December 31, 2027.

 

GIVEN Under my Hand and the Great Seal of the State of Maryland, in the City of Annapolis, this 14th Day of January, 2021.

LAWRENCE J. HOGAN, JR.
Governor

 

ATTEST:

JOHN C. WOBENSMITH
Secretary of State

[21-04-23]

 

EXECUTIVE ORDER 01.01.2021.04

Rescission of Executive Order 01.01.2018.21 (Accountability in Elementary and Secondary Education)

 

WHEREAS, The Office of Education Accountability, established on September 4, 2018, by Executive Order 01.01.2018.21, served to independently receive and investigate concerns and allegations of misconduct within Maryland public schools;

 

WHEREAS, The Inspector General for Education — appointed for the first time in Maryland history in February 2020 — largely performs the same duties as the Office of Education Accountability, including receiving and investigating complaints about county boards of education, local school systems, schools that receive State funds, the State Department of Education, and the Interagency Commission on School Construction;

 

WHEREAS, The Inspector General has assumed the Office of Education Accountability’s role of exposing in Maryland public education instances of fraud, waste, abuse of funds and property, and derogation of responsibilities to students, parents, and employees;

 

WHEREAS, The appointment of the Inspector General reaffirms the State’s ongoing commitment, in the administration of public education in Maryland, to protecting children, parents, employees, and taxpayers; and

 

WHEREAS, The Office of Education Accountability is no longer necessary;

 

NOW THEREFORE, I, LAWRENCE J. HOGAN, JR., GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND, BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OF MARYLAND, HEREBY RESCIND EXECUTIVE ORDER 01.01.2018.21, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.

 

GIVEN Under my Hand and the Great Seal of the State of Maryland, in the City of Annapolis, this 25th Day of January, 2021.

LAWRENCE J. HOGAN, JR.
Governor

 

ATTEST:

JOHN C. WOBENSMITH
Secretary of State

[21-04-24]

 

ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND

NUMBER 20-12-10-01

Relating to Unemployment Insurance Contributions

 

WHEREAS, A state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency was proclaimed on March 5, 2020, and renewed on March 17, April 10, May 6, June 3, July 1, July 31, August 10, September 8, October 6, October 30, and November 25, 2020, to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the state, and the state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency still exists;

 

WHEREAS, COVID-19, a respiratory disease that spreads easily from person to person and may result in serious illness or death, is a public health catastrophe and has been confirmed throughout Maryland;

 

WHEREAS, COVID-19 has had a significant negative impact on businesses in Maryland;

 

WHEREAS, The unemployment insurance program established pursuant to Title 8 of the Labor and Employment Article of the Maryland Code provides for the systematic accumulation of funds from employers, based in part on the history of chargeable unemployment benefits attributed to contributory employers;

 

WHEREAS, The Secretary of Labor exercises administrative and regulatory authority for determining the rates of contribution to the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

 

WHEREAS, COVID-19 has caused, and continues to cause, an abnormally high volume of unemployment insurance claims in Maryland during the state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency;

 

WHEREAS, Contributory employers cannot fairly be held responsible for the abnormally high volume of unemployment insurance claims caused by COVID-19 during the state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency;

 

WHEREAS, It is necessary, in order to protect the public health, welfare, or safety, to suspend the effect of certain statutes that would otherwise cause contributory employers’ unemployment insurance earned rating records to be charged with unemployment insurance claims caused by COVID-19 during the state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency; and

 

WHEREAS, Reimbursable employers, while similarly affected as contributory employers,  have received relief and assistance under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, LAWRENCE J. HOGAN, JR., GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND, BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OF MARYLAND, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO TITLE 14 OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY ARTICLE, AND IN AN EFFORT TO CONTROL AND PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 WITHIN THE STATE, DO HEREBY ORDER:

     I. Definition of “Rating Year”. 

          a. Sections 8-606(d) and (e) of the Labor and Employment Article of the Maryland Code (“L&E”) are hereby suspended.

          b. For purposes of L&E Title 8, Subtitle 6, Part II:

              i. the term “computation date” means the July 1 immediately preceding the calendar year for which a rate of contribution is assigned; provided, however, that the term “computation date” shall be designated as July 1, 2019; and

              ii. the term “rating year” means the 12-month period beginning July 1 and ending June 30 immediately preceding the computation date; provided, however, that the term “rating year” excludes the 12-month period beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020.

     II. General Provisions.

          a. This Order remains effective until after termination of the state of emergency and the proclamation of the catastrophic health emergency has been rescinded, or until rescinded, superseded, amended, or revised by additional orders.

          b. The effect of any statute, rule, or regulation of an agency of the State or a political subdivision inconsistent with this order is hereby suspended to the extent of the inconsistency.

          c. The underlined paragraph headings in this Order are for convenience of reference only and shall not affect the interpretation of this Order.

          d. If any provision of this Order or its application to any person, entity, or circumstance is held invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, all other provisions or applications of the Order shall remain in effect to the extent possible without the invalid provision or application. To achieve this purpose, the provisions of this Order are severable.

 

ISSUED under my hand this 10th day of December, 2020, and effective immediately.

LAWRENCE J. HOGAN, JR.
Governor

[21-04-25]

 

ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND

NUMBER 20-12-17-01

Authorizing Quarantine and/or Testing of Travelers

 

WHEREAS, A state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency was proclaimed on March 5, 2020, and renewed on March 17, April 10, May 6, June 3, July 1, July 31, August 10, September 8, October 6, October 30, and November 25, 2020, to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the state, and the state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency still exists;

 

WHEREAS, COVID-19, a respiratory disease that spreads easily from person to person and may result in serious illness or death, is a public health catastrophe and has been confirmed throughout Maryland;

 

WHEREAS, According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), travel can increase the risk of spreading and getting COVID-19, and even travelers who feel well can spread COVID-19 to friends, family, and the broader community after traveling;

 

WHEREAS, The CDC recommends that, if travel is necessary, travelers should quarantine and/or undergo testing to avoid spreading COVID-19;

WHEREAS, To protect the public health, welfare, and safety, prevent the transmission of the novel coronavirus, control the spread of COVID-19, and save lives, it is necessary to control and direct the movement of individuals in Maryland;

 

WHEREAS, The State is continuously working to expand COVID-19 laboratory testing capacity and locations throughout Maryland; and

 

WHEREAS, The Coronavirus Recovery Team continues to advise on related public health and emergency management decisions;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, LAWRENCE J. HOGAN, JR., GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND, BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OF MARYLAND, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO TITLE 14 OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY ARTICLE, AND IN AN EFFORT TO CONTROL AND PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 WITHIN THE STATE, DO HEREBY ORDER:

     I. Travel Orders. 

          a. The Secretary of Health (the “Secretary”) is hereby authorized and directed to issue orders under this Order requiring persons entering Maryland to quarantine and/or undergo testing for COVID-19, as the Secretary deems medically necessary and reasonable, for the purpose of monitoring, treating, preventing, reducing the spread of, and suppressing COVID-19  (“Travel Orders”).

          b. If the Secretary determines that doing so would not pose an unreasonable risk of exacerbating the spread of COVID-19, the Secretary may exempt one or more groups of persons from any Travel Order.

     II. General Provisions.

          a. Each law enforcement officer of the State or a political subdivision shall execute and enforce this Order and all Travel Orders.

          b. A person who knowingly and willfully violates this Order or any Travel Order is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both.

          c. This Order remains effective until after termination of the state of emergency and the proclamation of the catastrophic health emergency has been rescinded, or until rescinded, superseded, amended, or revised by additional orders.

          d. The effect of any statute, rule, or regulation of an agency of the State or a political subdivision inconsistent with this order is hereby suspended to the extent of the inconsistency.

          e. The underlined paragraph headings in this Order are for convenience of reference only and shall not affect the interpretation of this Order.

          f. If any provision of this Order or its application to any person, entity, or circumstance is held invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, all other provisions or applications of the Order shall remain in effect to the extent possible without the invalid provision or application. To achieve this purpose, the provisions of this Order are severable.

 

ISSUED under my hand this 17th day of December, 2020, and effective immediately.

LAWRENCE J. HOGAN, JR.
Governor

[21-04-26]

 

 

ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND

NUMBER 20-12-17-02

Amending and Restating the Order Dated October 16, 2020, Temporarily Prohibiting Evictions of Tenants Suffering Substantial Loss of Income Due to Covid-19, and Additionally Prohibiting Certain Repossessions, Restricting Initiation of Residential Mortgage Foreclosures, and Prohibiting Commercial Evictions

 

WHEREAS, A state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency was proclaimed on March 5, 2020, and renewed on March 17, April 10, May 6, June 3, July 1, July 31, August 10, September 8, October 6, October 30, and November 25, 2020, to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the state, and the state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency still exists;

 

WHEREAS, COVID-19, a respiratory disease that spreads easily from person to person and may result in serious illness or death, is a public health catastrophe and has been confirmed throughout Maryland;

 

WHEREAS, The spread of COVID-19 is likely to result in loss of work and loss of income for some residents of Maryland, which may impact their ability to pay for rental housing or repay mortgages, potentially resulting in loss of housing due to eviction or foreclosure;

 

WHEREAS, The spread of COVID-19 is likely to result in loss of business and income for some businesses in Maryland, which may impact their ability to pay for rental real estate, potentially resulting in eviction;

 

WHEREAS, To treat, prevent, or reduce the spread of COVID-19 caused by the transmission of the novel coronavirus, it may become medically necessary and reasonable to require individuals to remain in isolation or quarantine at their homes or to remain indoors;

 

WHEREAS, To protect the public health, welfare, and safety, it is necessary to suspend the effect of certain states, rules, or regulations of agencies of the State or political subdivisions relating to real property and breach of leases;

 

WHEREAS, To protect life and property, and control the public health catastrophe in Maryland, it is necessary to control the occupancy and use of buildings; and

 

WHEREAS, To avoid the serious health, welfare, and safety consequences that may result if Marylanders lose their housing as a result of COVID-19, it is necessary and reasonable to restrict certain evictions and residential foreclosures;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, LAWRENCE J. HOGAN, JR., GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND, BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OF MARYLAND, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO TITLE 14 OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY ARTICLE, AND IN AN EFFORT TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH, WELFARE, AND SAFETY, DO HEREBY ORDER:

     I. The Order of the Governor of the State of Maryland, dated March 16, 2020, entitled “Temporarily Prohibiting Evictions of Tenants Suffering Substantial Loss of Income Due to COVID-19”, as amended and restated by Order of the Governor of the State of Maryland Number 20-04-03-01, dated April 3, 2020, and further amended and restated by Order 20-10-16-01, dated October 16, 2020, is further amended and restated in its entirety as set forth herein.

     II. Definitions.  As used herein, the following terms have the following meaning:

          a. “Borrower” means, with respect to a mortgage or deed of trust, the mortgagor or grantor.

          b. “CARES Act” means the CARES Act, Pub. L. 116-136, as it may be amended from time to time.

          c. “Chattel Home” means personal property used as a person’s residence, including without limitation, mobile homes, trailers, and live-aboard boats.

          d. “CL” means the Commercial Law Article of the Maryland Code.

          e. “Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Financial Regulation of the State of Maryland.

          f. “Creditor” means a lender, credit grantor, lessor, or secured party.

          g. “Federal Mortgage Loan” means a loan secured by a mortgage or deed of trust that is a “federally backed mortgage loan”, as defined in Section 4022(a)(2) of the CARES Act.

          h. “Mortgage Loan” means, interchangeably and collectively, a Federal Mortgage Loan or a Non-Federal Mortgage Loan.

          i. “Non-Federal Mortgage Loan” means a loan that is not a Federal Mortgage Loan, which is secured by a mortgage or deed of trust on Residential Property.

          j. “Residential Property” has the meaning provided in RP § 7-105.1(a)(12).

          k. “RP” means the Real Property Article of the Maryland Code.

          l. “Servicer” means the person responsible for the servicing of a Mortgage Loan (including the person who makes or holds such loan, if such person also services the loan).

          m. “Substantial Loss of Income” means (i) with respect to an individual, a substantial loss of income resulting from COVID-19 or the related proclamation of a state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency, including, without limitation, due to job loss, reduction in compensated hours of work, closure of place of employment, or the need to miss work to care for a home-bound school-age child; and (ii) with respect to an entity, a substantial loss of income resulting from COVID-19 or the related proclamation of a state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency, including, without limitation, due to lost or reduced business, required closure, or temporary or permanent loss of employees.

     III. Prohibition on Certain Repossessions.  To the extent any statute, rule or regulation of the State of Maryland or any political subdivision would permit a Creditor to repossess any Chattel Home by self-help (including, without limitation, CL §§ 9-609, 12-115, 12-624, 12-1021, or 14-2008), such statute, rule, or regulation is hereby suspended until the state of emergency is terminated and the catastrophic health emergency is rescinded.

     IV. Residential Foreclosures. 

          a. Until the state of emergency is terminated and the catastrophic health emergency is rescinded, the effect of RP § 7-105(c) is hereby suspended as follows:  Subject to paragraph IV.d of this Order, a sale of Residential Property made pursuant to RP § 7-105, RP §§ 7-105.1 through 7-105.10, or the Maryland Rules, shall not have the effects described in RP § 7-105(c) unless:

              i. with respect to a Residential Property securing a Federal Mortgage Loan:

                   1. at least 30 days prior to sending a notice of intent to foreclose pursuant to RP § 7-105.1(c), the Servicer has sent a written notice to the Borrower stating the Borrower’s right to request a forbearance on the Federal Mortgage Loan under Section 4022(b) of the CARES Act; and

                   2. the Servicer has complied with all of its obligations with respect to the Federal Mortgage Loan owed to the Borrower under the CARES Act and this Order; and

              ii. with respect to a Residential Property securing a Non-Federal Mortgage Loan:

                   1. at least 30 days prior to sending a notice of intent to foreclose pursuant to RP § 7-105.1(c), the Servicer has sent a written notice to the Borrower that if the Borrower is experiencing a financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 emergency, the Borrower may, for a period of 90 days after the date of such notice, request a forbearance on the Non-Federal Mortgage Loan, regardless of delinquency status, for a period up to 180 days, which may be extended for an additional period up to 180 days at the request of the Borrower (if such request is made during the initial 180 day forbearance period); provided, that, at the Borrower’s request, either the initial or extended period of forbearance may be shortened;

                   2. if the Borrower requests a forbearance on the Non-Federal Mortgage Loan as described in paragraph IV.a.ii.1, the Servicer has provided such forbearance without requiring the Borrower to provide additional documentation other than the Borrower’s attestation to a financial hardship caused by COVID-19 and without requiring any fees, penalties, or interest (beyond the amounts scheduled or calculated as if the Borrower made all contractual payments on time and in full under the terms of the Non-Federal Mortgage Loan); and

                   3. during a forbearance period described in paragraph IV.a.ii.1., the Servicer has not accrued on the Borrower’s account any fees, penalties, or interest beyond the amounts scheduled or calculated as if the Borrower made all contractual payments on time and in full under the terms of the Non-Federal Mortgage Loan.

          b. The Commissioner is hereby ordered to:

              i. until the Re-Start Date (defined below), suspend the operation of the Commissioner’s Notice of Intent to Foreclose Electronic System, and to discontinue acceptance of Notices of Intent to Foreclose; and

              ii. effective as of the Re-Start Date, until the state of emergency is terminated and the catastrophic health emergency is rescinded, with each submission of a Notice of Foreclosure (as defined in RP § 7-105.2(a)(4)), obtain a certification from the Servicer or secured party to the effect that the Servicer has complied with paragraph IV.a. with respect to a Mortgage Loan secured by the Residential Property subject to foreclosure.

          c. The “Re-Start Date” is:

              i. January 31, 2021, or

              ii. such later date as the Commissioner may determine and publish in Regulatory Guidance; provided, that such later date may not be more than 30 days after the state of emergency is terminated and the catastrophic health emergency is rescinded.

          d. This paragraph IV does not apply to any Residential Property that a court of competent jurisdiction has found to be “vacant and abandoned” pursuant to RP § 7-105.18.

     V. Prohibition on Residential and Commercial Evictions.

          a. Until the state of emergency is terminated and the catastrophic health emergency is rescinded, the effect of RP § 8-401 is hereby suspended as follows:

              i. No court shall give any judgment for possession or repossession, or warrant for restitution of possession or repossession of residential, commercial, or industrial real property, if the tenant can demonstrate to the court, through documentation or other objectively verifiable means, that the tenant suffered a Substantial Loss of Income.

          b. Until the state of emergency is terminated and the catastrophic health emergency is rescinded, the effect of RP § 8-402.1 is hereby suspended as follows:

              i. No court shall give any judgment for possession or repossession, or warrant for restitution of possession or repossession of residential, commercial, or industrial real property, if the tenant can demonstrate to the court, through documentation or other objectively verifiable means, that the tenant suffered a Substantial Loss of Income.

              ii. The fact that the tenant, or any person permissibly cohabiting with the tenant in accordance with the terms of the lease, has a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 or is under investigation for COVID-19, shall not constitute a “clear and imminent danger” for purposes of RP § 8-402.1(a)(1)(i)2.B.

          c. Except as specifically suspended in paragraph V.a above, RP § 8-401 remains in effect in accordance with its terms.  Except as specifically suspended in paragraph V.b. above, RP § 8-402.1 remains in effect in accordance with its terms.

     VI. Commissioner’s Authority.  The Commissioner is hereby authorized to issue binding and/or non-binding directives, advisories, and/or guidance under this Order (“Regulatory Guidance”), as the Commissioner deems necessary, to monitor, prevent, and reduce evictions, repossessions, and the foreclosure of residential properties, in order to suppress homelessness during the COVID-19 catastrophic health emergency.

     VII. General Provisions.

          a. No provision of this Order shall be construed as relieving any person or entity of any obligation to make payments or to comply with any other obligation that such person or entity may have pursuant to a note, loan agreement, or lease.

          b. This Order remains effective until the state of emergency is terminated and the proclamation of the catastrophic health emergency is rescinded, or until rescinded, superseded, amended, or revised by any subsequent order(s).

          c. The effect of any statute, rule, or regulation of an agency of the State or a political subdivision inconsistent with this Order is hereby suspended to the extent of such inconsistency.

          d. The underlined headings in this Order are for convenience of reference only and shall not affect the interpretation of this Order.

          e. If any provision of this Order or its application to any person, entity, or circumstance is held invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, all other provisions or applications of the Order shall remain in effect to the extent possible without the invalid provision or application. To achieve this purpose, the provisions of this Order are severable.

 

ISSUED under my hand this 17th day of December, 2020, and effective immediately.

LAWRENCE J. HOGAN, JR.
Governor

[21-04-27]

 

ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND

NUMBER 20-12-17-03

Exempting Santa Claus and His Affiliated Elves and Reindeer from Traveler Testing and Quarantine Requirements

 

WHEREAS, A state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency was proclaimed on March 5, 2020, and renewed on March 17, April 10, May 6, June 3, July 1, July 31, August 10, September 8, October 6, October 30, and November 25, 2020, to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the state, and the state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency still exists;

 

WHEREAS, COVID-19, a respiratory disease that spreads easily from person to person and may result in serious illness or death, is a public health catastrophe and has been confirmed throughout Maryland;

 

WHEREAS, Order Number 20-12-17-01 authorizes quarantine and testing requirements for travelers entering the State of Maryland;

 

WHEREAS, According to Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Santa Claus “has a lot of good innate immunity” from COVID-19; and

 

WHEREAS, Due to this immunity, it is unnecessary for Santa Claus and his affiliated elves and reindeer to comply with the requirements of Order Number 20-12-17-01;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, LAWRENCE J. HOGAN, JR., GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND, BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OF MARYLAND, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO TITLE 14 OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY ARTICLE DO HEREBY ORDER:

     I. Exemption. The following are exempt from the Order of the Governor of the State of Maryland Number 20-12-17-01, and any orders of the Secretary of Health issued pursuant thereto:

          a. The one true Santa Claus who resides at the North Pole (the “Real Santa”);

          b. Non-human elves affiliated with Santa; and

          c. Reindeer necessary for the propulsion of Santa’s sleigh.

     II. Only Applies to Real Santa.  This Order only exempts the Real Santa.  It does not apply to any of his representatives or contractors, including without limitation, Mall Santas.

     III. No Interference by Law Enforcement.  No law enforcement officer of the State or any political subdivision shall interfere with the performance by the Real Santa of his appointed rounds.

     IV. General Provisions.

          a. This Order remains effective until after termination of the state of emergency and the proclamation of the catastrophic health emergency has been rescinded, or until rescinded, superseded, amended, or revised by additional orders.

          b. The effect of any statute, rule, or regulation of an agency of the State or a political subdivision inconsistent with this order is hereby suspended to the extent of the inconsistency.

          c. The underlined paragraph headings in this Order are for convenience of reference only and shall not affect the interpretation of this Order.

          d. If any provision of this Order or its application to any person, entity, or circumstance is held invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, all other provisions or applications of the Order shall remain in effect to the extent possible without the invalid provision or application. To achieve this purpose, the provisions of this Order are severable.

 

ISSUED under my hand this 17th day of December, 2020, and effective immediately.

LAWRENCE J. HOGAN, JR.
Governor

[21-04-28]

 

PROCLAMATION

Renewal of Declaration of State of Emergency and Existence of Catastrophic Health Emergency — COVID-19

 

WHEREAS, on March 5, 2020, a state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency was, pursuant to the Maryland Constitution and Laws of Maryland, including but not limited to Title 14 of the Public Safety Article, and in an effort to control and prevent the spread of COVID‑19, proclaimed within the entire State of Maryland;

 

WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a highly infectious respiratory disease that spreads easily from person to person, physically contaminates property by attaching to surfaces for prolonged periods of time, and may result in serious illness or death;

 

WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a public health catastrophe and has been confirmed in all Maryland counties;

 

WHEREAS, rates of COVID-19 infection continue to rise in all 50 states and the risk of further spread back to Maryland remains high;

 

WHEREAS, COVID-19 infection outbreaks continue to occur in Maryland through community transmission and because of travelers returning from out-of-state;

 

WHEREAS, since the declaration of a state of emergency and existence of a catastrophic health emergency on March 5, 2020, there have been more than 253,000 laboratory‑confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and more than 5,300 related deaths in Maryland, with increases in new confirmed cases daily;

 

WHEREAS, the proclamation declaring the emergencies was renewed on March 17, 2020, April 10, 2020, May 6, 2020, June 3, 2020, July 1, 2020, July 30, 2020, August 10, 2020, September 8, 2020, October 6, 2020, October 29, 2020, and November 25, 2020;

 

WHEREAS, the spread of COVID-19 in the state continues to pose an immediate threat to all Marylanders of extensive loss of life or serious disability;

 

WHEREAS, the emergency conditions, state of emergency, and catastrophic health emergency continue to exist;

 

WHEREAS, all levels of government in Maryland must deploy resources to protect public health and safety;

 

WHEREAS, continued emergency response by the State is needed to maintain and further progress through the Maryland Strong: Roadmap for Recovery, including expanding COVID‑19 testing capacity, maintaining adequate patient surge capacity, supplying sufficient personal protective equipment, and executing a robust contact-tracing operation, and preparing for the deployment and administration of potential COVID-19 vaccines; and

 

WHEREAS, to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maryland Department of Health recommend the use of face coverings in public settings to the extent possible, continued social distancing, and avoiding large gatherings;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, LAWRENCE J. HOGAN, JR., GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MARYLAND, BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE MARYLAND CONSTITUTION AND THE LAWS OF MARYLAND, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO TITLE 14 OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY ARTICLE AND TITLE 8 OF THE ELECTION LAW ARTICLE, AND IN AN EFFORT TO CONTROL AND PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID‑19 WITHIN THE STATE, HEREBY DECLARE THAT A STATE OF EMERGENCY AND CATASTROPHIC HEALTH EMERGENCY CONTINUES TO EXIST WITHIN THE ENTIRE STATE OF MARYLAND, RENEW THE MARCH 5, 2020, PROCLAMATION, AND FURTHER PROVIDE AND ORDER, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:

     Health care providers who act in good faith under this catastrophic health emergency proclamation, including orders issued under the proclamation by the Governor and by other State officials acting at the direction of or under delegated authority from the Governor, have the immunity provided by § 14-3A-06 of the Public Safety Article of the Maryland Code.

 

GIVEN Under My Hand and the Great Seal of the State of Maryland in the City of Annapolis, this 23rd day of December, 2020.

LAWRENCE J. HOGAN, JR.
Governor

 

ATTEST:

JOHN C. WOBENSMITH
Secretary of State

[21-04-29]

 

 

The General Assembly

For additional up-to-date information concerning bills introduced in the General Assembly, log on to http://mlis.state.md.us and click on Bill Information and Status.  You may then enter a specific bill number for information about that bill.  You may also click on Senate Synopsis or House Synopsis for the most recent synopsis list for each house, or click on Synopsis Index for a listing of all bill synopses since the beginning of the legislative session.

 

SYNOPSIS NO. 2

House Bills

HB0422  Del D. Barnes.  Minority Participation in the Alcoholic Beverages Industry - Study.

HB0423  Del Feldmark.  Election Law - Voting Systems - Accessibility for Voters With Disabilities.

HB0424  Del Feldmark.  Public Financing Act - Matching Fund Revisions (Maryland Fair Elections Act).

HB0425  Del Barron.  Criminal Law - Crimes Involving Computers.

HB0426  Del Dumais.  Correctional Services – Geriatric Parole.

HB0427  Del Jacobs.  Federal Clean Water Act - Authority of State.

HB0428  Montgomery County Delegation.  Montgomery County - Alcoholic Beverages Licenses - Annual Fees MC 19-21.

HB0429  Del Shetty.  Pharmacists - Required Notification and Authorized Substitution - Lower-Cost Drug or Device Product.

HB0430  Montgomery County Delegation.  Montgomery County – Alcoholic Beverages – Seating Requirements MC 11–21.

HB0431  Montgomery County Delegation.  Montgomery County - Interference With Electric Company's Vegetation Management Compliance - Exemption MC 10-21.

HB0432  Montgomery County Delegation.  Montgomery County - Alcoholic Beverages - Draft Beer for Off-Site Consumption in Damascus MC 12-21.

HB0433  Montgomery County Delegation.  Montgomery County – Public Campaign Financing – Expansion MC 14–21.

HB0434  Del K. Young.  Public Health – Telehealth – Health Care Practitioners and the Maryland Medical Assistance Program.

HB0435  Del Smith.  State Individual Income Tax – Millionaires’ Tax.

HB0436  Del Smith.  Enoch Pratt Free Library - Operating Hours and Funding.

HB0437  Del Reznik.  General Provisions - State Song - Advisory Panel.

HB0438  Del Mangione.  Crimes – Malicious Destruction of Historically Significant Monument (Monument Protection Act of 2021).

HB0439  Del Guyton.  Institute for Innovation and Implementation - Pregnant, Expecting, and Parenting Students - Data Collection and Report.

HB0440  Montgomery County Delegation.  Burtonsville Crossing - Acquisition by Montgomery County MC 13-21.

HB0441  Del McKay.  Department of Assessments and Taxation - Identification Number for Business - Task Force.

HB0442  Del K. Young.  Suicide Treatment Improvements Act.

HB0443  Del McKay.  Economic Development - Makerspace Initiative Pilot Program.

HB0444  Mont Co Deleg and PG Co Deleg.  Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission - Innovative Recreation Youth Program MC/PG 104-21.

HB0445  Del Dumais.  Criminal Procedure - Charging Procedures - Citations.

HB0446  Del Dumais.  Organized Retail Theft.

HB0447  Del Dumais.  Judges - Selection, Election, Tenure, and Continuance in Office.

HB0448  Del Harrison.  State Government - Legal and Employee Holiday - Juneteenth National Freedom Day.

HB0449  Del Bartlett.  Family Law - Marriage - Licenses and Records.

HB0450  Del Henson.  Election Law – Polling Sites – Firearms Prohibitions.

HB0451  Del Henson.  Real Property - Residential Rental Property Inspection - Remote Video Inspection.

HB0452  Del Crutchfield.  Hate Crimes - Civil Remedy.

HB0453  Del D. Barnes.  Health - Medical Cannabis Reauthorization Act.

HB0454  Del D. Barnes.  State and Local Procurement - Payment Practices.

HB0455  Del Jacobs.  Agriculture - Processing of Poultry Litter for Alternative Use.

HB0456  Del Jacobs.  Correctional Officers' Retirement System - Kent County.

HB0457  Del Dumais.  Insurance - Application of Premium Tax - Continued Exclusion of Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund.

HB0458  Del Guyton.  Program Open Space - Local Projects - Visitor Behavior Policies.

HB0459  Del Mangione.  Disabled Active Duty Service Members, Disabled Veterans, and Surviving Spouses - Exemption From Property Tax and Other Charges and Refunds.

HB0460  Del Solomon.  Transfer With Success Act.

HB0461  Del Washington.  Public Schools - Student Attendance - Excused Absences for Mental Health Needs.

HB0462  Del Washington.  Residential Rehabilitation Programs - Reporting of Critical Incidents.

HB0463  Del Barron.  Maryland Health Equity Resource Act.

HB0464  Mont Co Deleg and PG Co Deleg.  Maryland–National Capital Park and Planning Commission – Mandatory Referral Review MC/PG 101–21.

HB0465  Del Washington.  State Superintendent of Schools - Qualifications and Senate Confirmation.

HB0466  Del Palakovich Carr.  Higher Education - Student Identification Cards - Required Information.

HB0467  Del Rogers.  Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard - Hydroelectric Power.

HB0468  Del Forbes.  Baltimore County - School Board Nominating Commission - Vacancy Procedures.

HB0469  Del Forbes.  State-Funded Construction and Major Renovation Projects - Solar Panels - Requirement.

HB0470  Del Ruth.  Public Health - Commission on Universal Health Care.

HB0471  Del C. Watson.  Financial Institutions - Security Questions and Measures.

HB0472  Del P. Young.  Agriculture - Use of Glyphosate - Prohibition.

HB0473  Del Dumais.  Electricity - Change of Address - Maintenance of Subscriptions and Contracts.

HB0474  Del Guyton.  Income Tax Credit - Wineries and Vineyards - Sunset Extension.

HB0475  Del Attar.  Speed Monitoring Systems in School Zones – Operation Times – Limitation.

HB0476  Del Shoemaker.  Family Law - Grandparent Visitation.

HB0477  Del Pippy.  Court Order to Use a Cell Site Simulator or Obtain Location Information From an Electronic Device - Procedures.

HB0478  Del Lopez.  Civil Cases – Surcharges.

HB0479  Del Barve.  State Retirement and Pension System - Investment Management Fees.

HB0480  Del Barve.  Vehicle Laws – Plug–In Electric Drive Vehicles – Reserved Parking Spaces.

HB0481  Del Barve.  Election Law - Deadline for Selection of Lieutenant Governor.

HB0482  Del Kaiser.  Horse Racing - Maryland-Bred Race Fund Advisory Committee - Membership.

HB0483  Del Turner.  Towing or Removal of Vehicles - Reclamation Hours.

HB0484  Del Cullison.  Health Care Facilities - Dialysis Treatment Services - Training (David Selby Dialysis Parity Act).

HB0485  Del Solomon.  Public-Private Partnerships - Process and Oversight.

HB0486  Del Solomon.  State Employees - Collective Bargaining - Applicability, Bargaining Processes, and Memorandums of Understanding.

HB0487  Del Solomon.  Education – School Construction – Pedestrian Safety Plans (School Pedestrian Safety Act).

HB0488  Del Moon.  Criminal Law - Use or Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance - De Minimis Quantity.

HB0489  Del Moon.  Courts - Wiretapping - Misconduct in Office.

HB0490  Montgomery County Delegation.  Montgomery County – Deer Management Permit Pilot Program MC 15–21.

HB0491  Mont Co Deleg and PG Co Deleg.  Maryland–National Capital Park and Planning Commission – Prince George’s County – Concrete Batching Plants – Setback Requirement MC/PG 106–21.

HB0492  Del Stein.  Railroad Company - Movement of Freight - Required Crew.

HB0493  Del Guyton.  Election Law - Voting Locations - Accessibility by Public Transportation and Voters With Disabilities.

HB0494  Del Stewart.  Vehicle Laws - Reckless Driving - Excessive Speeding.

HB0495  Del Palakovich Carr.  Income Tax - Internal Revenue Code Amendments and the Federal CARES Act - Decoupling.

HB0496  Del Wilkins.  Primary and Secondary Education - Mental Health Services - Expansion (Counselors Not Cops Act).

HB0497  Del Boyce.  Property Tax Credit - Urban Agricultural Property - Repeal of Repayment Requirement.

HB0498  Del Rosenberg.  First Amendment Activities and Associations - Use of Vehicle to Interfere or Damage Property.

HB0499  Del Rosenberg.  Rental Housing Restitution Fund - Establishment.

HB0500  Del Rosenberg.  Police Procedures - Requiring a Person to Lie Prone.

HB0501  Mont Co Deleg and PG Co Deleg.  Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission – Board of Ethics – Financial Disclosure Statements – Late Fees MC/PG 102–21.

HB0502  Del Crutchfield.  Office of the State’s Attorney – Collection and Publication of Prosecutorial Information.

HB0503  Del P. Young.  Environment - Office on Climate Change - Establishment.

HB0504  Del Dumais.  Insurance - Impaired Entities - Delinquency Proceedings.

HB0505  Del Dumais.  Child Custody - Legal Decision Making and Parenting Time.

HB0506  Del T. Branch.  Baltimore City - Alcoholic Beverages Districts - Legislative Districting Plan References.

HB0507  Del Stein.  Clean Water Commerce Act of 2021.

HB0508  Del Attar.  COVID-19 Claim - Civil Immunity.

HB0509  Del Acevero.  9-1-1 Specialists - Classification as First Responders.

HB0510  Del Valentino-Smith.  Transportation - Private Sector Transportation Projects Ombudsman - Establishment.

HB0511  Del Valentino-Smith.  Income Tax - Personal Exemption - Disabled Individuals.

HB0512  Del Lehman.  Coast Smart Siting and Design Criteria - Private Construction or Reconstruction Projects and Enforcement.

HB0513  Del K. Young.  Maryland Non–Emergency Medical Transportation Fund and Task Force to Study the Maryland Non–Emergency Medical Transportation Fund.

HB0514  Del B. Barnes.  Maryland Legal Services Corporation Funding - Abandoned Property.

HB0515  Del Palakovich Carr.  Real Property – Candidates – Access to Apartment Buildings.

HB0516  Mont Co Deleg and PG Co Deleg.  Bicounty Agencies – Prince George’s County – Use and Occupancy Permits – Notice Requirements MC/PG 107-21.

HB0517  Del C. Watson.  Clean Energy Loan Program - Remediation and Resiliency.

HB0518  Del Dumais.  Public Libraries – Electronic Book Licenses – Access.

HB0519  Del Barve.  Vehicle Equipment - Safety Glass - Replacement Standards.

HB0520  Del Barve.  State Buildings – Geothermal Energy Systems – Requirement.

HB0521  Del Mangione.  Criminal Procedure – Registered Sex Offenders – Entry Onto School Property (Predator–Free Schools Act).

HB0522  Del Washington.  Public Schools - School Resource Officers - Prohibited Conduct.

HB0523  Del Attar.  Baltimore City – Repossession for Failure to Pay Rent – Registration and License Information.

HB0524  Del Lehman.  Anne Arundel County and Prince George’s County – Repossession for Failure to Pay Rent – Rental Property License Information.

HB0525  Del Morgan.  St. Mary’s County – Law Enforcement Hearing Board – Civilian Members.

HB0526  St. Mary's County Delegation.  St. Mary’s County – Public and Nonpublic Schools – Prohibition on Possession of Tobacco Products by Minors.

HB0527  St. Mary's County Delegation.  St. Mary’s County Human Relations Commission – Equal Treatment.

HB0528  St. Mary's County Delegation.  St. Mary’s County – Repeal of Impact Fee – Authorization of Building Excise Tax.

HB0529  St. Mary's County Delegation.  St. Mary's County - Alcoholic Beverages - Distillery On-Site Consumption Permit.

HB0530  St. Mary's County Delegation.  St. Mary's County - Gaming - Administration of Bingo Licenses.

HB0531  Del Morgan.  Criminal Procedure – Sexual Offenders – Lifetime Supervision.

HB0532  Allegany County Delegation.  Allegany County - Video Lottery Terminals - Distribution of Proceeds.

HB0533  Del Acevero.  State Government – Prevention of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity and the Commission on Genocide Prevention.

HB0534  Del Acevero.  Public Health - Healthy Maryland Program - Establishment.

HB0535  Del Acevero.  Maryland Sign Language Interpreter Act.

HB0536  Del Acevero.  Public Financing Act - State Senate and House of Delegates Candidates and Matching Fund Revisions.

HB0537  Del Ruth.  Mental Health Law – Petitions for Emergency Evaluation – Procedures.

HB0538  Del Hartman.  Handgun Permits – Qualifications – High–Risk Occupations.

HB0539  Del Buckel.  Historic Revitalization Tax Credit - Certified Historic Structure and Single-Family, Owner-Occupied Residence - Definitions.

HB0540  Del Morgan.  Interstate Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact.

HB0541  Montgomery County Delegation.  Montgomery County – Residential Property Sales – School District Information MC 01-21.

HB0542  Del C. Watson.  Emergency Management - Chief Resilience Officer - Appointment and Duties.

HB0543  Del Hornberger.  Firearms – Right to Purchase, Possess, and Carry – Use of Medical Cannabis.

HB0544  Del Hornberger.  Presidential Elections - Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote - Repeal.

HB0545  Del Hornberger.  Natural Resources – Licenses, Permits, Registrations, and Certificates – Digital or Electronic Format.

HB0546  Del Hornberger.  Video Lottery Operator - Reconciliation of Proceeds - Uncollectible Debt.

HB0547  Del R. Lewis.  Maryland Medical Assistance Program – Dental Prophylaxis Care and Oral Health Exams.

HB0548  Del R. Lewis.  Human Services - Trauma-Informed Care - Commission and Training.

HB0549  Del Pena-Melnyk.  Maryland Department of Health - Birth Registration - Gestational Carriers.

HB0550  Montgomery County Delegation.  Montgomery County - Education - School Site Council Pilot Program MC 21-21.

HB0551  Del Bagnall.  Maryland Medical Assistance Program and Health Insurance – Coverage and Reimbursement of Telehealth Services.

HB0552  Del Hornberger.  Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Emergency Service Transporters - Reimbursement.

HB0553  Del Ebersole.  State Lottery Tickets - Prohibition on Internet Sales - Repeal.

HB0554  Del Pena-Melnyk.  Division of Consumer Protection - Assisted Living Programs.

HB0555  Del Long.  Baltimore County – Alcoholic Beverages – Class D Beer, Wine, and Liquor Licenses.

HB0556  Del D.E. Davis.  Public Service Commission - Virtual Public Hearings.

HB0557  Del Long.  Homestead Property Tax Credit - Calculation of Credit for Dwelling Purchased by First-Time Homebuyer.

HB0558  Del D.E. Davis.  For-Hire Driving and Vehicles - Requirements.

HB0559  Del Long.  Baltimore County - Property Tax - Homeowners Property Tax Credit .

HB0560  Del Fennell.  Human Relations - Discrimination in Housing - Reentry-Into-Society Status.

HB0561  Del D.E. Davis.  Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard – Wastewater, Thermal, and Other Renewable Sources.

HB0562  Montgomery County Delegation.  Montgomery County – Speed Limits – Establishment MC 02–21.

HB0563  Del Long.  Local Government – Animal Control Facilities – Adoption Fee Waiver for Veterans (Pets for Vets Act of 2021).

HB0564  Montgomery County Delegation.  Montgomery County – Automated Traffic Enforcement – Implementing Agency MC 04–21.

HB0565  Del Charkoudian.  Health Facilities - Hospitals - Medical Debt Protection.

HB0566  Del Long.  County Boards of Education - Virtual Schools - Requirement.

HB0567  Montgomery County Delegation.  Montgomery County - Cooperative Housing Corporations, Condominiums, and Homeowners Associations - Reserve Studies MC 3-21.

HB0568  Del Pena-Melnyk.  Human Services - Maryland Baby Bond Account Program - Establishment.

HB0569  Del Clippinger.  Electricity - Net Energy Metering - Limit.

HB0570  Del Long.  Homestead Property Tax Credit Program - Notice of Eligibility - Lead Registry and Code Compliance.

HB0571  Montgomery County Delegation.  Montgomery County - Disabled Active Duty Service Members, Disabled Veterans, and Surviving Spouses - Property Tax Abatement MC 20-21.

HB0572  Del Clippinger.  Baltimore City - 46th District - Alcoholic Beverages Licenses.

HB0573  Del Long.  Baltimore County – Overdue Property Taxes – Waiver of Interest and Penalties.

HB0574  Montgomery County Delegation.  Montgomery County Stable Homes Act MC 8–21.

HB0575  Cecil County Delegation.  Cecil County - Motor Vehicle Registration - Exception for Golf Carts.

HB0576  Del Hornberger.  Election Law - Political Clubs.

HB0577  Del Stewart.  Health and Welfare of H–2 Visa and Migrant Workers – COVID–19 Pandemic – Regulations (Healthy Farmworkers Act).

HB0578  Del D.E. Davis.  Public Utilities - Annual Reports.

HB0579  Del Hornberger.  Snare Traps - Prohibition Against Sale or Possession - Alterations.

HB0580  Del D.M. Davis.  Driver's Licenses - Suspension for Child Support Arrearages - Repeal.

HB0581  Del D.E. Davis.  Labor and Employment - Employment Standards During an Emergency (Maryland Essential Workers' Protection Act).

HB0582  Cecil County Delegation.  Cecil County - Sales and Use Tax Exemption - Federal Facilities Redevelopment Areas.

HB0583  Del Stein.  Climate Solutions Now Act of 2021.

HB0584  Del R. Watson.  Public Utilities – Net Energy Metering.

HB0585  Del D.M. Davis.  Commercial Law - Consumer Protection - Financial Capabilities and Legal Assistance Fund.

HB0586  Del R. Watson.  General Provisions – Commemorative Days – Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day.

HB0587  Del R. Watson.  Department of Information Technology - Status of Information Technology and Cybersecurity in State Agencies - Reports.

HB0588  The Spkr (Admin).  Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2022).

HB0589  The Spkr (Admin).  Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2021.

HB0590  The Spkr (Admin).  Creation of a State Debt - Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loan of 2021, and the Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loans of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

HB0591  Del R. Watson.  Property Tax Exemption – Disabled Veterans.

HB0592  Del Fraser-Hidalgo.  State Vehicle Fleet - Conversion to Zero-Emission Electric Vehicles.

HB0593  Del Fraser-Hidalgo.  Condominiums and Homeowners Associations - Meeting Requirements.

HB0594  Del Fraser-Hidalgo.  Prohibition on Sale of Wildlife - Local Venison Donation Programs - Application.

HB0595  Del Fraser-Hidalgo.  Vehicle Laws - Personal Delivery Devices - Standards and Requirements.

HB0596  Del D.E. Davis.  Commercial Law - Professional Athlete Funding Act.

HB0597  Del Kelly.  Child Care Centers - Teacher Qualifications.

HB0598  Del Kelly.  Maryland Medical Assistance Program – Applied Behavior Analysis Services – Reimbursement.

HB0599  Del Kelly.  Public Health - Long-Term Care Planning.

HB0600  Del Belcastro.  State Board of Examiners for Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers, and Speech–Language Pathologists – Duties, Appointment of Members, and Requirements for Licensees.

HB0601  Del Kipke.  Pharmacy Benefits Managers - Definition of Purchaser and ERISA.

HB0602  Del Kipke.  Maryland Medical Assistance Program and Managed Care Organizations That Use Pharmacy Benefits Managers - Reimbursement Requirements.

HB0603  Del Kipke.  Health Insurance - Pharmacy Benefits Managers - Explanation of Benefits Statements.

HB0604  Del Kipke.  Funeral Establishments and Crematories - Unclaimed Cremains of Veterans - Notification, Disposition, and Reporting.

HB0605  Del Kipke.  Veterans - Behavioral Health Services - Mental Health First Aid.

HB0606  Del D.E. Davis.  Electricity and Gas - Limited-Income Mechanisms.

HB0607  Del Kipke.  State Health and Welfare Benefits Program - Requirements for Selection of Pharmacy Benefits Manager.

HB0608  Del Solomon.  Early Childhood Education - Child Care Provider Support Grant Program (The Child Care Provider Support Act).

HB0609  Del Boyce.  Public and Nonpublic Schools - Bronchodilator Availability and Use - Policy (Bronchodilator Rescue Inhaler Law).

HB0610  Del Hill.  Homeowners' Property Tax Credit - Transfer of Dwelling to Surviving Family Member.

HB0611  Del Hill.  Public Health - Prohibition on Testing Cosmetics on Animals.

HB0612  The Spkr (Admin).  Recovery for the Economy, Livelihoods, Industries, Entrepreneurs, and Families (RELIEF) Act.

HB0613  Prince George's County Delegation.  Prince George’s County – Coal– and Gas–Fired Generating Stations – Prohibitions (Prince George’s County Stop Environmentally Unjust Coal and Gas Plants Act of 2021) PG 410–21.

HB0614  Prince George's County Delegation.  Prince George’s County – Board of Education and Chief Executive Officer – Alterations PG 503–21.

HB0615  Prince George's County Delegation.  Natural Resources - Sunday Deer Hunting - Prince George's County PG 402-21.

HB0616  Prince George's County Delegation.  Prince George's County Board of Education - Nonstudent Member Compensation and Student Member Scholarship PG 501-21.

HB0617  Prince George's County Delegation.  Prince George's County - Alcoholic Beverages - Licenses for Supermarkets PG 306-21.

HB0618  Prince George's County Delegation.  Prince George’s County – Speed Monitoring Systems – Intersection of Suitland Road and Skyline Drive PG 310–21.

HB0619  Prince George's County Delegation.  Prince George’s County – Speed Monitoring Systems – Residential Districts and School Zones PG 302–21.

HB0620  Prince George's County Delegation.  Prince George's County - Alcoholic Beverages - Distance Restrictions PG 304-21.

HB0621  Prince George's County Delegation.  Prince George’s County – Elementary School Students – Daily Physical Activity (Student Health and Fitness Act) PG 504–21.

HB0622  Prince George's County Delegation.  Prince George’s County – Land Use – Magnetic Levitation Transportation System Siting (Prince George’s County Stop the Maglev Act of 2021) PG 406–21.

HB0623  Prince George's County Delegation.  Prince George's County - Assisted Living Program Licensing - Notice of Applicant Located in Common Ownership Community PG 401-21.

HB0624  Prince George's County Delegation.  Prince George's County - Board of Education and Chief Executive Officer - Revisions PG 502-21.

HB0625  Prince George's County Delegation.  Prince George’s County – Alcoholic Beverages – Alcohol Density Zones and Licenses PG 307–21.

HB0626  Prince George's County Delegation.  Prince George's County - Vehicle Height Monitoring Systems PG 305-21.

HB0627  Prince George's County Delegation.  Prince George's County - Speed Monitoring Systems - Briggs Chaney Road PG 303-21.

HB0628  Prince George's County Delegation.  Prince George's County - Speeding Violations on Maryland Route 210 (Indian Head Highway) - Fines PG 301-21.

HB0629  Del Novotny.  County Boards of Education – Student Member – Voting.

HB0630  Del Solomon.  Primary and Secondary Education – School District Energy Use – Policy and Study.

HB0631  Del Beitzel.  State Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund - Purpose, Use, and Funding - Sunset Extension.

HB0632  Del Beitzel.  Garrett County - Alcoholic Beverages Act of 2021.

HB0633  Del Beitzel.  Gun Theft Felony Act of 2021.

HB0634  Del Beitzel.  Association Health Coverage Plans.

HB0635  Prince George's County Delegation.  Maryland Emergency Management Agency, Department of Transportation, and Department of the Environment – Study on Historic and Recent Flooding in Prince George’s County PG 407–21.

HB0636  Del Solomon.  School Buildings - Drinking Water Outlets - Elevated Level of Lead (Safe School Drinking Water Act).

HB0637  Al Co Deleg and Gar Co Deleg.  Allegany County and Garrett County - Archery Hunting - Safety Zone.

HB0638  Del Lopez.  Public Safety - Untraceable and Undetectable Firearms.

HB0639  Del D.M. Davis.  Tri–County Council for Southern Maryland – Property Management – Southern Maryland Regional Agricultural Center.

HB0640  Del Ruth.  Criminal Law - Failure to Obey a Reasonable and Lawful Order - Repeal.

HB0641  Del Palakovich Carr.  Homeowner's Insurance - Weather-Related Claims.

HB0642  Del Palakovich Carr.  Consumer Protection – Maryland Consumer Reporting Act – Regulations.

HB0643  Del Palakovich Carr.  Public Health - Cosmetic Products - Ingredient Prohibition.

HB0644  Del Arentz.  Queen Anne's County - Alcoholic Beverages - License Applications - Exceptions.

HB0645  Del Arentz.  Criminal Law - Disruption of Highway Usage - Prohibition.

HB0646  Del Valentino-Smith.  Child Abuse and Neglect - Memorandum of Understanding With Military Family Advocacy Program.

HB0647  Del Wilson.  Corporations and Associations - Fees for Processing Articles of Dissolution, Certificates of Cancellation, and Other Documents - Repeal.

HB0648  Del Wilson.  Electric Cooperatives – Meetings – Alterations.

HB0649  Del Anderton.  Transportation - Highway User Revenues - Revenue and Distribution.

HB0650  Del Boyce.  Minority Business Enterprises - Sexual and Gender Minorities (Imari's Business Pride Act).

HB0651  Del Qi.  Education – Educational Interpreter – Certification Requirements.

HB0652  Del Qi.  Health Facilities - Residential Service Agencies - Guidance and Reporting.

HB0653  Del Qi.  Joint Committee on Workforce Development.

HB0654  Del Qi.  Maryland Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer Incentive Program.

HB0655  Del Crosby.  Local Government – County Commissioner Elections – District Voting.

HB0656  Del Crosby.  Election Law - Early Voting Centers - Accessibility by Public Transportation.

HB0657  Del Crosby.  Commercial Law – Maryland Credit Services Business Act – Revisions.

HB0658  Del Qi.  Transforming Manufacturing in a Digital Economy Workgroup (Making It in Maryland).

HB0659  Del Qi.  Vehicle Laws – Manufacturers and Dealers – Prices Listed on Dealer Website.

HB0660  Del Chisholm.  Maryland Veterans Service Animal Program - Definitions.

HB0661  Del Chisholm.  Income Tax - Expensing of Business Property and Bonus Depreciation - Recoupling With Federal Law.

HB0662  Del Chisholm.  Anne Arundel County - Property Tax Credit for Business Entities - State of Emergency.

HB0663  Del Boteler.  Local Government - Regulation of Amateur Radio Station Antenna Structures.

HB0664  Del Howard.  Financial Institutions - Consumer Credit - Sales-Based Financing Transactions.

HB0665  Del Boteler.  Education - Public Charter Schools - Virtual Learning Programs.

HB0666  Del Barron.  Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority – Metro Transit Police – Quotas and Metro Transit Police Complaints Board.

HB0667  Del Sample-Hughes.  General Provisions - State Song - Repeal.

HB0668  Del Szeliga.  Reckless and Negligent Driving – Death of Another – Must–Appear Violation (Sherry’s and Ryan’s Law).

HB0669  Del Attar.  Crimes - Firearms - Straw Purchase Participant Penalty.

HB0670  The Spkr (Plc Rfm Accntblty Wrkgrp).  Police Reform and Accountability Act of 2021.

HB0671  The Spkr.  Public Information Act – Personnel and Investigatory Records – Complaints Against Police Officers.

HB0672  Del Attar.  Department of Juvenile Services – Juvenile Offense Database.

HB0673  Del Valentino-Smith.  State Health Care Facilities - Employees - Alternative Workweeks.

HB0674  Del Valentino-Smith.  Nursing Homes - Transfer of Ownership - Site Visits and Surveys.

HB0675  Del Valentino-Smith.  Drunk and Drugged Driving - Prior Convictions - Conviction for the Drunk or Drugged Operation of a Vessel.

HB0676  Del Bhandari.  General Provisions – Commemorative Days – Dashain Day.

HB0677  Del Bhandari.  Baltimore County - Alcoholic Beverages - Board of License Commissioners - Qualifications.

HB0678  Del Buckel.  Crimes of Violence – Parole (Stopping Dangerous and Violent Criminals Act of 2021).

HB0679  Del Rogers.  Anne Arundel County - Alcoholic Beverages - Class MT License.

HB0680  Del Rogers.  Anne Arundel County - Board of License Commissioners - Chief Inspector.

HB0681  Del Buckel.  Task Force to Study the Maryland Orphans' Courts.

HB0682  Del Buckel.  Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard - Thermal Biomass Systems.

HB0683  Del Valderrama.  Workers' Compensation - Medical Cannabis - Compensation and Benefits.

HB0684  Del Valderrama.  Professional Land Surveyors - Surveying Practice - Definition and Licensing Exception.

HB0685  Del Valderrama.  Labor and Employment - Secure Maryland Wage Act.

HB0686  Del McComas.  Court Officials - Public Disclosure of Personal Information.

HB0687  Del McComas.  Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights - Uniform Disciplinary Procedures.

HB0688  Del McComas.  Criminal Law - Second Degree Assault - Sports Official.

HB0689  Del McComas.  Certificates for Involuntary Admission - Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical.

HB0690  Del Hornberger.  Election Integrity Act.

HB0691  Del Hornberger.  Election Law – Campaign Contributors – Disclosure of Owning or Controlling Individual or Business Entity.

HB0692  Cecil County Delegation.  Cecil County - Board of Education - Member Terms and Compensation.

HB0693  Cecil County Delegation.  Cecil County - Fishing - Restrictions.

HB0694  Del Hornberger.  Election Law - Offenses Related to Voting - Penalties.

HB0695  Del Hornberger.  State Board of Elections - Campaign Finance Reporting Database - Study.

HB0696  Del Hornberger.  Public Safety - Consumer and Display Fireworks.

HB0697  Del Williams.  Residential Property - Eviction Proceedings - Shielding of Court Records.

HB0698  Del Crutchfield.  Maryland Model Prisons Study Workgroup.

HB0699  Del D.M. Davis.  Motor Vehicles - Driver's License and Insurance Offenses - Penalties.

HB0700  Del Ruth.  Education - Disruption of School Activities - Repeal of Prohibition.

HB0701  Del McComas.  Child Abuse and Neglect - Training of Health Care Professionals.

HB0702  Del Ivey.  Higher Education - Standardized Tests - Prohibition of Use in Student Admissions.

HB0703  Del Ivey.  Transportation - I-270 and I-495 - Prohibition on Adding New Lanes.

HB0704  Del Ivey.  Land Use – Magnetic Levitation Transportation System Siting (Maryland Stop the Maglev Act of 2021).

HB0705  Del Ivey.  Transportation – I–270 and I–495 – Prohibition on Toll Lanes (Stop Unnecessary Toll Lanes Act of 2021).

HB0706  Del Ivey.  Medical Cannabis – Dispensary Grower–Processor License.

HB0707  Del Bhandari.  Public Safety - Law Enforcement Reform.

HB0708  Del Krebs.  State Board of Dental Examiners - Dispositions and Summary Suspensions - Time Periods.

HB0709  Del Krebs.  Pharmacy Benefits Managers - Drug Reimbursement - Reporting Requirements.

HB0710  Del Krebs.  Maryland Medical Assistance Programs - Dental Providers and Dental Students - Reimbursement.

HB0711  Del D. Jones.  Income Tax – Subtraction Modification – Donations to Diaper Banks and Other Charitable Entities.

HB0712  Del D. Jones.  Bureau of Revenue Estimates - Tax Incidence Study - Scope.

HB0713  Del Guyton.  County Boards of Education - Therapy Dogs - Policy for Handling and Use in Schools.

HB0714  Del Guyton.  Special Education - Learning Continuity Plan - Requirement.

HB0715  Del Guyton.  Public Schools - Self-Contained Special Education Classrooms - Use of Video Recording Devices.

HB0716  Del Griffith.  Special Education – Individualized Education Programs – Educational Evaluations.

HB0717  Del Guyton.  Education – Technology Resources – Funding (Ending the Digital Divide Act).

HB0718  Del Guyton.  State Coordinator for Autism Strategy and Advisory Stakeholder Group on Autism-Related Needs - Mandated Appropriation.

HB0719  Del Moon.  Commercial Tenants - Personal Liability Clauses - Enforceability.

HB0720  Del Moon.  Intercepted Communications - Penalties and Admissibility of Evidence.

HB0721  Del Moon.  Tort Claims Acts - Limits on Liability.

HB0722  Del Ivey.  Procurement - Disparity Studies - African American-Owned Businesses.

HB0723  Del Ivey.  Public Institutions of Higher Education – Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Individuals – Academic and Employment Opportunities.

HB0724  Del Guyton.  Special Education - Education and Vocational Services - Prolonged School Closure.

HB0725  Del Ivey.  Constitutional Amendment - Legislative Sessions.

HB0726  Del Ivey.  Labor and Employment - Apprenticeship and Training Council - Representation.

HB0727  Del Moon.  Law Enforcement – Body–Worn Cameras – Capabilities.

HB0728  Del Moon.  Criminal Procedure - Committed Persons - Release Proceedings.

HB0729  The Spkr (Atty Gen Ofc).  Landlord and Tenant - Eviction Actions - Filing Surcharge and Prohibited Lease Provisions.

HB0730  The Spkr (Admin).  Driver's Licenses, Learner's Instructional Permits, and Identification Cards - Applications and Renewals.

HB0731  The Spkr (Admin).  Telehealth Services – Expansion.

HB0732  The Spkr (Admin).  Health Care Practitioners - Telehealth - Out-of-State Health Care Practitioners.

HB0733  The Spkr (Admin).  Retirement Tax Reduction Act of 2021.

HB0734  The Spkr (Admin).  Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Military Retirement Income.

HB0735  The Spkr (Admin).  Income Tax Subtraction Modification – Correctional Officers, Law Enforcement Officers, and Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services Personnel (Hometown Heroes Act).

HB0736  The Spkr (Admin).  Interstate Licensed Professional Counselors Compact.

HB0737  The Spkr (Admin).  Emergency Services – Exposure to Contagious Diseases and Viruses – Notification and Other Requirements.

HB0738  Chr W&M (Dept).  Election Law - Certificates of Candidacy and Ballot Questions - Revisions.

HB0739  The Spkr (Atty Gen Ofc).  Environment - Multidefendant Oil and Hazardous Substance Pollution Cases - Effect of Settlement.

HB0740  The Spkr (Admin).  Building Opportunity Act of 2021.

HB0741  The Spkr (Admin).  Maryland Environmental Service - Officers, Board of Directors, and Responsibilities - Alterations.

HB0742  Del Dumais.  Compensation to Individual Erroneously Convicted, Sentenced, and Confined (The Walter Lomax Act).

HB0743  Del Dumais.  Electricity - Standard Offer Service - Renewable Energy.

HB0744  Del Dumais.  Courts – Counsel Appearance Fees – Domestic Violence.

HB0745  Del Luedtke.  Election Law - Early Voting Centers - Number Required.

HB0746  Del Wivell.  Election Law - Absentee Ballot Envelopes - Party Affiliation.

HB0747  Del Brooks.  Consumer Protection - Internet Event Ticket Sales - Prohibition on Sharing Personal Information.

HB0748  Del Atterbeary.  Family Law – Child Custody and Visitation.

HB0749  Del Atterbeary.  Drunk Driving Offenses – Ignition Interlock System Program.

HB0750  Del Atterbeary.  Office of the Attorney General - Right to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings Coordinator.

HB0751  Del Ebersole.  Baltimore County – Board of Education – Oversight by the Baltimore County Office of the Inspector General.

HB0752  Del Ebersole.  Income Tax Credit - Food Donation Pilot Program - Extension.

HB0753  Del Ebersole.  Education - Student-Organized Peaceful Demonstrations - Student Discipline and Policy.

HB0754  Del Pippy.  Criminal Procedure – Expungement – Entitlement.

HB0755  Del Thiam.  Natural Resources – Complimentary Angler’s License – Disabled Veterans.

HB0756  Del Krimm.  Office of Legislative Audits – Acceptance and Investigation of Allegations of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse.

HB0757  Del Bagnall.  Local Health Departments and Community Action Agencies – Feminine Hygiene Products.

HB0758  Del Bagnall.  Maryland Licensure of Certified Midwives Act.

HB0759  Del Kaiser.  Election Law - Postelection Tabulation Audits - Risk-Limiting Audits.

HB0760  Del Kaiser.  Election Law - Time for Processing Absentee Ballots .

HB0761  Del Kaiser.  Election Law – Contested Elections.

HB0762  Del Kittleman.  State Designations - State Astronomical Feature - Crab Nebula.

HB0763  Del Shetty.  Task Force to Study Crime Classification and Penalties - Alterations.

HB0764  Del Kittleman.  Education - Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today Program - Established and Mandated Funding.

HB0765  Del Terrasa.  Workers’ Compensation – Occupational Disease Presumptions – Novel Coronavirus (Essential Workers’ Compensation Act).

HB0766  Del Terrasa.  Estates and Trusts – Administration of Estates – Fees.

HB0767  Montgomery County Delegation.  Montgomery County - Voting Methods MC 22-21.

HB0768  Montgomery County Delegation.  Montgomery County - Community Choice Energy - Pilot Program MC 17-21.

HB0769  Montgomery County Delegation.  Montgomery County – Housing Opportunities Commission – Public Body MC 07–21.

HB0770  Del McIntosh.  Baltimore City Community College - Procurement Authority.

HB0771  Del Queen.  Public Schools - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Surveys - Revisions.

HB0772  Del Queen.  Courts - Judgments - Exemptions from Execution.

HB0773  Del Queen.  Public Safety - Firearm Telematics - Study.

HB0774  Del Queen.  Public Health – Adverse Childhood Experience Screening – Requirement and Practitioner Training Program.

HB0775  Del Kittleman.  Task Force to Study the Establishment of Regional Centers for Women Veterans.

HB0776  Del Ebersole.  State Department of Education - Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Project - Study and Report.

HB0777  Del Brooks.  Power Plant Research Program – Review of Application for Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity – Alterations.

HB0778  Del Brooks.  Income Tax – Healthy Indoor Air Quality Tax Credit.

HB0779  Del Metzgar.  Corporations and Associations - Filing Fees - Reductions.

HB0780  Del Kerr.  Maryland Health Benefit Exchange – State–Based Young Adult Health Insurance Subsidies Pilot Program.

HB0781  Del Dumais.  Corporations and Real Estate Investment Trusts – Miscellaneous.

HB0782  Del Patterson.  Public Schools - Purple Star Schools Program - Establishment.

HB0783  Del Queen.  Workgroup on Screening Related to Adverse Childhood Experiences.

HB0784  Del Terrasa.  Residential Construction - Electric Vehicle Charging.

HB0785  Del Terrasa.  Landlord and Tenant – Commencement of Action to Repossess for Failure to Pay Rent – Required Notice and Grace Period.

HB0786  Del Kaiser.  Department of Human Services, Maryland Department of Health, and Department of Education - Easing Access to Family Support Programs.

HB0787  Del Kaiser.  Burtonsville Crossing – Acquisition by the Department of General Services.

HB0788  Del Krimm.  Procurement Officers - Hiring Practices and Certification.

HB0789  Mont Co Deleg and PG Co Deleg.  Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission – Video and Audio Streaming and Archiving Meetings and Financial Assistance MC/PG 100–21.

HB0790  Del P. Young.  Procurement – Office of Small, Minority, and Women Business Affairs – Small Business Reserve Program and Veteran–Owned Small Business Enterprise Program.

HB0791  Del P. Young.  Military Service Credit - Eligibility.

HB0792  Del Anderton.  Sales and Use Tax - Tax-Free Periods - University and College Textbooks.

HB0793  Del Anderton.  Local Governments - Income Tax Disparity Grants - Amounts.

HB0794  Carroll County Delegation.  Carroll County - Sheriff - Salary.

HB0795  Wicomico County Delegation.  Wicomico County - Alcoholic Beverages - Repeal of Food Sales Requirement for Class B (Golf Course) License.

HB0796  Del Buckel.  Sales and Use Tax – Alcoholic Beverages – Rate Reduction.

HB0797  Del Qi.  Procurement – Small Business Reserve Program – Administration and Application.

HB0798  Frederick County Delegation.  Frederick County Board of Education - Vacancies.

HB0799  Del Clark.  Aquaculture Leases and Shellfish Nursery Operations – Wetlands.

HB0800  Del Clark.  Aquaculture Leases - Marking and Recording Requirements - Mobile Application.

HB0801  Del Clark.  Calvert County – Public Safety – Buildings Used for Agritourism.

HB0802  Del Clark.  Calvert County - Sunday Hunting.

HB0803  Del Solomon.  Facilitating University Transformations by Unifying Reductions in Emissions (FUTURE) Act.

HB0804  Del Palakovich Carr.  Taxes – Whistleblower Reward Program and Statute of Limitations for Tax Collections.

HB0805  Del Palakovich Carr.  Economic Development - Enterprise Zone Program - Alterations.

HB0806  Del K. Young.  Health Facilities – Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Programs – Essential Caregivers.

HB0807  Del Love.  Task Force to Review and Update the Maryland Recycling Act.

HB0808  Del Haynes.  Juvenile Law - Procedure - Appearance by Video Conference.

HB0809  Del Haynes.  Public Safety - Use of Force De-Escalation Training of Law Enforcement Officers - Reports.

HB0810  Del Cullison.  Health Occupations - Pharmacists - Laboratory Tests.

HB0811  Del Cullison.  State Board of Social Work Examiners - Revisions.

HB0812  Del Cullison.  Maryland Department of Health - 2-1-1 Maryland - Mental Health Services Phone Call Program.

HB0813  St. Mary's County Delegation.  St. Mary's County - Public Facilities Bond.

HB0814  Del Morgan.  St. Mary’s County – Alcoholic Beverages Licenses – Annual Fees.

HB0815  Del Shoemaker.  State Agricultural Land Transfer Tax – Application of Nonagricultural Use Reduction and Exemption.

HB0816  Del Shoemaker.  Family Law - Support of Destitute Adult Children - Repeal.

HB0817  Del Shoemaker.  State Department of Education - Interscholastic Athletics Eligibility Waiver - Graduate Athletes.

HB0818  Carroll County Delegation.  Carroll County - Instant Ticket Lottery Machines.

HB0819  Del Krebs.  Pharmacy Benefits Managers - Prohibited Actions.

HB0820  Del Rose.  County Boards of Education - Computer Science Courses - Reporting Requirements.

HB0821  Del Rose.  Natural Resources – Hunting Licenses – New Residents.

HB0822  Del Grammer.  Baltimore County Board of Education - Members - Publication of Contact Information.

HB0823  Del Rose.  Public Schools - Mathematics Credit - College Preparatory Computer Science or Computer Programming Course.

HB0824  Del P. Young.  Public Schools - Cyber Safety Guide and Training Course - Development, Implementation, and Reporting.

HB0825  Del Healey.  Cooperative Housing Corporations - Dispute Settlement and Eviction Procedures.

HB0826  Del Healey.  Real Property – Condominiums and Homeowners Associations – Dispute Settlement.

HB0827  Del Buckel.  No Representation Without Population Act – Repeal.

HB0828  Del Cox.  Good Teacher Protection Act.

HB0829  Del Lierman.  Economic Development – Small Business Financing – Loan Loss Reserve (Maryland Capital Access Program).

HB0830  Del Lierman.  Community Development Administration - Financial Assistance Programs - Prohibitions.

HB0831  Del Charkoudian.  Maryland Food System Resiliency Council.

HB0832  Del Fraser-Hidalgo.  Public Utilities – Electric School Bus Pilot Program.

HB0833  Del Buckel.  Natural Resources - State Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund - Mandatory Funding.

HB0834  Del Metzgar.  Public Health – Federal and State Funding for Abortions – Prohibition and Exceptions.

HB0835  Del Shoemaker.  States of Emergency and Catastrophic Health Emergencies - Renewals - Authorization by General Assembly or Legislative Policy Committee.

HB0836  Del Pena-Melnyk.  COVID-19 Testing, Contact Tracing, and Vaccination Act of 2021.

HB0837  Del Carr.  Collective Bargaining - Teachers at the Maryland School for the Deaf - Separate Bargaining Unit.

HB0838  Del P. Young.  Baltimore County – Public School Construction – LEED Green Building Rating System.

HB0839  Del Qi.  State Department of Assessments and Taxation – Lists of Business Entities Not Filing Annual Report.

HB0840  Del Otto.  Somerset County - Natural Resources - Sunday Hunting.

HB0841  Del Otto.  Labor and Employment - Maryland Wage and Hour Law - Agricultural Stands, Retail Farms, and Farmers' Markets.

HB0842  Del Howard.  Electric Companies - Billing Information.

HB0843  Del Howard.  Anne Arundel County - Natural Resources - Fishing With a Haul Seine.

HB0844  Del Lierman (Chr Jt Com on Pnsns).  State Retirement and Pension System - Fiduciary Insurance.

HB0845  Del Cox.  Public Safety – Permit to Carry, Wear, or Transport a Handgun – Qualifications.

HB0846  Del Cox.  Public Health - Abortions - Prenatal Diagnosis of Down Syndrome (Down Syndrome Dignity Act).

HB0847  Del Cox.  Criminal Procedure - Registered Sex Offenders - Residency Restrictions.

HB0848  The Spkr (Atty Gen Ofc).  Small Claims - Examination in Aid of Enforcement - Prohibition on Arrest or Incarceration for Failure to Appear.

HB0849  Del Rosenberg.  Public Health - Medical Records - Fees.

HB0850  Del Rosenberg.  Higher Education – Maryland Corps Program Fund – COVID–19 Emergency Funding Priorities.

HB0851  Del Ruth.  Corrections - Restrictive Housing - Serious Mental Illness.

HB0852  Del Kaiser.  Property Tax - Tax Sales - Homeowner Protection Program.

HB0853  Chr W&M (Dept).  Small, Minority, and Women–Owned Businesses Account – Alterations.

HB0854  Del Kaiser.  Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center - Inclusion of Out-of-Home Placement Data.

HB0855  Del Hartman.  Criminal Law - Life-Threatening Injury Involving a Motor Vehicle or Vessel - Criminal Negligence (Wade's Law).

HB0856  Del Hartman.  Worcester County - Sunday Hunting - Game Bird and Game Mammal Seasons and Public Land.

HB0857  Del Lehman.  Environment - Synthetic Turf and Turf Infill - Chain of Custody and Reuse.

HB0858  Del Hornberger.  Higher Education - Active Duty Law Enforcement Officers - Tuition Exemption.

HB0859  Cecil County Delegation.  Cecil County - Video Lottery Terminals - Distribution of Proceeds.

HB0860  Del Gilchrist.  State Planning – Preservation of Agricultural Land – Goal.

HB0861  Del Palakovich Carr.  Real Property - Landlord and Tenant - Reusable Tenant Screening Reports.

HB0862  St. Mary's County Delegation.  St. Mary’s County and Metropolitan Commission – Debt Limitations.

HB0863  St. Mary's County Delegation.  St. Mary’s County – Motor Vehicle Registration – Exception for Golf Carts.

HB0864  Del Charles.  Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Military Retirement Income.

HB0865  Del Smith.  Historic Revitalization Tax Credit – Small Commercial Projects – Alterations.

HB0866  Del Smith.  Environment - Business Recycling Reporting Requirements.

HB0867  Del Smith.  Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative Program Fund.

HB0868  Del Smith.  Baltimore City - 45th District - Alcoholic Beverages - Class B-D-7 License.

HB0869  Del Smith.  Sales and Use and Vehicle Excise Taxes - Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing and Short-Term Vehicle Rentals - Alterations and Distribution.

HB0870  Del Hill.  Maryland General and Limited Power of Attorney Act – Assistance With Governmental Benefits and Programs.

HB0871  Del Charles.  Consolidation of the Procurement Improvement Council and the Council for the Procurement of Health, Educational, and Social Services.

HB0872  Del Charles.  Sheila E. Hixson Behavioral Health Services Matching Grant Program for Service Members and Veterans - Establishment.

HB0873  Del Charles.  State Board for Certification of Residential Child Care Program Professionals – Certification – Revisions.

HB0874  Del Cox.  Maryland Veterans Trust Fund – CAM for Veterans Grant Program – Established (David Perez Military Heroes Act (End 22 a Day)).

HB0875  Del D.E. Davis.  Electricity - Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard - Qualifying Biomass.

HB0876  Chr ECM (Dept).  Uninsured Employers' Fund and Subsequent Injury Fund - Amount of Assessment on Awards and Settlements - Sunset Extension.

HB0877  Del Valentino-Smith (Chr Jt Cmte End Hom).  Workgroup on Adaptive Reuse of Vacant Commercial Spaces.

HB0878  Del Chang.  Bay Restoration Fund - County Authority to Incur Indebtedness.

HB0879  Del R. Watson.  Maryland Emergency Management Agency - Cybersecurity Coordination and Operations Office - Establishment.

HB0880  Allegany County Delegation.  Allegany County - Alcoholic Beverages Licenses - Annual Fees.

HB0881  Del Valentino-Smith.  Mental Health Facilities - Sexual Abuse and Harassment - Reporting and Prevention.

HB0882  Del Barron.  Workgroup to Study Partial Expungement.

HB0883  Allegany County Delegation.  Allegany County – Alcoholic Beverages – Transfer and Auction of Licenses.

HB0884  Del Buckel.  Task Force on the Economic Future of Western Maryland - Extension of Report Deadline and Task Force.

HB0885  Del R. Watson.  Courts of Appeals and Special Appeals – Renaming.

HB0886  Del J. Lewis.  Public Safety – Elevator Inspections – Transit Compact Authority.

HB0887  Del Chang.  State Debt – Annuity Bond Fund – Use of Bond Premiums.

HB0888  Del McKay.  Income Tax – Subtraction Modification for Volunteer Fire, Rescue, or Emergency Medical Services Members – Active Status Points.

HB0889  Del Chang.  Public Health - Cottage Food Businesses - Annual Revenues.

HB0890  Del D.E. Davis.  Natural Gas – Strategic Infrastructure Development and Enhancement – Surcharge and Plans.

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Senate Bills

SB0357  Sen Rosapepe.  Joint Committee on Workforce Development.

SB0358  Sen Rosapepe.  General Provisions - Commemorative Days - Pongal Day.

SB0359  Sen Rosapepe.  Department of Transportation and Department of the Environment – Purple Line Tree Replacement Plan.

SB0360  Sen Rosapepe.  State Government – Notaries Public – Notary Public Fund and Remote Notarial Acts.

SB0361  Sen Rosapepe.  Public–Private Partnerships – Process and Oversight.

SB0362  Sen McCray.  Transportation - Highway User Revenues - Revenue and Distribution.

SB0363  Sen McCray.  Courts – Improperly Summoning a Police Officer – Civil Liability.

SB0364  Sen McCray.  Baltimore City – Civil Claims Against Law Enforcement Officers of an Institution of Higher Education – Prohibition Against Nondisclosure Provision in Settlement Agreement.

SB0365  Sen McCray.  Neighborhood Business Development Program - Food Desert Projects - Business Retention.

SB0366  Sen McCray.  Department of Assessments and Taxation - Identification Number for Business - Task Force.

SB0367  Sen McCray.  Housing and Community Development - Neighborhood Revitalization Programs - Application Requirements.

SB0368  Sen Peters.  Speed Monitoring Systems – Municipal Corporations – Authorization.

SB0369  Sen Peters.  Child Abuse and Neglect - Memorandum of Understanding With Military Family Advocacy Program.

SB0370  Sen Peters.  Income Tax Subtraction Modification – Military and Public Safety Retirement Income.

SB0371  Sen Peters.  Special Education - Individualized Education Programs - Educational Evaluations.

SB0372  Sen Reilly.  Civil Action - Surety Insurance - Failure to Act in Good Faith.

SB0373  Sen Reilly.  Vehicle Laws – Suspension of Driver’s License or Vehicle Registration – Unpaid Judgments.

SB0374  Sen Kagan.  Campaign Finance - Special Session of the General Assembly - Contributions Prohibited.

SB0375  Sen Kagan.  Agriculture – Neonicotinoid Pesticides – Sale and Storage.

SB0376  Sen Kagan.  Maryland Nonprofit Development Center Program – Nonprofit, Interest–Free, Micro Bridge Loan (NIMBL) Account – Funding.

SB0377  Sen Kagan.  Vehicle Laws – Rental Vehicles – Provision of Spare Tires.

SB0378  Sen Hayes.  Baltimore City - Cigarettes, Other Tobacco Products, and Electronic Smoking Devices - Local Laws Authorization.

SB0379  Sen Lam.  Health Occupations - Registration of Audiology Assistants.

SB0380  Sen Lam.  Maryland Office of the Inspector General for General Services.

SB0381  Sen Cassilly.  Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights – Uniform Disciplinary Procedures.

SB0382  Harford County Senators.  Harford County - Board of Education - Terms of Appointed Members.

SB0383  Sen Cassilly.  Court Order to Use a Cell Site Simulator or Obtain Location Information From an Electronic Device - Procedures.

SB0384  Sen Kelley.  Health Facilities - Residential Service Agencies - Compliance With State Labor Laws.

SB0385  Sen Cassilly.  Organized Retail Theft.

SB0386  Harford County Senators.  Harford County – Alcoholic Beverages – Assisted Living Program License.

SB0387  Sen Cassilly.  Intersection of State and Local Highways – Crosswalks and Curb Ramps.

SB0388  Sen Cassilly.  Vehicle Registration – Disability Plates – Parking Meter Fees.

SB0389  Sen Gallion, et al.  Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Emergency Service Transporters - Reimbursement.

SB0390  Sen Gallion.  Harford County - Alcoholic Beverages - Gift Basket Permit.

SB0391  Sen Gallion.  Horse Racing - Purse Dedication Account - Annual Grant to Fair Hill.

SB0392  Sen Augustine.  Electricity and Gas - Limited-Income Mechanisms.

SB0393  Sen Augustine.  Maryland Medical Assistance Program and Health Insurance - Coverage and Reimbursement of Telehealth Services.

SB0394  Sen Carter.  Family Law - Nonpayment of Child Support - Sentencing.

SB0395  Sen Carter.  Criminal Law - Felony Murder - Limitation and Review of Convictions for Children.

SB0396  Sen Carter.  Baltimore City – Alcoholic Beverages Licenses – Hours of Sale.

SB0397  Sen Carter.  Correctional Services - Diminution Credits - Education.

SB0398  Sen Carter.  Mental Health Law - Petitions for Emergency Evaluation - Procedures.

SB0399  Sen Carter.  Maryland Transit Administration - Disabled Reduced Fare Program for Opioid Treatment Program Patients - Modifications.

SB0400  Sen Carter.  Hate Crimes - False Statement to a Law Enforcement Officer.

SB0401  Sen Carter.  Landlord-Tenant - Nonrenewal of Lease - Notice Requirements.

SB0402  Sen Carter.  Driver's Licenses - Suspension for Child Support Arrearages - Repeal.

SB0403  Sen Carter.  Public Institutions of Higher Education - Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Individuals - Academic and Employment Opportunities.

SB0404  Sen Augustine.  State Government – Websites – Required Information.

SB0405  Sen Augustine.  Higher Education - Student Identification Cards - Required Information.

SB0406  Sen Augustine.  Public Safety - Local Youth Violence Review Committees.

SB0407  Sen Kramer.  Electricity – Net Energy Metering – Limit.

SB0408  Sens Kramer and Zucker.  Vehicle Laws - Reckless Driving, Speed Contests, Registration Plates, and Noise Abatement - Penalties.

SB0409  Sen Kramer.  County Boards of Education – Therapy Dogs – Policy for Handling and Use in Schools.

SB0410  Sen Kramer.  Cigarettes, Other Tobacco Products, and Electronic Smoking Devices - Local Law Authorization.

SB0411  Sen Kramer.  Long-Term Care Insurance - Premium Rate Increases - Restriction (Equity in Long-Term Care Insurance Premiums Act).

SB0412  Sen Hester.  Consumer Protection - Right to Repair.

SB0413  Sen Guzzone.  Maryland Legal Services Corporation Funding – Abandoned Property.

SB0414  Sen Pinsky, et al.  Climate Solutions Now Act of 2021.

SB0415  Sen Pinsky.  Public Financing Act - Matching Fund Revisions (Maryland Fair Elections Act).

SB0416  Sens Pinsky and Guzzone.  Public Financing Act - State Senate and House of Delegates Candidates and Matching Fund Revisions.

SB0417  Sen Pinsky.  Power Plant Research Program - Review of Application for Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - Alterations.

SB0418  Sen Pinsky, et al.  Maryland Energy Administration – Energy and Water Efficiency Standards – Alterations.

SB0419  Sen Carter.  No-Knock Warrants - Elimination.

SB0420  Sen Carter.  Criminal Law – Drug Paraphernalia for Administration – Decriminalization.

SB0421  Sen Patterson.  Indigenous Peoples' Day - Rule of Interpretation and Replacement of Columbus Day.

SB0422  Sen Salling.  Maryland Transportation Authority - Vehicle Not Using Bridge - No Toll Payment Required.

SB0423  Sen Salling.  Public Health - Federal and State Funding for Abortions - Prohibition and Exceptions.

SB0424  Sen Salling.  Baltimore County - Alcoholic Beverages - Class D Beer, Wine, and Liquor License.

SB0425  Sen Augustine.  Workgroup on Screening Related to Adverse Childhood Experiences.

SB0426  Sen Ferguson.  Baltimore City - 46th District - Alcoholic Beverages Licenses.

SB0427  Sens Elfreth and West.  Public Schools - Provision of Menstrual Hygiene Products - Requirement.

SB0428  Sen Kelley.  Public Utilities - Annual Reports.

SB0429  Sen Kelley.  For-Hire Driving and Vehicles - Requirements.

SB0430  Sen Kelley.  Public Service Commission - Virtual Public Hearings.

SB0431  Sens King and Guzzone.  Maryland Sign Language Interpreter Act.

SB0432  Sen King.  Public Libraries - Electronic Book Licenses - Access.

SB0433  Sen King.  Community Colleges – State Funding – Revision.

SB0434  Sen King.  Vehicle Laws – Failure to Pay Video Toll – Outstanding Fines.

SB0435  Sen King.  Vehicle Laws - Failure to Pay Video Toll - Penalties.

SB0436  Sen King.  Child Care Centers - Teacher Qualifications.

SB0437  Sen Washington, et al.  Maryland Longitudinal Data System - Student Data - Pregnant and Parenting Students.

SB0438  Sen Washington, et al.  Public Schools - Pregnant and Parenting Students - Policies and Reports.

SB0439  Sens Ready and West.  Public Institutions of Higher Education - Student Athletes (Jordan McNair Safe and Fair Play Act).

SB0440  Sen Lee.  Courts - Wiretapping - Misconduct in Office.

SB0441  Sen Lee.  Developmental Disabilities Administration - Self-Directed Services.

SB0442  Sen Klausmeier.  Aquaculture Leases and Shellfish Nursery Operations - Wetlands.

SB0443  Sen West.  Crimes - Malicious Destruction of Historically Significant Monument (Monument Protection Act of 2021).

SB0444  Sen West.  Transforming Manufacturing in a Digital Economy Workgroup (Making It in Maryland).

SB0445  Sen West.  Vehicle Equipment - Safety Glass - Replacement Standards.

SB0446  Sen West.  Department of the Environment - Supplemental Environmental Projects Database.

SB0447  Sen Edwards.  Historic Revitalization Tax Credit – Certified Historic Structure and Single–Family, Owner–Occupied Residence – Definitions.

SB0448  Sen Edwards.  County Boards of Education - Student Transportation - Vehicles.

SB0449  Sen Kagan.  Public Information Act – Revisions (Equitable Access to Records Act).

SB0450  Sen Edwards.  State Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund - Purpose, Use, and Funding - Sunset Extension.

SB0451  Sen Edwards.  Garrett County – Alcoholic Beverages Act of 2021.

SB0452  Sen Edwards.  Allegany County - Video Lottery Terminals - Distribution of Proceeds.

SB0453  Sen Edwards.  Allegany County and Garrett County - Archery Hunting - Safety Zone.

SB0454  Sen Sydnor.  Real Property – Alterations in Actions for Repossession and Establishment of Eviction Diversion Program.

SB0455  Sen Sydnor.  Employment Discrimination - Time for Filing Complaints.

SB0456  Sen Sydnor.  Office of the State's Attorney - Collection and Publication of Prosecutorial Information.

SB0457  Sen Feldman.  Commercial Law – Credit Regulation – Reverse Mortgage Loans Act – Revisions.

SB0458  Sen Feldman.  Insurance - Impaired Entities - Delinquency Proceedings.

SB0459  Sen Feldman.  Economic Development – Maryland Small Business Innovation Research Technical Assistance Program – Alterations.

SB0460  Sen Feldman.  Economic Development - Advanced Clean Energy and Clean Energy Innovation Investments and Initiatives.

SB0461  Sen Feldman.  Workers' Compensation - Medical Cannabis - Compensation and Benefits.

SB0462  Sen Feldman.  Public Utilities - Low-Income Housing - Energy Performance Targets.

SB0463  Sen West.  Public Safety - Police Athletic League Grant Fund - Establishment.

SB0464  Sen West.  Education – Educational Interpreter – Certification Requirements.

SB0465  Sen West.  Maryland Medical Assistance Programs - Dental Providers and Dental Students - Reimbursement.

SB0466  Sen West.  Certificates for Involuntary Admission – Licensed Certified Social Worker–Clinical.

SB0467  Sen West.  Estates and Trusts - Administration of Estates - Payment of Commissions and Attorney's Fees.

SB0468  Sen West.  Baltimore County Board of Education - Annual Budget - Conditions on Expenditures.

SB0469  Sen Washington.  Maryland Medical Assistance Program – Applied Behavior Analysis Services – Reimbursement.

SB0470  Sen Washington.  Institute for Innovation and Implementation - Pregnant, Expecting, and Parenting Students - Data Collection and Report.

SB0471  Sen Washington (By Request).  Task Force to Study Crime Classification and Penalties - Alterations.

SB0472  Sen Washington.  Baltimore City – Alcoholic Beverages Districts – Legislative Districting Plan References.

SB0473  Sen Washington.  Labor and Employment - Leave With Pay - Bereavement Leave.

SB0474  Sen Eckardt.  Real Property - Sale of Mobile Home Parks - Notice Requirements.

SB0475  Sen Eckardt.  Talbot County – Deer and Turkey Hunting – Sundays.

SB0476  Sen Eckardt.  Health Occupations - Nurses - Delegation of Tasks.

SB0477  Sen McCray, et al.  Enoch Pratt Free Library - Operating Hours and Funding.

SB0478  Sen Smith.  Correctional Services – Immigration Detention – Prohibition (Dignity Not Detention Act).

SB0479  Sen Smith.  Public Safety - Access to Firearms - Storage Requirements (Jaelynn's Law).

SB0480  Sen Zucker.  Income Tax Distribution – Tax Clinics for Low–Income Marylanders.

SB0481  Sen Carter.  State Fire Marshal - Investigations - Reporting Requirement.

SB0482  Sen Carter.  Public Safety - Law Enforcement Officers - Whistleblower Protections.

SB0483  Sen Hettleman.  Solid Waste Management - Organics Recycling and Waste Diversion - Food Residuals.

SB0484  Sen Hettleman.  Criminal Procedure - Victims of Crime - Private Room.

SB0485  Sen Augustine.  Maryland Medical Assistance Program – Dental Prophylaxis Care and Oral Health Exams.

SB0486  Sen Augustine, et al.  Labor and Employment - Employment Standards During an Emergency (Maryland Essential Workers' Protection Act).

SB0487  Sen Beidle, et al.  Anne Arundel County - Alcoholic Beverages - Board of License Commissioners.

SB0488  Sen Beidle.  Family Law - Marriage - Licenses and Records.

SB0489  Sens Beidle and Elfreth.  Anne Arundel County - Alcoholic Beverages - Class MT License.

SB0490  Sen Beidle, et al.  Anne Arundel County - Board of License Commissioners - Chief Inspector.

SB0491  The Pres (Admin).  Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2022).

SB0492  The Pres (Admin).  Creation of a State Debt - Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loan of 2021, and the Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loans of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

SB0493  The Pres (Admin).  Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2021.

SB0494  Sen West, et al.  Juveniles Convicted as Adults - Sentencing - Limitations and Reduction (Juvenile Restoration Act).

SB0495  Sen Cassilly.  Reckless and Negligent Driving - Death of Another - Must-Appear Violation.

SB0496  The Pres (Admin).  Recovery for the Economy, Livelihoods, Industries, Entrepreneurs, and Families (RELIEF) Act.

SB0497  Sen Kelley, et al.  Juvenile Services Education Board and Program – Establishment, Powers, and Duties.

SB0498  Sen Kelley.  Correctional Services - Parole - Life Imprisonment.

SB0499  Sen Lam.  Prohibition on Vending Machine Sales of Drugs and Medicines - Repeal.

SB0500  Sens Lam and Hettleman.  Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact.

SB0501  Sen Beidle.  Towing or Removal of Vehicles From Parking Lots – Placement of Signs – Regional Malls.

SB0502  Sen Carozza, et al.  Labor and Employment - Maryland Wage and Hour Law - Agricultural Stands, Retail Farms, and Farmers' Markets.

SB0503  Sen Smith.  Public Utilities - Gas Service Regulator Safety (Flower Branch Act).

SB0504  Sen Smith.  Discrimination in Employment – Use of Medical Cannabis – Prohibition.

SB0505  Sen Hettleman.  Criminal Law - First-Degree Child Abuse - Continuing Course of Conduct.

SB0506  Sen Kelley.  Public Utilities - Regulatory Assets - Prohibition.

SB0507  Sen Kelley, et al.  Division of Consumer Protection - Assisted Living Programs.

SB0508  Sen Peters.  Public Utilities - Net Energy Metering.

SB0509  Sen Peters.  National Capital Strategic Economic Development Program - Eligibility.

SB0510  Sen Simonaire.  Sales and Use Tax - Tax-Free Period for Back-to-School Shopping - Sale of Sewing Items.

SB0511  Sen Pinsky, et al.  Corporate Tax Fairness Act of 2021.

SB0512  Sens Feldman and Hershey.  Commercial Law – Professional Athlete Funding Act.

SB0513  Sen Feldman.  Cancer Drugs - Physician Dispensing and Coverage.

SB0514  Sen Feldman, et al.  Health Facilities - Hospitals - Medical Debt Protection.

SB0515  Sen Klausmeier.  Criminal Procedure – Registered Sex Offenders – Entry Onto School Property.

SB0516  Sen Klausmeier.  State Board of Environmental Health Specialists - Fees - General Fund.

SB0517  Sen Klausmeier.  State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners - Temporary Licenses to Practice Physical Therapy and Limited Physical Therapy.

SB0518  Sen Klausmeier (Balt Co Admin).  Environment – Office on Climate Change – Establishment.

SB0519  Sen Klausmeier.  Estates and Trusts - Wills and Advance Medical Directives - Notaries Public.

SB0520  Sen Klausmeier.  Behavioral Health Services and Voluntary Placement Agreements - Children and Young Adults - Report Modifications.

SB0521  Sen Kramer, et al.  State Personnel – Collective Bargaining.

SB0522  Sen Pinsky, et al.  Public Health - Commission on Universal Health Care.

SB0523  Sen Lam (Audio, HrgAidDisp, Sp-LangPath).  State Board of Examiners for Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers, and Speech–Language Pathologists – Duties, Appointment of Members, and Requirements for Licensees.

SB0524  The Pres (Atty Gen Ofc).  Environment - Multidefendant Oil and Hazardous Substance Pollution Cases - Effect of Settlement.

SB0525  Sen McCray.  Baltimore City - Centralized Booking Facility - Voting Information and Early Voting Polling Place.

SB0526  Sen McCray, et al.  Legal Education Success Collaborative - Established.

SB0527  Sen Lee, et al.  Criminal Procedure - Probation Before Judgment - Facts Justifying a Finding of Guilt and Suspension of Sentence.

SB0528  Sen Elfreth.  Coast Smart Siting and Design Criteria - Private Construction or Reconstruction Projects and Enforcement.

SB0529  Sen Elfreth (AA Co Admin).  Anne Arundel County - Hotel Tax Alterations - Distribution of Revenue.

SB0530  The Pres (Atty Gen Ofc), et al.  Landlord and Tenant - Eviction Actions - Filing Surcharge and Prohibited Lease Provisions.

SB0531  Sen Kelley, et al.  Criminal Procedure - Life Without Parole - Imposition.

SB0532  Sen Kramer.  Financial Institutions - Consumer Credit - Sales-Based Financing Transactions.

SB0533  Sen Guzzone.  Horse Racing - Maryland-Bred Race Fund Advisory Committee - Membership.

SB0534  Sen Guzzone.  Income Tax Credit – Wineries and Vineyards – Sunset Extension.

SB0535  Sen King.  Condominiums and Homeowners Associations - Meeting Requirements.

SB0536  Sen King.  Montgomery County - Stormwater Charges - Organizations Offering Agricultural Exhibitions.

SB0537  Sen Hershey.  Pharmacists - Required Notification and Authorized Substitution - Lower-Cost Drug or Device Product.

SB0538  Sen Guzzone.  Community College Tuition and Residency Waivers - Funding.

SB0539  Sen Guzzone.  Income Tax Credit – Food Donation Pilot Program – Extension.

SB0540  Sens Hershey and Gallion.  Federal Clean Water Act - Authority of State.

SB0541  Sens Hershey and Gallion.  Maryland Transportation Authority - John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway - Toll Plazas.

SB0542  Sen Eckardt.  State Health Care Facilities - Employees - Alternative Workweeks.

SB0543  Sen Eckardt.  Insurance - Health Care Sharing Ministries - Exemption.

SB0544  Sen Eckardt.  Charter and Code Home Rule Counties - County Property Leases - Notice Exemptions.

SB0545  Sen Jennings.  Task Force to Study Canine Breeding Facilities.

SB0546  Sen McCray.  School Buildings - Drinking Water Outlets - Elevated Level of Lead (Safe School Drinking Water Act).

SB0547  Sen McCray.  Baltimore City - 45th District - Alcoholic Beverages - Class B-D-7 License.

SB0548  Sen Augustine.  Public Schools - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Surveys - Revisions.

SB0549  Sens Hershey and Edwards.  Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard - Thermal Biomass Systems.

SB0550  Sen Beidle, et al.  Sheila E. Hixson Behavioral Health Services Matching Grant Program for Service Members and Veterans – Establishment.

SB0551  Sen Rosapepe.  School Construction Incentive Act of 2021.

SB0552  Sen Young.  Motor Vehicle Insurance Use of Credit History Rating Policy.

SB0553  Sen Young.  Vehicle Laws - Intersections - Prohibited Acts.

SB0554  Sen Young.  Higher Education - Returned Peace Corps Volunteers - In-State Tuition.

SB0555  Sen Young.  Criminal Procedure – Victims of Sexually Assaultive Behavior – Required Meeting.

SB0556  Sen Young.  Collective Bargaining - Teachers at the Maryland School for the Deaf - Separate Bargaining Unit.

SB0557  Sen Young.  Suicide Treatment Improvements Act.

SB0558  Carroll County Senators.  Carroll County - Instant Ticket Lottery Machines.

SB0559  Sen Ready.  Drunk and Drugged Driving - Testing - Warrants.

SB0560  Sen Ready, et al.  Criminal Law - Theft of a Handgun.

SB0561  Sens Hershey and Eckardt.  Electric Cooperatives - Meetings - Alterations.

SB0562  Sens Hettleman and West.  Agriculture - License to Produce Hemp - Limitation.

SB0563  Sen Griffith.  Local Health Departments - Funding.

SB0564  Sen Griffith.  Consolidation of the Procurement Improvement Council and the Council for the Procurement of Health, Educational, and Social Services.

SB0565  Sen Griffith, et al.  Public Health - Data - Race and Ethnicity Information.

SB0566  Sen Elfreth (AA Co Admin).  Anne Arundel County – Transfer Tax – Housing Trust Special Revenue Fund.

SB0567  The Pres (Admin).  Telehealth Services - Expansion.

SB0568  The Pres (Admin).  Health Care Practitioners – Telehealth – Out–of–State Health Care Practitioners.

SB0569  The Pres (Admin).  Driver's Licenses, Learner's Instructional Permits, and Identification Cards - Applications and Renewals.

SB0570  The Pres (Admin).  Emergency Services – Exposure to Contagious Diseases and Viruses – Notification and Other Requirements.

SB0571  The Pres (Admin).  Interstate Licensed Professional Counselors Compact.

SB0572  The Pres (Admin).  Retirement Tax Reduction Act of 2021.

SB0573  The Pres (Admin).  Income Tax Subtraction Modification – Correctional Officers, Law Enforcement Officers, and Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services Personnel (Hometown Heroes Act).

SB0574  The Pres (Admin).  Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Military Retirement Income.

SB0575  The Pres (Admin).  Maryland Environmental Service - Officers, Board of Directors, and Responsibilities - Alterations.

SB0576  The Pres (Admin).  Building Opportunity Act of 2021.

SB0577  Sens McCray and Edwards.  Economic Development - Makerspace Initiative Pilot Program.

SB0578  Sen McCray.  Income Tax - Retroactive Changes Under the Federal CARES Act - Addition Modification.

SB0579  Sen Kagan.  Health Care Facilities – Restrooms – Requirements.

SB0580  Sen Kagan.  Homeowner's Insurance - Weather-Related Claims.

SB0581  Sen Hettleman.  Action for Change of Name - Waiver of Publication Requirement.

SB0582  Sen Hettleman.  Commercial Tenants – Personal Liability Clauses – Enforceability.

SB0583  Sen Hettleman.  Law Enforcement – Body–Worn Cameras – Capabilities.

SB0584  Sen Gallion.  Education - Student Horizon Database and Scorecard (Students Right to Know Act of 2021).

SB0585  Sen Gallion.  Agriculture - Processing of Poultry Litter for Alternative Use.

SB0586  Sen Beidle.  Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program – Exemptions – Older Drivers.

SB0587  Sen Sydnor.  Facial Recognition Privacy Protection Act.

SB0588  Sen Sydnor.  Law Enforcement Officers - Creditability of Witnesses and Misconduct Database (Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021).

SB0589  Sen Sydnor.  Criminal Procedure – Police Officers – Stop Procedures (Know Your Rights Act).

SB0590  Sen Sydnor.  Criminal Procedure - Required Disclosures - Brady Material.

SB0591  Sens Zucker and Elfreth.  Bureau of Revenue Estimates - Tax Incidence Study - Scope.

SB0592  Sens Zucker and Kelley.  State Child Welfare System - Reporting.

SB0593  Sen Zucker, et al.  Property Tax - Homeowners' Property Tax Credit - Calculation and Refunds.

SB0594  Sen Carozza, et al.  Labor and Employment - Maryland Healthy Working Families Act - Verification.

SB0595  Sen Washington.  Residential Electricity and Gas Supply Billing Information - Reports.

SB0596  Sen Washington.  Election Law - Early Voting Centers - Hours of Operation.

SB0597  Sen Washington.  State Board of Social Work Examiners - Revisions.

SB0598  Sen Smith.  Procurement – Office of Small, Minority, and Women Business Affairs – Small Business Reserve Program and Veteran–Owned Small Business Enterprise Program.

SB0599  Sen Smith.  Public Safety – Surplus Military Equipment – Prohibition on Purchase by Law Enforcement Agencies.

SB0600  Sen Smith.  Office of the Attorney General – Investigation and Prosecution of Deaths Caused by Police Officers.

SB0601  Sen Smith.  Public Safety – Required Drug and Alcohol Testing for Law Enforcement Officers.

SB0602  Sen Smith.  Tort Claims Acts – Limits on Liability.

SB0603  Sens Hershey and Eckardt.  Caroline County - Sunday Hunting - Deer Hunting Seasons.

SB0604  Sens Hershey and Gallion.  Cecil County - Motor Vehicle Registration - Exception for Golf Carts.

SB0605  Sen Hershey.  Queen Anne's County - Natural Resources - Sunday Hunting.

SB0606  Sen Hershey.  Correctional Officers' Retirement System - Kent County.

SB0607  Sen Jackson.  Criminal Law - Harm to Service Animals.

SB0608  Sen Jackson.  Public Safety – Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission.

SB0609  Sen Augustine.  Economic Development - Maryland Industrial Development Financing Authority - Marketing Plan.

SB0610  Sen Cassilly.  Lodging Establishments – Accessible Rooms for Individuals With Disabilities – Deadlines.

SB0611  Sen Pinsky.  Individual Income Tax - Rates and Rate Brackets - Alterations.

SB0612  Carroll County Senators.  Carroll County - Public Facilities Bond.

SB0613  Carroll County Senators.  Carroll County - Sheriff - Salary.

SB0614  Sen Ready.  Pharmacy Benefits Managers - Drug Reimbursement - Reporting Requirements.

SB0615  Sen Ready.  Pharmacy Benefits Managers - Prohibited Actions.

SB0616  Sen McCray.  Baltimore City - Soil Conservation District - Authority to Establish.

SB0617  Sen Bailey.  Criminal Procedure – Expungement – Entitlement.

SB0618  Sen Edwards.  Natural Resources - State Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund - Mandatory Funding.

SB0619  Sen Edwards, et al.  No Representation Without Population Act - Repeal.

SB0620  Sen Edwards.  Income Tax - Subtraction Modification for Volunteer Fire, Rescue, or Emergency Medical Services Members - Active Status Points.

SB0621  Sen Edwards.  Association Health Coverage Plans.

SB0622  Sen Edwards.  Income Tax – Subtraction Modification – Donations to Diaper Banks and Other Charitable Entities.

SB0623  Sen Lee.  Criminal Law - Crimes Involving Computers.

SB0624  Sen Lee.  Public Safety - Untraceable and Undetectable Firearms.

SB0625  Sen Carter.  Courts - Jury Service - Disqualification.

SB0626  Sen Carter.  Law Enforcement Officers - Use of Force.

SB0627  Sen Carter.  Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights - Repeal and Procedures for Discipline.

SB0628  Sen Reilly.  Landlord and Tenant - Establishment of Rent Escrow Accounts - Time Limit.

SB0629  Sen Lee.  Intercepted Communications - Penalties and Admissibility of Evidence.

SB0630  Sen Ferguson.  Education - Adult High School Pilot Program - Funding and Grants.

SB0631  Sen Kagan, et al.  Public Safety – Statewide 3–1–1 Nonemergency Telephone System.

SB0632  Sen Kagan.  Election Law – Contested Elections.

SB0633  Sen Carozza.  Worcester County - Sunday Hunting - Game Bird and Game Mammal Seasons and Public Land.

SB0634  Sen Carozza.  Somerset County - Natural Resources - Sunday Hunting.

SB0635  Sen Hayes.  Minority Business Enterprises – Calculation of Participation Rates – Exemption for Procurements From Maryland Correctional Enterprises – Repeal.

SB0636  Sen Hayes.  Housing and Community Development - Neighborhood Revitalization - Passive House Pilot Program.

SB0637  Sen Hayes.  Community Development Administration - Live Near Your School Program - Establishment.

SB0638  Sen Augustine.  Maryland Insurance Commissioner – Specialty Mental Health Services and Payment of Claims – Enforcement.

SB0639  Sen Augustine.  Maryland Technology Development Corporation – Inclusion Fund – Establishment.

SB0640  Sen Elfreth.  Emergency Community Services Fund.

SB0641  Sen Elfreth (Chr Jt Com on Pnsns).  State Retirement and Pension System - Fiduciary Insurance.

SB0642  Sen Elfreth (Chr Jt Com on Pnsns).  State Retirement and Pension System - COVID-19-Related Death Benefits - Clarification.

SB0643  Sen Hough.  Correctional Services – Division of Parole and Probation – Definition of Absconding.

SB0644  Sen Kagan.  State Officials - Appointments - Advice and Consent of the Senate.

SB0645  Sen Kagan, et al.  9–1–1 Board – Procurement Reform.

SB0646  Sens Carozza and Kagan.  Alcohol and Drug Counseling - Alcohol and Drug Trainees - Practice Through Telehealth.

SB0647  Sen King.  Federal COVID-19 Relief Funding - Report.

SB0648  Sen Carter.  Vehicle Laws - Disposal of Abandoned Vehicles - Public Auction.

SB0649  Sen Griffith, et al.  Procurement – Department of General Services – MBE Program Compliance Officer.

SB0650  Sen Klausmeier (Balt Co Admin).  Workgroup to Evaluate the Establishment of a Regional Waste Disposal Facility.

SB0651  Sen Klausmeier.  Baltimore County - Workers' Compensation - Permanent Partial Disability - Detention and Correctional Officers.

SB0652  Sen Klausmeier.  Public Health - Long-Term Care Planning.

SB0653  Sen Klausmeier.  Labor and Employment - Healthy Working Families Act - Application.

SB0654  Sen Klausmeier.  Education – Comprehensive Health Education Program – Instruction on Skin Cancer.

SB0655  Sen Klausmeier (Balt Co Admin).  Baltimore County - Board of Education - Oversight by the Baltimore County Office of the Inspector General.

SB0656  Sen Salling.  Maryland Veterans Trust Fund – CAM for Veterans Grant Program – Established (David Perez Military Heroes Act (End 22 a Day)).

SB0657  The Pres (Atty Gen Ofc).  Small Claims - Examination in Aid of Enforcement - Prohibition on Arrest or Incarceration for Failure to Appear.

SB0658  Sen Kagan, et al.  Maryland Department of Emergency Management - Establishment and Transfer of Maryland 9-1-1 Board.

[21-04-12]

 

 

Emergency Action on Regulations

Symbol Key

   Roman type indicates text existing before emergency status was granted.

   Italic type indicates new text.

   [Single brackets] indicate deleted text.

 

Emergency Regulations

Under State Government Article, §10-111(b), Annotated Code of Maryland, an agency may petition the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR), asking that the usual procedures for adopting regulations be set aside because emergency conditions exist. If the Committee approves the request, the regulations are given emergency status. Emergency status means that the regulations become effective immediately, or at a later time specified by the Committee. After the Committee has granted emergency status, the regulations are published in the next available issue of the Maryland Register. The approval of emergency status may be subject to one or more conditions, including a time limit. During the time the emergency status is in effect, the agency may adopt the regulations through the usual promulgation process. If the agency chooses not to adopt the regulations, the emergency status expires when the time limit on the emergency regulations ends. When emergency status expires, the text of the regulations reverts to its original language.

 

Title 09
MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Subtitle 10 RACING COMMISSION

09.10.01 Thoroughbred Rules

Authority: Business Regulation Article, §11-210, Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Emergency Action

[21-023-E]

The Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review has granted emergency status to amendments to Regulation .07 under COMAR 09.10.01 Thoroughbred Rules.

Emergency status began: February 1, 2021.

Emergency status expires: July 25, 2021.

 

     Editor’s Note: The text of this document will not be printed here because it appeared as a Notice of Proposed Action in 48:2 Md. R. 56 (January 15, 2021), referenced as [21-023-P].

EMMET DAVITT
Chairperson
Maryland Racing Commission

 

 

Final Action on Regulations

 

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Title 09
MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Subtitle 03 COMMISSIONER OF FINANCIAL REGULATION

09.03.10 Credit and Other Regulation

Authority: Business Regulation Article, §2-105; Financial Institutions Article, §§2-105.1, 5-909(1), 11-203, 11-503, 11-602, 12-104, 12-403(1), and
12-903(1); Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Final Action

[20-152-F]

On January 20, 2021, the Commissioner of Financial Regulation adopted new Regulation .05 under COMAR 09.03.10 Credit and Other Regulation. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 47:19 Md. R. 851 (September 11, 2020), has been adopted as proposed.

Effective Date: February 22, 2021.

ANTONIO P. SALAZAR
Commissioner of Financial Regulation

 

Subtitle 10 RACING COMMISSION

09.10.03 Prohibited Acts

Authority: Business Regulation Article, §11-210, Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Final Action

[20-198-F]

On January 28, 2021, the Maryland Racing Commission adopted amendments to Regulation .01-1 under COMAR 09.10.03 Prohibited Acts. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 47:25 Md. R. 1075 (December 4, 2020), has been adopted as proposed.

Effective Date: March 1, 2021.

EMMET DAVITT
Chairperson
Racing Commission

 

Title 10
MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Subtitle 09 MEDICAL CARE PROGRAMS

10.09.37 Family Planning Program Eligibility

Authority: Health-General Article, §§2-104(b), 15-103(a), and 15-140, Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Final Action

[20-165-F]

On February 3, 2021, the Acting Secretary of Health adopted new Regulation .03-1 under COMAR 10.09.37 Family Planning Program Eligibility. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 47:22 Md. R. 939—941 (October 23, 2020), has been adopted with the nonsubstantive changes shown below.

Effective Date: February 22, 2021.

Attorney General's Certification

In accordance with State Government Article, §10-113, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Attorney General certifies that the following changes do not differ substantively from the proposed text. The nature of the changes and the basis for this conclusion are as follows:

Regulation .03-1B(3)(c)(iv): To align with 42 CFR §435.214, the Department will delete language prohibiting Medicare-enrolled individuals from being granted family planning program presumptive eligibility.

Regulation .03-1B(5): To align with intended process, the Department will delete the term “sign” and replace it with the term “submit”. This change is necessary to clarify that the process does not require the family clinic employee to sign the presumptive eligibility application.

Regulation .03-1E(2): To align with 42 CFR §435.214, the Department will delete language prohibiting Medicare-enrolled individuals from being granted family planning program presumptive eligibility.

.03-1 Family Planning Program Presumptive Eligibility.

A. (proposed text unchanged)

B. Requirements.

(1) (proposed text unchanged)

(2) The agreement under §B(1)(b) of this regulation shall require that the family planning clinic:

(a)(c) (proposed text unchanged)

(d) Prohibit employees who have not attended required trainings [[and passed a post-training test]] from making presumptive eligibility decisions; and

(e) (proposed text unchanged)

(3) Before assisting an applicant in filing a presumptive eligibility application, the family planning clinic employee shall:

(a)—(b) (proposed text unchanged)

(c) Determine that the applicant:

(i) (proposed text unchanged)

(ii) Is not pregnant; or

(iii) Is not actively enrolled in the Medical Assistance Program[[; or]].

[[(iv) Is not enrolled in Medicare.]]

(4) (proposed text unchanged)

(5) The family planning clinic employee shall make a presumptive eligibility decision and [[sign]] submit the presumptive eligibility application by applying §D of this regulation and the following information obtained pursuant to §C of this regulation:

(a)—(d) (proposed text unchanged)

(6)(8) (proposed text unchanged)

C.D. (proposed text unchanged)

E. Limitations. Presumptive eligibility may not be granted to an individual who:

(1) (proposed text unchanged)

(2) Is currently enrolled in the Medical Assistance Program [[or Medicare]];

(3)—(6) (proposed text unchanged)

F.—G. (proposed text unchanged)

DENNIS R. SCHRADER
Acting Secretary of Health

 

Subtitle 27 BOARD OF NURSING

10.27.03 Nursing Education Programs

Authority: Health Occupations Article, §§8-205 and 8-401, Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Final Action

[20-183-F]

On January 25, 2021, the Acting Secretary of Health adopted amendments to Regulations .01—.03, .05, .08, .09, and .11—.18 under COMAR 10.27.03 Nursing Education Programs. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 47:23 Md. R. 988—993 (November 6, 2020), has been adopted as proposed.

Effective Date: February 22, 2021.

DENNIS R. SCHRADER
Acting Secretary of Health

 

Title 11
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Subtitle 15 MOTOR VEHICLE ADMINISTRATION—VEHICLE REGISTRATION

11.15.38 Electronic Lien Recording and Release

Authority: Commercial Law Article, §§12-622 and 12-1024; Transportation Article, §§13-108.1 and 13-610; Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Final Action

[20-192-F]

On January 19, 2021, the Administrator of the Motor Vehicle Administration adopted new Regulations .01—.03 under a new chapter, COMAR 11.15.38 Electronic Lien Recording and Release. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 47:25 Md. R. 1078 (December 4, 2020), has been adopted as proposed.

Effective Date: February 22, 2021.

CHRISTINE NIZER
Administrator
Motor Vehicle Administration

 

Title 12
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES

Subtitle 04 POLICE TRAINING AND STANDARDS COMMISSION

12.04.01 General Regulations

Authority: Public Safety Article, §§3-208 and 3-209, Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Final Action

[20-166-F]

On December 7, 2020, the Police Training and Standards Commission adopted amendments to Regulations .04 and .06 under COMAR 12.04.01 General Regulations. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 47:22 Md. R. 955—956 (October 23, 2020), has been adopted as proposed.

Effective Date: February 22, 2021.

SHERIFF TROY D. BERRY
Chair
Police Training and Standards Commission

 

Title 14
INDEPENDENT AGENCIES

Subtitle 04 MARYLAND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Notice of Final Action

[20-203-F]

On February 2, 2021, the Maryland Technology Development Corporation adopted amendments to:

(1) Regulation .01 under COMAR 14.04.01 Definitions;

(2) Regulation .05 under COMAR 14.04.02 Investment Programs;

(3) Regulation .05 under COMAR 14.04.06 Maryland Venture Fund;

(4) Regulation .04 under COMAR 14.04.07 Investment Committee; and

(5) Regulations .03 and .05 under COMAR 14.04.08 Stem Cell Research Commission.

This action, which was proposed for adoption in 47:26 Md. R. 1112—1113 (December 18, 2020), has been adopted as proposed.

Effective Date: February 22, 2021.

TROY A. LeMAILE-STOVALL
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

 

Title 26
DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Subtitle 12 RADIATION MANAGEMENT

Notice of Final Action

[20-193-F-I]

On January 19, 2021, the Secretary of the Environment adopted amendments to:

(1) Regulation .01 under COMAR 26.12.01 Radiation Protection; and

(2) Regulation .02 under COMAR 26.12.02 Inspection and Certification.

This action, which was proposed for adoption in 47:25 Md. R. 1079 — 1080 (December 4, 2020), has been adopted as proposed.

Effective Date: February 22, 2021.

BENJAMIN H. GRUMBLES
Secretary of the Environment

 

Title 31
MARYLAND INSURANCE ADMINISTRATION

Subtitle 08 PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE

31.08.03 Notices of Cancellation, Nonrenewal, Premium Increase, and Reduction in Coverage

Authority: Insurance Article, §§2-109, 27-609, 27-613, and 27-614, Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Final Action

[20-155-F]

On January 20, 2021, the Insurance Commissioner adopted amendments to Regulations .04, .05, .07, and .08 under COMAR 31.08.03 Notices of Cancellation, Nonrenewal, Premium Increase, and Reduction in Coverage. This action, which was proposed for adoption in 47:21 Md. R. 911—912 (October 9, 2020), has been adopted with the nonsubstantive changes shown below.

Effective Date: February 22, 2021.

Attorney General's Certification

In accordance with State Government Article, §10-113, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Attorney General certifies that the following changes do not differ substantively from the proposed text. The nature of the changes and the basis for this conclusion are as follows:

The only change to the regulations is to add the suite number to the mailing address for the Maryland Insurance Administration. This was overlooked at the time of initial proposal.

.04 Procedure and Requirements Regarding Cancellation or Nonrenewal.

A notice of cancellation or nonrenewal sent by an insurer to its insured in accordance with Insurance Article, §27-613, Annotated Code of Maryland, shall be sent in triplicate by certified mail and shall, in addition to the statutory information required in the notice of cancellation or nonrenewal, include the following on the first page of the notice in 12-point bold type:

 

IMPORTANT

"Right of Protest"

 

The "Right of Protest" does not apply to cancellation or nonrenewal due to nonpayment of premium.

 

You may protest the action proposed by this notice as provided under Insurance Article, §27-613, Annotated Code of Maryland. For your protest to be duly filed you, the named insured, must sign a copy of this notice and send it to:

 

Insurance Commissioner

Maryland Insurance Administration

200 St. Paul Place

Suite 2700

Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Fax Number 410-468-2334 or 410-468-2307

 

within thirty (30) days after this notice was mailed to you. If your protest is not filed within the thirty (30) days, it cannot be considered by the Insurance Administration.  Instead of mailing or faxing the signed notice, you may file your protest online via the Maryland Insurance Administration’s website (www.insurance.maryland.gov) by uploading a signed copy at the following link:

 

https://enterprise.insurance.maryland.gov/consumer/ConsumerPortalWelcomePage.aspx

 

Your timely filed protest stays the action proposed by this notice. Accordingly, your insurance policy will remain in effect with the same coverages and premium that applied on the mailing date of the notice until a determination is made by the Commissioner. In order to keep your policy in effect, however, you must timely pay any authorized premium due or becoming due before the determination is issued.

 

The Insurance Commissioner will determine whether your protest has merit. You will then be notified in writing whether the proposed action is disallowed or your protest is dismissed.

 

If the protest is dismissed, you then have the right, within thirty (30) days after the mailing date of the determination, to request a hearing.

 

If you request a hearing, you will be notified in writing of the time and place of the hearing at least ten (10) days before the hearing. The Commissioner shall order the insurer to pay reasonable attorney fees incurred by you for representation at the hearing if the Commissioner finds that: (1) the actual reason for the proposed action is not stated in the notice or the proposed action is not in accordance with §27-501 of the Insurance Article, the insurer's filed rating plan, its underwriting standards, or the lawful terms and conditions of the policy related to a cancellation or nonrenewal; and (2) the insurer's conduct in maintaining or defending the proceeding was in bad faith or the insurer acted willfully in the absence of a bona fide dispute.

 

I protest the action proposed by the insurer.

 

My reasons for protesting the action are:

_____________________________________________________

 

Signed (Named Insured)___________________ Date __________

 

Daytime Phone Number__________________________________

.05 Procedure and Requirements Regarding a Reduction in Coverage.

A notice of reduction in coverage sent by an insurer to its insured in accordance with Insurance Article, §27-613, Annotated Code of Maryland, shall be sent in triplicate by certificate of mail and shall, in addition to the statutory information required in the notice of reduction in coverage, include the following on the first page of the notice in 12-point bold type:

 

IMPORTANT

"Right of Protest"

 

You may protest the action proposed by this notice as provided under Insurance Article, §27-613, Annotated Code of Maryland. For your protest to be duly filed you, the named insured, must sign a copy of this notice and send it to:

 

Insurance Commissioner

Maryland Insurance Administration

200 St. Paul Place

Suite 2700

Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Fax Number 410-468-2334 or 410-468-2307

 

within thirty (30) days after this notice was mailed to you. If your protest is not filed within the thirty (30) days, it cannot be considered by the Insurance Administration.  Instead of mailing or faxing the signed notice, you may file your protest online via the Maryland Insurance Administration’s website (www.insurance.maryland.gov) by uploading a signed copy at the following link:

 

https://enterprise.insurance.maryland.gov/consumer/ConsumerPortalWelcomePage.aspx

 

Your timely filed protest stays the action proposed by this notice. Accordingly, your insurance policy will remain in effect with the same coverages and premium that applied on the mailing date of the notice until a determination is made by the Commissioner. In order to keep your policy in effect, however, you must timely pay any authorized premium due or becoming due before the determination is issued.

 

The Insurance Commissioner will determine whether your protest has merit. You will then be notified in writing whether the proposed action is disallowed or your protest is dismissed.

 

If the protest is dismissed, you then have the right, within thirty (30) days after the mailing date of the determination, to request a hearing.

 

If you request a hearing, you will be notified in writing of the time and place of the hearing at least ten (10) days before the hearing. The Commissioner shall order the insurer to pay reasonable attorney fees incurred by you for representation at the hearing if the Commissioner finds that: (1) the actual reason for the proposed action is not stated in the notice or the proposed action is not in accordance with §27-501 of the Insurance Article, the insurer's filed rating plan, its underwriting standards, or the lawful terms and conditions of the policy related to a reduction in coverage; and (2) the insurer's conduct in maintaining or defending the proceeding was in bad faith or the insurer acted willfully in the absence of a bona fide dispute.

 

I protest the action proposed by the insurer.

 

My reasons for protesting the action are:

_____________________________________________________

 

Signed (Named Insured)__________________ Date___________

 

Daytime Phone Number _________________________________

.07 MIA Form 1006-A.

     Note: Click here to view form.

.08 MIA Form 1006-B.

     Note: Click here to view form.

KATHLEEN A. BIRRANE
Insurance Commissioner

 

 

Withdrawal of RegulationsTitle 09
MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Subtitle 12 DIVISION OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY

09.12.81 Elevator, Escalator, and Chairlift Safety

Authority: Public Safety Article, §§12-805(c), 12-806(g)(3), and
12-809(d)(3), Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Withdrawal

[20-023-W]

Pursuant to State Government Article, §10-116(b), Annotated Code of Maryland, notice is given that the proposal to amend Regulations .01-1, .04-1, .07, and .08 under COMAR 09.12.81 Elevator, Escalator, and Chairlift Safety, which was published in 47:2 Md. R. 80—81 (January 17, 2020), has been withdrawn by operation of law.

GAIL S. KLAKRING
Administrator
Division of State Documents

 

Title 10
MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Subtitle 07 HOSPITALS

10.07.02 Nursing Homes

Authority: Health-General Article, §§19-308, 19-308.1, 19-323, and 19-1401 et seq.; Public Safety Article, §14-110.1; Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Withdrawal

[20-035-W-I]

Pursuant to State Government Article, §10-116(b), Annotated Code of Maryland, notice is given that the proposal to amend Regulations .01—.03, .33, and .40 under COMAR 10.07.02 Nursing Homes, which was published in 47:2 Md. R. 91—92 (January 17, 2020), has been withdrawn by operation of law.

GAIL S. KLAKRING
Administrator
Division of State Documents

 

Subtitle 14 CANCER CONTROL

10.14.08 Professional and Volunteer Firefighter Innovative Cancer Screening Technologies Program

Authority: Health-General Article, §§13-4001—13-4007, Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Withdrawal

[20-043-W]

 

Pursuant to State Government Article, §10-116(b), Annotated Code of Maryland, notice is given that the proposal to adopt new Regulations .01—.08 under a new chapter, COMAR 10.14.08 Professional and Volunteer Firefighter Innovative Cancer Screening Technologies Program, which was published in 47:3 Md. R. 200—203 (January 31, 2020), has been withdrawn by operation of law.

GAIL S. KLAKRING
Administrator
Division of State Documents

 

Title 13B
MARYLAND HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION

Subtitle 08 FINANCIAL AID

13B.08.10 Delegate Howard P. Rawlings Educational Excellence Awards Program

Authority: Education Article, §§11-105(u), 18-204(c), and 18-301—18-309, Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Withdrawal

[20-051-W]

Pursuant to State Government Article, §10-116(b), Annotated Code of Maryland, notice is given that the proposal to amend Regulation .02 under COMAR 13B.08.10 Delegate Howard P. Rawlings Educational Excellence Awards Program, which was published in 47:3 Md. R. 222 (January 31, 2020), has been withdrawn by operation of law.

GAIL S. KLAKRING
Administrator
Division of State Documents

 

Proposed Action on Regulations

 


Title 10
MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Subtitle 06 DISEASES

10.06.01 Communicable Diseases and Related Conditions of Public Health Importance

Authority: Health-General Article, §§2-104(b), 18-102, 18-103, 18-105,
18-208, and 24-107, Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Proposed Action

[21-037-P-I]

     The Secretary of Health proposes to amend Regulations .01, .01-1, and .13 under COMAR 10.06.01 Communicable Diseases and Related Conditions of Public Health Importance.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this action is to amend Regulations .01, .01-1, and .13 to:

(1) Update the previously incorporated Control of Communicable Diseases Manual to the Twentieth Edition;

(2) Incorporate by reference the Compendium of Measures to Control Chlamydia psittaci Infection Among Humans (Psittacosis) and Pet Birds (Avian Chlamydiosis), 2017 (The Association of Avian Veterinarians, 2017);

(3) Incorporate by reference the Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2017 (The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, 2017); and

(4) Incorporate by reference the Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control, 2016 (The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, 2016).

Comparison to Federal Standards

There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.

Estimate of Economic Impact

The proposed action has no economic impact.

Economic Impact on Small Businesses

The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.

Impact on Individuals with Disabilities

The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.

Opportunity for Public Comment

Comments may be sent to Annie Olle, Acting Director, Office of Regulation and Policy Coordination, Maryland Department of Health, 201 West Preston Street, Room 512, Baltimore, MD 21201, or call 410-767-6499 (TTY 800-735-2258), or email to mdh.regs@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-767-6483. Comments will be accepted through March 15, 2021. A public hearing has not been scheduled.

 

Editor’s Note on Incorporation by Reference

   Pursuant to State Government Article, §7-207, Annotated Code of Maryland, the following have been declared documents generally available to the public and appropriate for incorporation by reference:

        (1) Compendium of Measure to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2017 (The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, 2017);

        (2) Control of Communicable Diseases Manual (American Public Health Association, Twentieth Edition, 2015);

        (3) Compendium of Measures to Control Chlamydia psittaci Infection Among Humans (Psittacosis) and Pet Birds (Avian Chlamydiosis), 2017 (The Association of Avian Veterinarian, 2017); and

        (4) Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control, 2016 (The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarian, 2016).

   For this reason, they will not be printed in the Maryland Register or the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR). Copies of these documents are filed in special public depositories located throughout the State.  A list of these depositories was published in 48:1 Md. R. 7 (January 4, 2021), and is available online at www.dsd.state.md.us. These documents may also be inspected at the office of the Division of State Documents, 16 Francis Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. 

.01 Scope.

A.B. (text unchanged)

C. This chapter provides regulations for coordinated control efforts for communicable diseases and related conditions by the Department, local health officers, medical laboratory directors, physicians, veterinarians, and other Maryland governmental agencies, as guided by policy statements such as:

(1) (text unchanged)

(2) Recommendations of the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, including:

(a) The Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control, 2016;

(b) The Compendium of Measures to [control Chlamydophila] Control Chlamydia psittaci [infection] Infection Among Humans (Psittacosis) and Pet Birds (Avian Chlamydiosis), 2017; and

(c) The Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2017. 

.01-1 Incorporation by Reference.

[A.] In this chapter, the following [document is] documents are incorporated by reference[.]:

[B.] A. [Document Incorporated.] “Control of Communicable Diseases Manual [(Nineteenth Edition, 2008)”.] (American Public Health Association, Twentieth Edition, 2015);

B. Compendium of Measures to Control Chlamydia psittaci Infection Among Humans (Psittacosis) and Pet Birds (Avian Chlamydiosis), 2017 (The Association of Avian Veterinarians, 2017);

C. Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2017 (The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, 2017); and

D. Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control, 2016 (The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, 2016).

.13 Psittacosis.

A.—C. (text unchanged)

D. The Department recommends that the Compendium of Measures To Control [Chlamydophila] Chlamydia psittaci [infections among] Infection Among Humans (Psittacosis) and Pet Birds (Avian Chlamydiosis), 2017, by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, be followed for ill birds and birds that carry [diseases] psittacosis.

ROBERT R. NEALL
Secretary of Health

 

Subtitle 09 MEDICAL CARE PROGRAMS

10.09.02 Physicians’ Services

Authority: Health-General Article, §§2-104(b), 15-103, and 15-105, Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Proposed Action

[21-041-P-I]

The Secretary of Health proposes to amend Regulation .07 under COMAR 10.09.02 Physicians’ Services.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this action is to update the Maryland Medical Assistance Program Professional Service Provider Manual incorporated by reference in this regulation. Additionally, the

proposed action adds a reference to the Medical Laboratories Fee Schedule.

Comparison to Federal Standards

There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.

Estimate of Economic Impact

I. Summary of Economic Impact. The proposed action increases the reimbursement rates for evaluation and management (E&M) procedures below 93 percent of the Medicare rate to 93 percent effective July 1, 2020. The total impact for FY 2021 is $8,010,000.

 

 

Revenue (R+/R-)

 

II. Types of Economic Impact.

Expenditure

(E+/E-)

Magnitude

 


A. On issuing agency:

(E+)

$8,010,000

B. On other State agencies:

NONE

C. On local governments:

NONE

 

 

Benefit (+)
Cost (-)

Magnitude

 


D. On regulated industries or trade groups:

(+)

$8,010,000

E. On other industries or trade groups:

NONE

F. Direct and indirect effects on public:

NONE

III. Assumptions. (Identified by Impact Letter and Number from Section II.)

A. This amount assumes:

(1) An estimated $8,010,000 increase in total funds;

(2) The State’s (general funds) share of the increased expenditures is 37.84 percent, or $3,030,984; and

(3) The federal share is 62.16 percent, or $4,979,016.

D. This amount assumes physicians who render evaluation and management services will reap a collective benefit of $8,010,000 in increased reimbursement rates.

Economic Impact on Small Businesses

The proposed action has a meaningful economic impact on small businesses. An analysis of this economic impact follows.

Maryland Medicaid providers who qualify as small businesses and render evaluation and management services will incur a portion of the collective benefit of increase reimbursement rates.

Impact on Individuals with Disabilities

The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.

Opportunity for Public Comment

Comments may be sent to Annie Olle, Acting Director, Office of Regulation and Policy Coordination, Maryland Department of Health, 201 West Preston Street, Room 512, Baltimore, MD 21201, or call 410-767-6499 (TTY 800-735-2258), or email to mdh.regs@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-767-6483. Comments will be accepted through March 15, 2021. A public hearing has not been scheduled.

 

Editor’s Note on Incorporation by Reference

     Pursuant to State Government Article, §7-207, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Professional Services Provider Manual and Fee Schedule (Maryland Medical Assistance Program Effective January 1, 2017) has been declared a document generally available to the public and appropriate for incorporation by reference.  For this reason, it will not be printed in the Maryland Register or the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR).  Copies of this document are filed in special public depositories located throughout the State.  A list of these depositories was published in 48:1 Md. R. 7 (January 4, 2021), and is available online at www.dsd.state.md.us.  The document may also be inspected at the office of the Division of State Documents, 16 Francis Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. 

.07 Payment Procedures.

A.—C. (text unchanged)

D. The Maryland Medical Assistance Program’s procedures for payment are contained in the following documents, the provisions of which are incorporated by reference:

(1) [the] The Professional Services Provider Manual and Fee Schedule (Effective January [2019).] 2020); and

(2) [All the provisions of this document, unless specifically excepted, are incorporated by reference] The Medical Laboratories Fee Schedule pursuant to COMAR 10.09.09.07D.

E. The Department will pay for covered services at the lesser of:

(1) (text unchanged)

(2) The Department’s [fee schedule] fees in accordance with §D of this regulation.

F.—O. (text unchanged)

P. Reimbursement.

(1) (text unchanged)

(2) Reimbursement shall be according to all applicable provisions of COMAR 10.10.06 and fees established [under COMAR 10.09.02] according to §D of this regulation.

(3)—(4) (text unchanged)

Q. (text unchanged)

ROBERT R. NEALL
Secretary of Health

 

Subtitle 09 MEDICAL CARE PROGRAMS

10.09.09 Medical Laboratories

Authority: Health-General Article, §§2-104(b), 15-103, and 15-105, Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Proposed Action

[21-040-P-I]

The Secretary of Health proposes to amend Regulation .07 under COMAR 10.09.09 Medical Laboratories.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this action is to incorporate by reference the 2020 Medical Laboratory Fee Schedule (Effective March 2020).

Comparison to Federal Standards

There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.

Estimate of Economic Impact

The proposed action has no economic impact.

Economic Impact on Small Businesses

The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.

Impact on Individuals with Disabilities

The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.

Opportunity for Public Comment

Comments may be sent to Annie Olle, Acting Director, Office of Regulation and Policy Coordination, Maryland Department of Health, 201 West Preston Street, Room 512, Baltimore, MD 21201, or call 410-767-6499 (TTY 800-735-2258), or email to mdh.regs@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-767-6483. Comments will be accepted through March 15, 2021. A public hearing has not been scheduled.

Editor’s Note on Incorporation by Reference

     Pursuant to State Government Article, §7-207, Annotated Code of Maryland, the 2020 Medical Laboratory Fee Schedule (Effective March 2020) has been declared a document generally available to the public and appropriate for incorporation by reference.  For this reason, it will not be printed in the Maryland Register or the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR).  Copies of this document are filed in special public depositories located throughout the State.  A list of these depositories was published in 48:1 Md. R. 7 (January 4, 2021), and is available online at www.dsd.state.md.us.  The document may also be inspected at the office of the Division of State Documents, 16 Francis Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. 

.07 Payment Procedures.

A.—C. (text unchanged)

D. Providers are reimbursed according to [COMAR 10.09.02.07D] the 2020 Medical Laboratory Fee Schedule (Effective March 2020). All the provisions of this document are incorporated by reference.

E. The Department will pay for covered services the amount that is the lower of the following:

(1) (text unchanged)

(2) Department’s [fee schedule] maximum rates according to §D of this regulation.

F.—P. (text unchanged)

ROBERT R. NEALL
Secretary of Health

 

Subtitle 09 MEDICAL CARE PROGRAMS

10.09.76 School-Based Health Centers (SBHC)

Authority: Health-General Article, §§2-104(b), 15-103, and 15-105, Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Proposed Action

[21-042-P]

     The Secretary of Health proposes to amend Regulations .03 and .06 under COMAR 10.09.76 School-Based Health Centers (SBHC).

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this action is to add physicians and nurse practitioners as allowable school-based health center sponsoring agencies in accordance with Ch. 198 (H.B. 409), Acts of 2020, Maryland Medical Assistance Program — Participation of School-Based Health Centers — Regulations. Accordingly, the proposed action adds payment procedures for physicians and nurse practitioners billing as school-based health center sponsoring agencies.

Comparison to Federal Standards

There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.

Estimate of Economic Impact

I. Summary of Economic Impact. The economic impact of the proposed action in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 is indeterminable. To the extent it results in additional providers billing Medicaid for services provided at SBHCs, expenditures may increase by an indeterminable amount.

 

 

Revenue (R+/R-)

 

II. Types of Economic Impact.

Expenditure (E+/E-)

Magnitude

 


A. On issuing agency:

(E+)

Indeterminable

B. On other State agencies:

NONE

C. On local governments:

NONE

 

 

Benefit (+)
Cost (-)

Magnitude

 


D. On regulated industries or trade groups:

(+)

Indeterminable

E. On other industries or trade groups:

NONE

F. Direct and indirect effects on public:

NONE

III. Assumptions. (Identified by Impact Letter and Number from Section II.)

A. Presently, Maryland Medicaid regulations require an SBHC have a sponsoring agency agreement with an enrolled clinic to participate as a Maryland Medicaid SBHC. To comply with Ch. 198 (H.B. 409), Acts of 2020, the Department is amending its regulations to permit physician and nurse practitioners to be Maryland Medicaid SBHCs. The proposed action does not otherwise alter covered services, participant eligibility, or provider rates. However, to the extent it results in additional providers billing Medicaid for services provided at SBHCs, expenditures may increase by an indeterminable amount.

D. See A above.

Economic Impact on Small Businesses

The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.

Impact on Individuals with Disabilities

The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.

Opportunity for Public Comment

Comments may be sent to Annie Olle, Acting Director, Office of Regulation and Policy Coordination, Maryland Department of Health, 201 West Preston Street, Room 512, Baltimore, MD 21201, or call 410-767-6499 (TTY 800-735-2258), or email to mdh.regs@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-767-6483. Comments will be accepted through March 15, 2021. A public hearing has not been scheduled.

.03 Conditions for Participation.

A. General requirements for participation in the Program are that a provider shall meet the[:

(1) Conditions] conditions for participation as set forth in COMAR 10.09.36.03[; and

(2) General requirements for participation as a free-standing clinic as set forth in COMAR 10.09.08.03B].

B. [Specific requirements for participation in the Program as an SBHC are that] To participate as a Maryland Medicaid SBHC, a provider shall:

(1) (text unchanged)

(2) [Have a written agreement with one of the following enrolled sponsoring agencies:

(a) Local health department as defined in 45 CFR §164.501 (Public Health);

(b) Federally qualified health center as defined in 42 CFR §405.2400(b); or

(c) General clinic as defined in 42 CFR §440.90;] Meet conditions for participation as a:

(a) Free-standing clinic as set forth in COMAR 10.09.08.03B;

(b) Physician as set forth in COMAR 10.09.02.03; or

(c) Nurse practitioner as set forth in COMAR 10.09.01.03.

(3)—(10) (text unchanged)

C. (text unchanged)

.06 Reimbursement Methodology.

A.—B. (text unchanged)

C. Local health department clinics [or], general clinics, physicians, and nurse practitioners shall be paid the lesser of:

(1)—(2) (text unchanged)

[D. The Department shall reimburse an SBHC, sponsored by an FQHC, for services in accordance with COMAR 10.09.08.08.]

[E.] D. The Department shall reimburse an SBHC, sponsored by an LHD or general clinic, for[:

(1) Dental] dental services in accordance with COMAR 10.09.05.07[; and].

[(2)] E. The Department shall reimburse an SBHC, sponsored by an LHD, general clinic, nurse practitioner, or physician, for [Specialty] specialty behavioral health services in accordance with COMAR 10.21.25 and 10.09.80.08.

F. The Department shall reimburse an SBHC, sponsored by an FQHC, for services in accordance with COMAR 10.09.08.08.

ROBERT R. NEALL
Secretary of Health

 

Subtitle 09 MEDICAL CARE PROGRAMS

10.09.89 1915(i) Intensive Behavioral Health Services for Children, Youth, and Families

Authority: Health-General Article, §2-104(b), Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Proposed Action

[21-039-P]

     The Secretary of Health proposes to amend Regulations .02.04 and .09.12 under COMAR 10.09.89 1915(i) Intensive Behavioral Health Services for Children, Youth, and Families.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this action is to implement a 4 percent rate increase for 1915(i) Intensive Behavioral Health Services for Children, Youth, and Families program in accordance with the Fiscal Year 2021 State Budget. Additionally, the proposed action increases the financial eligibility limit for 1915(i) services from 150 percent Federal Poverty Line (FPL) to 300 percent FPL, as approved by CMS in State Plan Amendment MD-19-0004.

Comparison to Federal Standards

There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.

Estimate of Economic Impact

I. Summary of Economic Impact. The proposed action implements a 4 percent rate increase for 1915(i) services and expands financial eligibility for 1915(i) services from 150 percent of FPL to 300 percent of FPL. The total impact for FY 2021 is $46,616.48.

 

 

Revenue (R+/R-)

 

II. Types of Economic Impact.

Expenditure

(E+/E-)

Magnitude

 


A. On issuing agency:

(E+)

$46,616.48

B. On other State agencies:

NONE

C. On local governments:

NONE

 

 

Benefit (+)
Cost (-)

Magnitude

 


D. On regulated industries or trade groups:

(+)

$46,616.48

E. On other industries or trade groups:

NONE

F. Direct and indirect effects on public:

NONE

III. Assumptions. (Identified by Impact Letter and Number from Section II.)

A. This amount assumes:

(1) In FY 2021, the 1915(i) program will serve 52 children. This amount assumes FY 2019 actual utilization (37 participants) will continue and the financial eligibility expansion from 150 percent to 300 percent of FPL, as provided in the proposed action, will make eligible an additional 15 children presently receiving 1915(i) services through State-only funds.

(2) Total expenditure for 1915(i) services in FY 2020 is equal to total expenditure in FY 2019, plus a 3.5 percent rate increase.

(3) Total estimated expenditures for 1915(i) services in FY 2021 is equal to total expenditures in FY 2020, plus a 4 percent rate increase.

(4) Total impact for FY 2021 ($46,616.48) is the sum of the total impact of the rate increase on Medicaid expenditures for 1915(i) services ($4,039.37) and the total impact of the expansion of financial eligibility to 300 percent FPL ($42,577.12).

(5) This amount is subject to a 64.63 percent blended federal match ($30,128.23 federal funds, $16,488.25 general funds).

D. See A above.

Economic Impact on Small Businesses

The proposed action has a meaningful economic impact on small business. An analysis of this economic impact follows.

Small businesses that could be impacted by this proposal include 1915(i) providers enrolled with Medicaid and offering family peer support, community-based and out-of-home respite, intensive in-home services, and expressive and experiential behavioral services. 1915(i) providers will receive Medicaid reimbursement rates that are increased by 4 percent for all 1915(i) services. Financial eligibility has been expanded from 150 percent FPL to 300 percent FPL resulting in the possibility of more children served under the Waiver.

Impact on Individuals with Disabilities

The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.

 

Opportunity for Public Comment

Comments may be sent to Annie Olle, Acting Director, Office of Regulation and Policy Coordination, Maryland Department of Health, 201 West Preston Street, Room 512, Baltimore, MD 21201, or call 410-767-6499 (TTY 800-735-2258), or email to mdh.regs@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-767-6483. Comments will be accepted through March 15, 2021. A public hearing has not been scheduled.

.02 Definitions.

A. (text unchanged)

B. Terms Defined.

(1)—(16) (text unchanged)

(17) “Family peer support” means a service as described in Regulation [.10] .09 of this chapter.

(18) (text unchanged)

(19) “Family support organization (FSO)” means an approved entity under Regulation [.10D] .09D of this chapter.

(20)—(22) (text unchanged)

(23) “Medical Assistance Program” has the meaning stated in COMAR [10.09.36] 10.67.02.

(24)—(27) (text unchanged)

[(28) “Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ)” means the Office of Health Care Quality of the Maryland Department of Health.]

[(29)] (28) [(38)] (37) (text unchanged)

.03 Participant Eligibility.

A.—B. (text unchanged)

C. The applicant shall reside in a home- and community-based setting that is:

(1) (text unchanged)

(2) Not any of the following excluded settings:

(a) Therapeutic Group Home (TGH) licensed by the [Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ)] Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) under COMAR 10.21.07;

(b)—(d) (text unchanged)

D. (text unchanged)

E. The applicant shall:

(1) Have a face-to-face [psychiatric evaluation] psychosocial assessment completed or updated within 30 days of submission of the enrollment to the ASO that:

(a)—(c) (text unchanged)

(2) (text unchanged)

F.—G. (text unchanged)

H. Medical Assistance Eligibility.

(1) Categorically Needy. An applicant is eligible for 1915(i) services if the applicant is eligible for Medicaid or Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) in accordance with COMAR 10.09.11 or 10.09.24 and has a family income that does not exceed [150] 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Line (FPL).

(2) (text unchanged)

I.—L. (text unchanged)

.04 Termination of Participant Enrollment.

A. A participant shall be disenrolled from the 1915(i), as of the date established by the Department, if the participant:

(1)—(5) (text unchanged)

(6) Is admitted to and placed in a Therapeutic Group Home (TGH) licensed by [OHCQ] BHA under COMAR 10.21.07 or an adult residential program approved under COMAR 10.21.22;

(7)—(14) (text unchanged)

B. (text unchanged)

.09 Covered Services — Family Peer Support Services.

Family peer support services:

A.—E. (text unchanged)

F. Effective July 1, [2019] 2020, are reimbursed at the following rates:

(1) [$17.80] $18.51 per 15 minute unit for face-to-face services; or

(2) [$8.89] $9.25 per 15 minute unit for telephonic or other non- face-to-face activities.

.10 Covered Services — Respite Services.

Respite services:

A.—D. (text unchanged)

E. Effective July 1, [2019] 2020, are reimbursed at the following rates:

(1) [$28.04] $29.16 per 1-hour unit of service for community-based respite services; or

(2) [$222.28] $231.17 per unit of out-of-home respite care.

.11 Covered Services — Expressive and Experiential Behavioral Services.

A.—B. (text unchanged)

C. Reimbursement. Effective July 1, [2019] 2020, reimbursement for services described in this regulation shall be as follows:

(1) For individual therapy provided by a:

(a) Licensed mental health professional at a rate of:

(i) [$76.24] $79.29 per 45—50 minute session; or

(ii) [$99.88] $103.88 per 75—80 minute session;

(b) Non-licensed mental health professional at a rate of:

(i) [$69.31] $72.08 per 45-minute session; or

(ii) [$90.11] $93.71 per 75—80 minute session; and

(2) For group therapy provided by a:

(a) Licensed mental health professional at a rate of:

(i) [$30.31] $31.52 per 45—60 minute session; or

(ii) [$39.41] $40.99 per prolonged (75—90 minute) session;

(b) Non-licensed mental health professional at a rate of:

(i) [$26.93] $28.01 per 45—60 minute session; or

(ii) [$35.01] $36.41 per prolonged (75—90 minute) session.

.12 Covered Services — Intensive In-Home Services.

A.—E. (text unchanged)

F. Effective July 1, [2019] 2020, reimbursement for IIHS services shall be provided at the rate of:

(1) [$277.40] $288.50 per week of service for EBP-IIHS providers; or

(2) [$220.08] $228.88 per week of service for non-EBP IIHS providers.

ROBERT R. NEALL
Secretary of Health

 

Subtitle 13 DRUGS

10.13.04 Emergency Use Auto-Injectable Epinephrine Program [at Institutions of Higher Education]

Authority: Health-General Article, §§2-104 and 13-7A-03, Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Proposed Action

[21-036-P]

     The Secretary of Health proposes to amend Regulations .01—.03 under COMAR 10.13.04 Emergency Use Auto-Injectable Epinephrine Program.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this action is to align regulations with statute by expanding the eligibility to participate in the Program to all food service facilities.

Comparison to Federal Standards

There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.

Estimate of Economic Impact

The proposed action has no economic impact.

Economic Impact on Small Businesses

The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.

Impact on Individuals with Disabilities

The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.

Opportunity for Public Comment

Comments may be sent to Annie Olle, Acting Director, Office of Regulation and Policy Coordination, Maryland Department of Health, 201 West Preston Street, Room 512, Baltimore, MD 21201, or call 410-767-6499 (TTY 800-735-2258), or email to mdh.regs@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-767-6483. Comments will be accepted through March 15, 2021. A public hearing has not been scheduled.

.01 Scope.

This chapter applies to employees of [food service facilities or recreation and] food service, recreation, or wellness facilities on the premises of an institution of higher education as defined in Education Article, §10-101, Annotated Code of Maryland, and employees of food service facilities, as defined in COMAR 10.15.03, who voluntarily participate in the Program.

.02 Definitions.

A. (text unchanged)

B. Terms Defined.

(1) “Affiliated individual” means an individual who is 18 years old or older who has been designated in writing by [an eligible institution] a participating facility to serve either as a [school] health supervisor or as a certificate holder.

(2) “Agent” means an individual who:

(a) (text unchanged)

(b) Has successfully completed, at the expense of the [eligible institution] participating facility, an emergency epinephrine educational training program approved by the Department; and

(c) (text unchanged)

(3)—(5) (text unchanged)

(6) “Certificate for emergency epinephrine” means a certificate issued by the Maryland Department of Health to an individual employed or designated by [an eligible institution] a participating facility to obtain, store, and administer auto-injectable epinephrine.

(7)—(10) (text unchanged)

(11) [“School health]”Health supervisor” means an individual who:

(a) Provides health services for [an institution of higher education] a participating facility; and

(b) (text unchanged)

(12) “Participating facility” means a recreation or wellness facility at an eligible institution or a food service facility, including a food service facility at an eligible institution, in the State that voluntarily participates in the Program.

[(12)] (13) (text unchanged)

.03 Emergency Epinephrine.

A. An individual may apply, on a form prescribed by the Department, for a certificate for emergency epinephrine, which shall be valid for up to 1 year if the applicant:

(1) Is employed by a [food service facility or a recreation and wellness facility at an eligible institution] participating facility;

(2) (text unchanged)

(3) Has successfully completed, at the expense of the [eligible institution] participating facility, an emergency epinephrine educational training program approved by the Department.

B.—D. (text unchanged)

E. The Department shall:

(1)—(5) (text unchanged)

(6) On or before January 31 of each year, publish a report summarizing the information obtained from the reported uses of emergency auto-injectable epinephrine at [eligible institutions] participating facilities according to §L of this regulation.

F.—H. (text unchanged)

I. [An eligible institution] A participating facility:

(1) Shall ensure that there is a written plan for the emergency epinephrine program that:

(a) Is approved annually, in writing, by a [school] health supervisor;

(b) Is on file at the [eligible institution] participating facility and is available for inspection; and

(c) (text unchanged)

(2) Shall ensure that a certificate holder who is employed by, or a designated affiliated individual of, the [institution] participating facility complies with all provisions of this chapter;

(3)—(4) (text unchanged)

(5) May not obtain or store auto-injectable epinephrine unless the [eligible institution] participating facility has at least two certificate holders; and

(6) (text unchanged)

J.—K. (text unchanged)

L. [An eligible institution] A participating facility shall ensure that an incident that occurred on the premises of [a food service facility or recreation and wellness facility at an eligible institution] the facility that involved the administration of auto-injectable epinephrine by a certificate holder or agent is reported:

(1) Immediately to the [school] health supervisor and, in the case of a minor, to the minor’s parent or guardian; and

(2) (text unchanged)

ROBERT R. NEALL
Secretary of Health

 

Subtitle 60 BOARD OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS

Notice of Proposed Action

[21-035-P]

The Secretary of Health proposes to amend:

(1) Regulations .01 and .03—.05 under COMAR 10.60.01 General Regulations;

(2) Regulations .01 and .04 under COMAR 10.60.02 Licensing Procedures;

(3) Regulations .01—.03 under COMAR 10.60.03 Continuing Education; and

(4) Regulation .02 under COMAR 10.60.04 Rules of Procedure for Board Hearings.

This action was considered by the Board of Environmental Health Specialists at public meetings on September 4, 2019, February 5, 2020, June 3, 2020, and August 5, 2020, notice of which was given by publication on the Board’s website at https://health.maryland.gov/behs/Pages/default.aspx pursuant to General Provisions Article, §3–302(c), Annotated Code of Maryland.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this action is to:

(1) Provide authorization to an examination agency to administer the licensing exam, as well as generally relating to examination requirements;

(2) Add a waiver for the requirement to provide to the Board evidence of completion of training requirements within 90 calendar days in certain circumstances; and

(3) Make clarifying changes.

Comparison to Federal Standards

There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.

Estimate of Economic Impact

The proposed action has no economic impact.

Economic Impact on Small Businesses

The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.

Impact on Individuals with Disabilities

The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.

Opportunity for Public Comment

Comments may be sent to Annie Olle, Acting Director, Office of Regulation and Policy Coordination, Maryland Department of Health, 201 West Preston Street, Room 512, Baltimore, MD 21201, or call 410-767-6499 (TTY 800-735-2258), or email to mdh.regs@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-767-6483. Comments will be accepted through March 15, 2021. A public hearing has not been scheduled.

 

10.60.01 General Regulations

Authority: Health Occupations Article, §§21-101—21-502, Annotated Code of Maryland

.01 Definitions.

A. (text unchanged)

B. Terms Defined.

(1) “Accredited [college or university] educational institution” means [an educational institution] a college or university in the United States or an equivalent [approved by the Board] which has been accredited by an accrediting organization or agency that is recognized by the United States Department of Education.

(2)—(8) (text unchanged)

(9) “Environmental science degree” means a baccalaureate or [masters] master’s degree inclusive of sufficient course and lab work consistent with semester credits or equivalent in quarter credits in physical and biological sciences acceptable to the Board.

(10)—(11) (text unchanged) 

(12) “Internship” means an environmental health specialist-in-training program that:

(a) (text unchanged)

(b) Has been completed by an individual who has graduated from an accredited [college or university] educational institution with a master’s degree in public or environmental health.

(13) “Laboratory course” means a traditional on-site setting or virtual setting where an individual conducts practical experiments by either:

(a) Hands on; or

(b) Simulation relative to the subject area.

[(13)] (14)[(21)] (22) (text unchanged)

.03 Licensing and Examination.

A. (text unchanged)

B. An applicant is eligible to take the examination if the applicant has satisfied one of the following combinations of education and experience:

(1) Combination 1:

(a) Graduated from an accredited [college or university] educational institution with a baccalaureate degree in the chemical, physical, biological or environmental sciences including:

(i)—(ii) (text unchanged)

(b) (text unchanged)

(2) Combination 2:

(a) Graduated from an accredited [college or university] educational institution with a baccalaureate degree that includes:

(i)—(ii) (text unchanged)

(b) (text unchanged)

(3) Combination 3:

(a) Graduated from an accredited [college or university] educational institution with a master’s degree in public or environmental health science that includes:

(i)—(ii) (text unchanged)

(b) (text unchanged)

.04 Waivers.

A. The Board may waive any examination requirement under this chapter if:

(1) The Board considers the applicant to be recognized as outstanding in the field of environmental health as stated in COMAR [10.60.02.04G] 10.60.02.04L; or

(2) (text unchanged)

B. (text unchanged)

.05 Environmental Health Specialist-in-Training Program.

A. The purpose of an environmental health specialist-in-training program shall be to prepare the environmental health specialist-in-training to:

(1) (text unchanged)

(2) Demonstrate proficiency in all areas of public and environmental health on a written examination [administered] required by the Board.

B. At a minimum, an environmental health specialist-in-training program shall:

(1) (text unchanged)

(2) Provide the environmental health specialist-in-training with an opportunity for education and training in the:

(a) Areas identified in Regulation [.01B(19)] .01B(20) of this chapter; and

(b) (text unchanged)

C.—E. (text unchanged)

 

10.60.02 Licensing Procedures

Authority: Health Occupations Article, §§21-101—21-502, Annotated Code of Maryland

.01 Application Procedure.

A. (text unchanged)

B. Transcripts.

(1)—(2) (text unchanged)

(3) A graduate of [an educational institution] a college or university that is not an accredited [college or university] educational institution shall provide written documentation from an evaluation service, or other source acceptable to the Board, which:

(a) States that the institution’s program of study is substantially equivalent to that of accredited [colleges or universities] educational institutions; and

(b) (text unchanged)

C. (text unchanged)

.04 Examination.

A. The Board shall:

(1) [Offer written examinations at least 3 times a year] Authorize a recognized examination agency to administer the examination on behalf of the Board; [and] or

(2) [Post the examination dates on the Board’s website] Administer an examination prepared by a recognized examination agency.

B. The examination shall be [standardized]:

(1) Standardized and prepared by a recognized examination [service.] agency; and

(2) Held at least once a year.

C. The Board shall provide the:

(1) List of eligible applicants and their eligibility expiration date to an authorized examination agency;

(2) For applicants who have satisfied education and experience requirements set forth under COMAR 10.60.01.03, notice of eligibility to sit for the examination;

(3) Examination information for eligible applicants on the Board’s website;

(4) Results of the examination to the applicant; and

(5) For applicants who receive a passing score, instructions on securing a license.

D. The notice of eligibility to an applicant shall include the:

(1) Date the:

(a) Applicant is eligible to sit for the examination; and

(b) Eligibility to sit for the examination expires; and

(2) Procedure to:

(a) Register to sit for the examination;

(b) Pay the fee for examination; and

(c) Retake the examination.

E. The authorized examination agency shall:

(1) Collect the examination fee from the applicant; and

(2) Provide examination results to the Board.

[C.] F. Passing Score.

[(1)] The passing score for the examination shall be determined by the recognized examination [agencies] agency.

[(2) If an applicant who took the written examination before July 1, 2012 and obtained a score that is a passing score for a written examination given after July 1, 2012, the Board may issue a license to the applicant after July 1, 2012 if the applicant:

(a) Is in an approved environmental health specialist training program; and

(b) Meets all other licensing requirements.]

[D.] G. An applicant who has not previously taken the written examination is permitted to sit for an examination if the applicant has:

(1) [Met the education and experience requirements set forth in COMAR 10.60.01.03] Received a notice of eligibility from the Board; and

(2) [Submitted an application for examination to the Board at least 21 days before the examination date; and

(3)] Paid an examination fee as established by COMAR 10.60.06.

[E.] H. An applicant who fails the examination may [apply for reexamination] retake the examination if the applicant:

(1) Submits an application [in accordance with §D(2) and (3) of this regulation] on a form required by the Board; [or] and

(2) [Applies directly to the recognized examination service to take the on-line version of the examination] Pays any applicable examination fees.

I. An applicant, who receives an in-training certificate after January 1, 2022, may not sit for the examination after their in-training certificate expires.

J. The Board may not accept examination results unless all eligibility requirements set forth in this regulation are met.

[F.] K. (text unchanged)

[G.] L. To be recognized as outstanding in the field of environmental health by the Board, an applicant shall:

(1) (text unchanged)

(2) Be considered a subject matter expert by the Board in one or more of the following areas [covered by the Board]:

(a)—(k) (text unchanged)

(3) Demonstrate at least one of the following career pathways with a minimum of 15 years of progressive responsibilities with:

(a) [A demonstrated technical] Technical knowledge and experience, including obtaining a [Master’s] master’s or [Doctorate] doctoral degree in an environmental or public health-related area, wherein the time devoted to technical scientific research may be applied towards the minimum time criteria as follows:

(i) If obtaining a [Master’s] master’s degree, 1 year; or

(ii) If obtaining a [Doctorate] doctoral degree, 2 years;

(b) (text unchanged)

(c) A combination of [§G(3)(a)] §L(3)(a) or (b) of this regulation; and

(4) [Has demonstrated] Demonstrate and [documented] document involvement in an area listed in [§G(2)] §L(2) of this regulation, in at least one of the following activities:

(a)—(d) (text unchanged)

(e) Where applicable, received a professional license through a Maryland or other recognized licensure body in the [candidate’s] applicant’s field.

 

10.60.03 Continuing Education

Authority: Health Occupations Article, §§21-101—21-502, Annotated Code of Maryland

.01 Approval of Training.

A.—B. (text unchanged)

C. Board-approved training may consist of participation in any of the following:

(1) College-level or post-graduate course work given by an accredited [college or university] educational institution;

(2)—(6) (text unchanged)

D. [Approved Training Log.] The Board shall maintain a current list of all Board-approved training [that has been approved by the Board and that listing is to be called the Approved Training Log].

E. Assignment of Credit.

(1) (text unchanged)

(2) Approved training shall be credited to the license renewal period only if:

(a) (text unchanged)

(b) Evidence of completion is submitted to the Board within 90 calendar days of the date of completion of the training; and

(c) (text unchanged)

(3)—(4) (text unchanged)

(5) The requirement set forth under §E(2)(b) of this regulation does not apply to an individual who is on inactive status or non-renewed status who is seeking reactivation of a license.

(6) The Board may waive the requirement set forth under §E(2)(b) of this regulation if the Board determines that failure to submit evidence of completion to the Board within 90 calendar days of completion of the training is the result of unforeseen circumstances out of the licensee’s control.

F. (text unchanged)

.02 Proof of Training.

A. (text unchanged)

B. Proof of training consists of:

(1) Transcripts from an accredited educational institution attesting to the satisfactory completion of training;

(2)—(3) (text unchanged)

.03 Pre-Approved Providers and Courses.

A. Pre-Approved Providers.

(1) (text unchanged)

(2) The following are pre-approved providers:

(a) National, regional, or State accredited academic institutions offering academic courses programs recognized as acceptable environmental health specialist subject areas as defined by COMAR [10.60.01B(19)] 10.60.01.01B(20);

(b) State regional, national, or international, environmental health specialist associations offering educational programs recognized as acceptable environmental health specialist subject areas as defined by COMAR [10.60.01B(19)] 10.60.01.01B(20); and

(c) State, regional, national, or international non-environmental health specialist associations offering educational programs recognized as acceptable environmental health specialist subject areas as defined by COMAR [10.60.01B(19)] 10.60.01.01B(20).

B. (text unchanged)

 

10.60.04 Rules of Procedure for Board Hearings

Authority: Health Occupations Article, §§21-205, 21-312—21-315, and
21-401; State Government Article, §§10-201—10-226; Annotated Code of Maryland

.02 Definitions.

A. (text unchanged)

B. Terms Defined.

(1)—(17) (text unchanged)

(18) “Licensee” means an individual holding:

(a) An active license;

(b) A non-renewed license; or

(c) An inactive license.

[(18)] (19)—[(36)] (37) (text unchanged)

ROBERT R. NEALL
Secretary of Health

 

 

Errata

COMAR 09.03.02.08

At 48:3 Md. R. 97 (January 29, 2021), column 2, lines 32—57 from the top:

For: 

(h) “License” means any of the following:

(a) A license issued by the Board under Business Regulation Article, Title 7, Annotated Code of Maryland, to do business as a collection agency;

(b) A license issued by the Commissioner under Commercial Law Article, Title 14, Subtitle 19, Annotated Code of Maryland, to engage in the business of a credit services business;

(c) A license issued by the Commissioner under Financial Institutions Article, Title 11, Subtitle 2, Annotated Code of Maryland, to make loans under the Maryland Consumer Loan Law;

(d) A license issued by the Commissioner under Financial Institutions Article, Title 11, Subtitle 3, Annotated Code of Maryland, to make installment loans;

(e) A license issued by the Commissioner under Financial Institutions Article, Title 11, Subtitle 4, Annotated Code of Maryland, to engage in business as a sales finance company;

(f) A license issued by the Commissioner under Financial Institutions Article, Title 11, Subtitle 5, Annotated Code of Maryland, to engage in business as a mortgage lender;

(g) A license issued by the Commissioner under Financial Institutions Article, Title 12, Subtitle 1, Annotated Code of Maryland, to provide check cashing services;

(h) A license issued by the Commissioner under Financial Institutions Article, Title 12, Subtitle 4, Annotated Code of Maryland, to engage in the business of money transmission; or

(i) A license issued by the Commissioner under Financial

Read:

(h) “License” means any of the following:

(i) A license issued by the Board under Business Regulation Article, Title 7, Annotated Code of Maryland, to do business as a collection agency;

(ii) A license issued by the Commissioner under Commercial Law Article, Title 14, Subtitle 19, Annotated Code of Maryland, to engage in the business of a credit services business;

(iii) A license issued by the Commissioner under Financial Institutions Article, Title 11, Subtitle 2, Annotated Code of Maryland, to make loans under the Maryland Consumer Loan Law;

(iv) A license issued by the Commissioner under Financial Institutions Article, Title 11, Subtitle 3, Annotated Code of Maryland, to make installment loans;

(v) A license issued by the Commissioner under Financial Institutions Article, Title 11, Subtitle 4, Annotated Code of Maryland, to engage in business as a sales finance company;

(vi) A license issued by the Commissioner under Financial Institutions Article, Title 11, Subtitle 5, Annotated Code of Maryland, to engage in business as a mortgage lender;

(vii) A license issued by the Commissioner under Financial Institutions Article, Title 12, Subtitle 1, Annotated Code of Maryland, to provide check cashing services;

(viii) A license issued by the Commissioner under Financial Institutions Article, Title 12, Subtitle 4, Annotated Code of Maryland, to engage in the business of money transmission; or

(ix) A license issued by the Commissioner under Financial

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COMAR 09.10.01.07

At 48:2 Md. R. 56 (January 15, 2021), column 2, line 13 from the bottom:

For:        2020, at 12:30 p.m., at Laurel Park.

Read:      2021, at 12:30 p.m., at Laurel Park.

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COMAR 09.10.01.91

At 48:2 Md. R. 57 (January 15, 2021), column 1, line 27 from the bottom:

For:        2020, at 12:30 p.m., at Laurel Park.

Read:      2021, at 12:30 p.m., at Laurel Park.

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COMAR 09.10.02.62

At 48:2 Md. R. 58 (January 15, 2021), column 1, line 5 from the bottom:

For:        2020, at 12:30 p.m., at Laurel Park.

Read:      2021, at 12:30 p.m., at Laurel Park.

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COMAR Title 10

At 48:3 Md. R. 106 (January 29, 2021), column 1, line 23 from the top:

For:        accepted through March 1, 2020. A public hearing has not been

Read:      accepted through March 1, 2021. A public hearing has not been

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COMAR 10.09.18.07

At 48:3 Md. R. 104 (January 29, 2021), column 2, line 26 from the top:

For:        accepted through March 1, 2020. A public hearing has not been

Read:      accepted through March 1, 2021. A public hearing has not been

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COMAR 10.09.92.08

At 48:3 Md. R. 105 (January 29, 2021), column 1, line 5 from the bottom:

For:        accepted through March 1, 2020. A public hearing has not been

Read:      accepted through March 1, 2021. A public hearing has not been

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COMAR 12.04.01

At 47:22 Md. R. 955 (October 23, 2020), column 2, line 24 from the top:

For:        Authority: Public Safety Article, §§3-208-209, Annotated Code of Maryland

Read:     Authority: Public Safety Article, §§3-208 and 3-209, Annotated Code of Maryland

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General Notices

 

Notice of ADA Compliance

   The State of Maryland is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities are able to fully participate in public meetings.  Anyone planning to attend a meeting announced below who wishes to receive auxiliary aids, services, or accommodations is invited to contact the agency representative at least 48 hours in advance, at the telephone number listed in the notice or through Maryland Relay.

 

CHESAPEAKE BAY TRUST

Subject: Public Meeting

Date and Time: February 17, 2021, 3 — 6 p.m.

Place: Chesapeake By Trust, Annapolis, MD

Contact: Sarah Higgins (410) 974-2941

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MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH/OFFICE OF HEALTH SERVICES

Subject: Public Notice for Maryland Medicaid Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) SPA

Add’l. Info: In order to achieve compliance with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidance for §1006(b), the Maryland Department of Health (the Department) will make a technical change to its Medicaid State Plan for mandatory MAT services. Specifically, the Department will transfer Maryland Medicaid MAT services from the existing Other Diagnostic, Screening, Preventive and Rehabilitative Services benefit to the new mandatory MAT benefit, beginning October 1, 2020, and ending September 30, 2025.

These MAT services include opioid maintenance therapy provided by an opioid treatment program (OTP) and medication assisted treatment provided by a Behavioral Health Administration-certified or -licensed agency and prescribers who are licensed and approved to perform buprenorphine services. The Department’s proposed actions will have no impact on MAT services or reimbursement methodologies. The Department does not expect any fiscal impact as a result of these proposed changes.

For questions about this notice please contact Katia Fortune, by email at katia.fortune@maryland.gov.

Contact: Katia Fortune (410) 767-4267

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MARYLAND INSURANCE ADMINISTRATION

Subject: Public Meeting

Date and Time: May 4, 2021, 1:30 — 3:30 p.m.

Place: ZoomGov meeting — please see details below.

Add’l. Info: In preparation for the 2021 hurricane season, Maryland Insurance Commissioner Kathleen A. Birrane will hold a virtual meeting on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at 1:30 p.m.

Join the ZoomGov Meeting at:

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1603922168

Meeting ID: 160 392 2168

Dial by your location:

+1 669 254 5252 US (San Jose)

+1 646 828 7666 US (New York)

+1 551 285 1373 US (New Jersey)

+1 669 216 1590 US (San Jose)

833 568 8864 (US Toll-free)

Meeting ID: 160 392 2168

Find your local number:

https://www.zoomgov.com/u/adlEUPG0qJ

If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP to joy.hatchette@maryland.gov. If you have any questions, you may also contact Joy Hatchette at the same email address or at 410-468-2029.

Contact: Joy Hatchette (410) 468-2029

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MARYLAND HEALTH CARE COMMISSION

Subject: Formal Start of Review

Add’l. Info: The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) hereby gives notice of docketing of the following application for Certificate of Need:

University of Maryland Medical Center — Docket No. 20-24-2445

Expand capacity of its pediatric cardiac surgical and interventional service line by adding one special purpose hybrid operating room (“OR”) that will serve the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cardiac Program (the “UMMC Children’s Heart Program”). Proposed Cost: $9,555,000.

MHCC shall review the applications under Health-General Article, §19-101 et seq., Annotated Code of Maryland, COMAR 10.24.01, and the applicable State Health Plan standards.

Any affected person may make a written request to the Commission to receive copies of relevant notices concerning the application. All further notices of proceedings on the application will be sent only to affected persons who have registered as interested parties.

Persons desiring to become interested parties in the Commission’s review of the above-referenced application must meet the requirements of COMAR 10.24.01.01B(2) and (20) and must also submit written comments to the Commission no later than close of business March 15, 2021. These comments must state with particularity the State Health Plan standards or review criteria that you believe have not been met by the applicant as stated in COMAR 10.24.01.08F.

Please refer to the Docket Number listed above in any correspondence on the application. Copies of the application are available for review in the office of MHCC during regular business hours by appointment. All correspondence should be addressed to Paul E. Parker, Director, Center for Health Care Facilities Planning and Development, Maryland Health Care Commission, 4160 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21215.

Contact: Ruby Potter (410) 764-3276

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BOARD OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PRACTICE

Subject: Public Meeting

Date and Time: February 19, 2021, 9 a.m. — 12 p.m.

Place: Via Google Meet

Contact: Lauren Murray (410) 402-8556

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MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Subject: Public Hearing

Date and Time: March 1, 2021, 10 a.m.

Place: MDOT Headquarters, 7201 Corporate Center Dr., Hanover, MD

Add’l. Info: The Maryland Board of Airport Zoning Appeals (BAZA) will hold a hearing via teleconference Monday, March 1, 2021. The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. The public call-in number is +1 443-409-5228; Conference ID: 227 712 493#. The Board will hear the following case:

Docket Number 425

Anne Arundel County Public Schools is proposing to replace Rippling Woods Elementary School, located at 530 Nolfield Drive in Glen Burnie, Maryland. This location is approximately three miles southeast of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall), along the extended centerline of Runway 15R/33L. The proposed replacement structure is to be located within the 2014 65 Ldn Noise Zone for the BWI Marshall Airport. The proposed land use at this location is found to be incompatible with the certified Airport Noise Zone. The Maryland Airport Noise Control Program Regulations (COMAR 11.03.03) enables the proponent to seek a variance from the Board of Airport Zoning Appeals to this regulation. The petition for the case has been received from the appellant. Therefore, the Maryland Aviation Administration requests to present BAZA Case #425 to the Board of Airport Zoning Appeals Monday, March 1, 2021 at 10 a.m.

For additional information, please contact Deborah Mahoney-Fowler at 410-865-1233.

Appropriate auxiliary aids and services for qualified individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request. Please call 410-865-1233 (voice) or MD Relay (TTY Users).

Contact: Deborah Mahoney-Fowler (410) 865-1233

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BOARD OF WATERWORKS AND WASTE SYSTEMS OPERATORS

Subject: Public Meeting

Date and Time: February 18, 2021, 10 a.m. — 1 p.m.

Place: Via Google Hangouts

Add’l. Info: A portion of this meeting may be held in closed session. Access link on agenda posted to Board’s website: mde.maryland.gov/programs/permits/environmentalboards/pages/bww_meetings.aspx

Contact: Dee Settar (443) 677-9070

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BOARD OF WELL DRILLERS

Subject: Public Meeting

Date and Time: February 24, 2021, 9 a.m. — 1 p.m.

Place: Via Google Hangouts

Add’l. Info: A portion of this meeting may be held in closed session. Access link on agenda posted to Board’s website: mde.maryland.gov/programs/permits/environmentalboards/pages/meetings_of_theboard_ofwelldrillers.aspx

Contact: Duane Johnson (410)-537-4466

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WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COMMISSION

Subject: Public Meeting

Date and Time: February 25, 2021, 9:30 — 11 a.m.

Place: 10 E. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD

Add’l. Info: Portions of this meeting may be held in closed session.

Contact: Amy S. Lackington (410) 864-5300

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