COVID-19/Emergency Preparedness

Legislation/IssuesSynopsisResourcesNew This Week/Upcoming Dates
SB 67 (HB 1313) - Emergency Medical Services - Paramedics - Vaccination Administration Authorizing a paramedic to administer certain immunizations and skin testing to certain ambulance service personnel under certain circumstances; authorizing a paramedic to administer influenza and 2019CoV immunizations if the immunizations are under the direction of a certain physician and authorized by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, part of a certain outreach effort, and provided in accordance with a certain written agreement; etc. SB 67

HB 1313

HB 1313- Emergency Medical Services- Paramedics- Vaccination Administration- Support with Amendments.pdf (3-2)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 799 (5/30)

Hearing 2/23 at 1:30 p.m. (2/11)
SB 68 - Maryland Department of Emergency Management - Establishment Renaming the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to be the Maryland Department of Emergency Management; establishing the Department as a principal department of the Executive Branch of State government; providing that the head of the Department is the Secretary of Emergency Management; requiring the Secretary to be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate; specifying that the Department is the successor of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency; etc. SB 68

Hearing 1/28 at 11:00 a.m. (Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs) (1/6)
SB 94 - Public Health - Local Health District Boards Establishing local health district boards in each local health planning agency; prohibiting certain funding for local health district boards from being included in certain local health services funding; requiring a local health planning agency to provide supplemental services approved by a local health district board; providing that local health district boards are independent units that operate within the local health planning agencies; providing for the purpose and duties of a local health district board; etc. SB 94

Hearing 1/27 at 1:00 p.m. (Budget and Taxation) (1/11)
SB 210 (HB 508) - COVID-19 Claim - Civil Immunity Providing civil immunity from liability for a COVID-19 claim to a person who acts in compliance with certain statutes, rules, regulations, executive orders, and agency orders, unless the person acted with gross negligence or intentional wrongdoing; providing that certain deviations from certain statutes, rules, regulations, executive orders, and agency orders does not deny a person civil immunity provided for under the Act; limiting the effect of the civil immunity provided for under the Act; etc. SB 210

HB 508

Hearing 1/26 at 1:00 p.m. (12/28)

Hearing 2/03 at 1:30 p.m. (1/26)
SB 486 (HB 581) - Labor and Employment - Employment Standards During an Emergency (Maryland Essential Workers' Protection Act) Requiring an essential employer to give a written statement regarding certain hazard pay paid to certain essential workers at certain intervals; requiring an essential employer to take certain actions related to occupational safety and health during an emergency; authorizing an essential worker to refuse to fulfill a certain responsibility under certain circumstances; prohibiting an essential employer from retaliating or taking other adverse action against an essential worker or other worker for certain actions; etc. SB 486

HB 581

SB 486- Essential Workers Protection- Oppose.pdf (2-11)

HB 581- Essential Workers Protection Act.pdf (2-11)

Hearing 2/11 at 1:00 p.m. (1/26)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 736 (5/30)
SB 496 (HB 612) - Recovery for the Economy, Livelihoods, Industries, Entrepreneurs, and Families (RELIEF) Act Providing certain financing during fiscal years 2021 and 2022 for the purpose of relieving the adverse effects of the coronavirus pandemic; allowing, for certain taxable years, a subtraction under the Maryland income tax for certain unemployment insurance benefits; allowing, for certain taxable years, a subtraction under the Maryland income tax for certain coronavirus relief payments received by a person during the taxable year; etc. SB 496

HB 612

Approved by the Governor - Chapter 39 (2/15)

Hearing 2/04 at 1:30 p.m. (Ways and Means) (1/21)
SB 563 (HB 1123) - Local Health Departments - Funding Specifying the amount of funding required to be included in the State budget for local health services for certain fiscal years; altering the purposes for which local health department funding may be used to include protective equipment for certain health care personnel and materials appropriate to prepare for potential communicable disease emergencies; requiring the Maryland Department of Health to conduct a certain evaluation by December 1, 2021; requiring the Department to submit a certain report by December 15, 2021; etc. SB 563

HB 1123

SB 563- Local Health Departments- Funding- Letter of Support.pdf (3-2)

HB 1123- Local Health Departments- Funding- Letter of Support.pdf (3-2)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 805 (5/30)

Hearing 2/25 at 1:30 p.m. (2/11)
SB 570 (HB 737) - Emergency Services - Exposure to Contagious Diseases and Viruses - Notification and Other Requirements Altering the definition of "contagious disease or virus" for the purposes of certain provisions of law governing the notification of a possible exposure of certain emergency services personnel to include 2019-nCoV; extending certain notification requirements regarding possible exposure to a contagious disease or virus to certain emergency medical services clinicians; requiring that certain emergency medical services clinicians receive certain training and certain equipment; etc. SB 570

HB 737

Referred Health and Government Operations (3/3)

Hearing 2/23 at 1:30 p.m. (2/4)
SB 725 (HB 1247) - Workers’ Compensation - Occupational Disease Presumptions - COVID-19 Providing that certain covered employees who are suffering from the effects of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 are presumed, under certain circumstances, to have an occupational disease that was suffered in the line of duty or course of employment and is compensable in a certain manner. SB 725

HB 1247

Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m. (2/10)

Hearing 3/02 at 1:30 p.m. (2/9)
SB 728 (HB 923) - Labor and Employment - Worker Safety and Health - Injury and Illness Prevention Program Requiring employers with 10 or more employees, or whose rate of work-related injury and illness exceeds the average incidence rate of all industries in the State to develop and implement a health and safety committee to promote health and safety in the workplace; providing for the membership, meetings, and duties of the committee; requiring that the committee maintain certain records and retain the records for a certain period of time; requiring each employer to establish and maintain an injury and illness prevention program; etc. SB 728

HB 923

SB 728- Labor and Employment- Worker Safety and Health- Injury and Illness Prevention Program- Letter of Concern.pdf (3-10)

HB 923- Labor and Employment- Worker Safety and Health- Injury and Illness Prevention Program- Letter of Concern.pdf (3-8)

Hearing 3/17 at 1:00 p.m. (2/19)

Hearing 3/05 at 1:30 p.m. (2/9)
SB 736 (HB 1040) - Health Occupations - Pharmacists - Administration of Children's Vaccines - Study and Temporary Authority Authorizing a pharmacist, from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023, inclusive, to administer vaccinations to an individual who is at least 3 years old but under the age of 18 years if certain requirements are met; requiring the Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, in consultation with the State Board of Pharmacy, to report to certain committees of the General Assembly by December 1, 2021, certain information the Administration considers relevant to setting policies on the administration of vaccines to children by pharmacists; etc. SB 736

HB 1040

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 793 (5/30)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 792 (5/30)
SB 741 (HB 836) - COVID-19 Testing, Contact Tracing, and Vaccination Act of 2021 Requiring, on or before June 1, 2021, the Maryland Department of Health, in collaboration with local health departments of the State and the Maryland State Department of Education, to adopt and implement a 2-year plan to respond to the outbreak of COVID-19; requiring the plan to address the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on underserved and minority communities in the State; establishing the Maryland Public Health Modernization Workgroup to assess the current public health infrastructure and resources in the State; etc. SB 741

HB 836

SB 741 - COVID-19 Testing Contact Tracing and Vaccination Act of 2021- Support.pdf (3-2)

Vetoed by the Governor (Policy) (5/28)

Vetoed by the Governor (Policy) (5/28)
SB 756 - Workers’ Compensation - Occupational Disease Presumptions - COVID-19 Providing that certain covered employees who are suffering from the effects of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 are presumed, under certain circumstances, to have an occupational disease that was suffered in the line of duty or course of employment and is compensable in a certain manner; requiring an individual who is eligible for benefits under certain provisions of the Act to provide a copy of a certain test or written documentation to the employer or insurer; applying the Act retroactively; etc. SB 756

SB 756 - Workers' Compensation - Occupational Disease Presumptions - COVID-19 - oppose.pdf (3-8)

Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m. (2/10)
SB 780 (HB 1003) - States of Emergency - Emergency Procurement and Budget Amendments - Notice and Authorization Requiring the Governor or the head of a certain unit to provide certain notice to the Legislative Policy Committee within 72 hours after the earlier of the execution of the contract or the expenditure of the funds when authorizing a certain emergency procurement during a state of emergency under certain circumstances; requiring the Governor or the head of a certain unit to provide a copy of a certain procurement contract to the Committee under certain circumstances; authorizing the Committee to request a certain audit; etc. SB 780

HB 1003

Vetoed by the Governor (Policy) (5/28)

Vetoed by the Governor (Policy) (5/28)
SB 808 - Health Occupations - Licensed Dentists - Administration of Vaccines Authorizing a licensed dentist to administer certain vaccines to certain individuals under certain circumstances; authorizing the State Board of Dental Examiners to adopt certain regulations regarding the administration of vaccines; requiring a licensed dentist who administers a vaccine to administer the vaccine under a certain protocol and report the vaccination to the ImmuNet Program; requiring a licensed dentist, before administering certain vaccines, to complete a certain Board-approved course; etc. SB 808

Hearing 3/02 at 1:00 p.m. (2/12)
SB 812 - Workers' Compensation - Occupational Disease Presumptions - COVID-19 Providing that certain covered employees who are suffering from the effects of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 are presumed, under certain circumstances, to have an occupational disease that was suffered in the line of duty or course of employment and is compensable in a certain manner; requiring an individual who is eligible for benefits under certain provisions of the Act to provide a copy of a certain test or certain written documentation to the employer or insurer; etc. SB 812

SB 812 - Workers' Compensation - Occupational Disease Presumptions - COVID-19 - oppose.pdf (3-8)

Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m. (2/10)
SB 813 (HB 1199) - Workers' Compensation - Occupational Disease Presumptions - COVID-19 Providing that certain covered employees who are suffering from the effects of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 are presumed, under certain circumstances, to have an occupational disease the was suffered in the line of duty or course of employment and is compensable in a certain manner; requiring an individual who is eligible for certain benefits to provide a copy of the positive test or written documentation confirming the diagnosis to the employer or insurer; etc. SB 813

HB 1199

SB 813 - Workers' Compensation - Occupational Disease Presumptions - COVID-19 - oppose.pdf (3-8)

HB 1199- Worker’s Compensation – Occupational Disease Presumptions – Novel Coronavirus (Essential Workers’ Compensation Act)- Oppose.pdf (3-2)

Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m. (2/10)

Hearing 3/02 at 1:30 p.m. (2/9)
SB 829 (HB 1091) - State Procurement - Emergency and Expedited Procurements - Revisions and Reporting Requiring the Special Secretary of the Office of Small, Minority, and Women Business Affairs, in consultation with the Secretary of Transportation and the Attorney General, to establish guidelines for each unit to consider when determining the appropriate minority business enterprise participation percentage goal and outreach for an emergency procurement contract; requiring a unit's procurement officer to obtain a certain approval before making an emergency procurement; specifying when a unit is required to publish a certain notice; etc. SB 829

HB 1091

Vetoed by the Governor (Policy) (5/28)

Vetoed by the Governor (Policy) (5/28)
SB 860 - Workers' Compensation - COVID-19 Occupational Disease Presumption - Public School Employees Establishing that, under certain circumstances, public elementary and secondary school employees in the State are presumed to have an occupational disease that is compensable under workers' compensation law after a certain positive test or diagnosis for COVID-19; providing that a certain presumption may be rebutted with certain evidence; and terminating the Act after July 31, 2022. SB 860

Hearing 3/09 at 1:00 p.m. (2/10)
SB 893 - Unemployment - Insurance Revisions and Special Enrollment Period for Health Benefits Requiring the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange to open a special or other enrollment period for an individual who consents to share information through a certain system; establishing certain requirements for a certain enrollment period; authorizing the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange to conduct outreach to an individual who consents to share information using certain methods; requiring the Maryland Department of Labor to take certain actions to carry out the State's unemployment insurance law; etc. SB 893

SB 893 – Unemployment Insurance – Revisions and Required Study- Letter of Support.pdf (3-2)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(b) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 65 (4/13)
SB 896 - Workgroup on the COVID-19 Crisis Economic Recovery Establishing the Workgroup on the COVID-19 Economic Recovery; providing for the composition, chair, and staffing of the Workgroup; requiring the Workgroup to study and make recommendations regarding the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic; requiring the Workgroup to submit an interim report to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before December 31, 2021 and a final report on or before December 31, 2022; etc. SB 896

Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m. (Finance) (2/11)
HB 765 - Workers’ Compensation - Occupational Disease Presumptions - Novel Coronavirus (Essential Workers’ Compensation Act) Providing that certain firefighters, rescue squad members, advance life support unit members, police officers, sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, correctional officers, and certain health care workers and child care workers, who are suffering from the effects of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 are presumed, under certain circumstances, to have an occupational disease that was suffered in the line of duty or course of employment and is compensable in a certain manner; etc. HB 765

HB 765- Worker’s Compensation – Occupational Disease Presumptions – Novel Coronavirus (Essential Workers’ Compensation Act)- Oppose.pdf (3-2)

Withdrawn by Sponsor (3/3)
HB 850 - Higher Education - Maryland Corps Program Fund - COVID-19 Emergency Funding Priorities Requiring, in fiscal years 2022 and 2023, the Board of Directors of the Maryland Corps Program to give priority to, when awarding Program funds, certain Program participants who serve with certain nonprofit corporations or government agencies that provide certain COVID-19 related services; and providing that if certain funding becomes available from the federal government it is the intent of the General Assembly that the funding be deposited in the Maryland Corps Program Fund. HB 850

HB 850 Higher Education- Maryland Corps Program Fund- COVID-19 Emergency Funding Priorities- Letter of Suport.pdf (3-8)

Hearing 3/30 at 1:00 p.m. (3/24)
HB 1043 - Local Health Services - Funding and Infrastructure Requiring, for fiscal year 2023, the Governor to include at least $67,000,000 in the annual budget bill for local health services; requiring, for fiscal year 2024 and each fiscal year thereafter, the Governor to include a certain appropriation in the annual budget bill for local health services; requiring the Maryland Department of Health, in consultation with the State designated health information exchange, to develop a certain plan to provide local health departments with uniform software for certain purposes; etc. HB 1043

HB 1043- Local Health Services- Funding and Infrastructure- Letter of Support.pdf (3-17)

Hearing 3/16 at 1:30 p.m. (2/25)
HB 1045 - Labor and Employment - Elective Medical Procedures - Employee Protections Prohibiting an employer from requiring an employee to undergo a certain medical procedure unless the procedure would have a substantial effect on the employee's capacity or fitness to perform the job properly; and prohibiting an employer from taking a retaliatory action against an employee who declines to undergo a certain medical procedure. HB 1045

Hearing 3/05 at 1:30 p.m. (2/9)
HB 1106 - Civil Actions - Immunity From Liability - COVID-19 Exposure Providing that an owner, lessee, or tenant of a premises is immune from civil liability for injury or death relating to the exposure of others on the premises to COVID-19 so long as the owner, lessee, or tenant, or an agent of the owner, lessee, or tenant, was following and enforcing local, State, and federal guidelines in effect at the time of the exposure or alleged exposure; and providing for the retroactive application of the Act. HB 1106

Hearing 3/03 at 1:30 p.m. (2/5)
HB 1171 - Labor and Employment - Maryland Employee Protection Plan for Vaccine Refusal Prohibiting an employer from terminating an employee solely on the basis of the employee's refusal to receive a vaccination against COVID-19; specifying that an employee waives the right to file a civil action against the employer if the employee refuses to receive a certain vaccination and the employee contracts COVID-19 in the course of employment; etc. HB 1171

HB 1171 Maryland Employee Protection Plan for Vaccine Refusal- Letter of Concern.pdf (3-8)

Hearing 3/09 at 1:30 p.m. (2/9)
HB 1202 - Hospitals and Birth Centers - COVID-19 Visitation Policies - Doulas Requiring that a doula be authorized to be present with a woman during labor, delivery, and postpartum recovery under certain circumstances; prohibiting a doula from being considered a support person or visitor under certain circumstances; making the Act and emergency measure; and terminating the Act at the end of July 31, 2023. HB 1202

HB 1202- Hospitals and Birth Centers - COVID-19 Visitation Policies - Doulas- Letter of Concern.pdf (3-8)

Hearing 3/09 at 1:30 p.m. (2/11)
HB 1263 - Maryland Department of Health - COVID-19 Vaccination Plan Requiring the Maryland Department of Health, on or before April 1, 2021, and with input from certain persons, to develop and submit to the General Assembly a certain plan for vaccinating residents of the State against COVID-19; requiring that the plan include certain information, a dedication of time and recourse for certain purposes, and a certain education campaign; requiring the Department to provide to the General Assembly, for the duration of calendar year 2021, certain weekly progress reports on implementation of the plan; etc. HB 1263

Hearing 2/23 at 1:30 p.m. (2/11)
HB 1276 - Maryland Emergency Management Agency - Emergency Planning and Management Cultural Competency - Study Requiring the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to study and make recommendations on best practices and model policies, including those addressing emergency responder training, for the culturally sensitive inclusion of minority communities in State and local emergency plans and management; requiring MEMA to conduct a survey of State and local emergency management plans to ascertain certain current emergency planning strategies; requiring MEMA to review certain emergency management plans; etc. HB 1276

Hearing 3/10 at 1:30 p.m. (2/12)