Legislation / 2021 Bill Tracker

 For additional information, please contact MDRTL's Legislative Director,

Laura Bogley-Knickman, J.D. at legislation@mdrtl.org.   

MDRTL BILL AMEND OR OPPOSE 2021 Please Monitor for Updates Throughout Session
Please register and submit UNFAVORABLE written testimony at www.mgaleg.gov/mgawebsite
Bill/Chapter Title Sponsor Current Status Org Committees & Hearings Opposite Committee & Hearings
(Cross/Chapter)
HB0588 Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2022) Speaker In the House - First Reading Appropriations Appropriations Health and Government Operations
SB0041 (HB0132) Health – Mental and Emotional Disorders – Consent (Mental Health Access Initiative) Senator Augustine In the House - First Reading Health and Government Operations Finance
2/02/2021 - 1:00 PM Health and Government Operations
 
SB0084 (HB0135) Pharmacists – Administration of Self–Administered Medications and Maintenance Injectable Medications Senator Young In the House - First Reading Health and Government Operations Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
1/26/2021 - 1:00 PM Health and Government Operations
  Ways and Means
SB0278 (HB0034) State Department of Education and Maryland Department of Health - Maryland School-Based Health Center Standards - Telehealth Senator Kagan In the House - First Reading Health and Government Operations and Ways and Means Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs  
1/20/2021 - 3:00 PM  
 
HB0308 (SB0162) Courts – Civil Actions – Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation Delegate Rosenberg In the House - Hearing 1/15 at 1:30 p.m. Judiciary
1/15/2021 - 1:30 PM  
 
HB0235 Correctional Services - Pregnant Incarcerated Individuals - Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment Delegate Fisher, W. In the House - Hearing 1/26 at 1:30 p.m. Judiciary
1/26/2021 - 1:30 PM  
 
HB0123 (SB0003) Preserve Telehealth Access Act of 2021 Delegate Pena-Melnyk In the House - Hearing 1/27 at 1:30 p.m. Health and Government Operations
1/27/2021 - 1:30 PM  
 
HB0401 (SB0438) Public Schools - Pregnant and Parenting Students - Policies and Reports Delegate Guyton In the House - Hearing 1/27 at 1:30 p.m. Ways and Means
1/27/2021 - 1:30 PM  
 
HB0034 (SB0278) State Department of Education and Maryland Department of Health - Maryland School-Based Health Center Standards - Telehealth Delegate Rosenberg In the House - Hearing 1/27 at 1:30 p.m. (Health and Government Operations) Health and Government Operations
1/27/2021 - 1:30 PM
Ways and Means  
 
HB0551 (SB0393) Maryland Medical Assistance Program and Health Insurance – Coverage and Reimbursement of Telehealth Services Delegate Bagnall In the House - Hearing 2/10 at 1:30 p.m. Health and Government Operations
2/10/2021 - 1:30 PM  
 
HB0731 (SB0567) Telehealth Services – Expansion Speaker In the House - Hearing 2/10 at 1:30 p.m. Health and Government Operations
2/10/2021 - 1:30 PM  
 
HB0732 (SB0568) Health Care Practitioners - Telehealth - Out-of-State Health Care Practitioners Speaker In the House - Hearing 2/10 at 1:30 p.m. Health and Government Operations
2/10/2021 - 1:30 PM  
 
HB0132 (SB0041) Health – Mental and Emotional Disorders – Consent (Mental Health Access Initiative) Delegate Bagnall In the House - Hearing 2/16 at 1:30 p.m. Health and Government Operations
2/16/2021 - 1:30 PM  
 
HB0533 State Government – Prevention of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity and the Commission on Genocide Prevention Delegate Acevero In the House - Hearing 2/17 at 1:30 p.m. Health and Government Operations
2/17/2021 - 1:30 PM  
 
HB0810 (SB0706) Health Occupations - Pharmacists - Laboratory Tests Delegate Cullison In the House - Hearing 2/18 at 1:30 p.m. Health and Government Operations
2/18/2021 - 1:30 PM  
 
HB0758 (SB0684) Maryland Licensure of Certified Midwives Act Delegate Bagnall In the House - Hearing 2/24 at 1:30 p.m. Health and Government Operations
2/24/2021 - 1:30 PM  
 
HB1148 (SB0830) Secretary of Health – School–Based Health Centers – Guidelines and Administration of Grants Delegate Cullison In the House - Hearing 3/02 at 1:30 p.m. (Health and Government Operations) Health and Government Operations
3/02/2021 - 1:30 PM
Ways and Means  
 
HB0589 (SB0493) Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2021 Speaker In the House - Hearing 3/03 at 1:30 p.m. Appropriations
3/03/2021 - 1:30 PM  
 
HB1056 (SB0827) Nonpublic Schools - Adequate Health Services - Eligibility for Reimbursement Delegate Stein In the House - Hearing 3/03 at 1:30 p.m. Appropriations
3/03/2021 - 1:30 PM  
 
HB0396 (SB0279) Public Health - Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Services Program Delegate Pena-Melnyk In the House - Hearing 3/11 at 1:30 p.m. Health and Government Operations
3/11/2021 - 1:30 PM  
 
HB0470 (SB0522) Public Health - Commission on Universal Health Care Delegate Ruth In the House - Hearing 3/11 at 1:30 p.m. Health and Government Operations
3/11/2021 - 1:30 PM  
 
HB0534 Public Health - Healthy Maryland Program - Establishment Delegate Acevero In the House - Hearing 3/11 at 1:30 p.m. Health and Government Operations
3/11/2021 - 1:30 PM  
 
HB1349 (SB0777) Public Health – Maryland Prenatal and Infant Care Grant Program Fund Delegate Sample-Hughes In the House - Hearing 3/19 at 1:30 p.m. Health and Government Operations
3/19/2021 - 1:30 PM  
 
HB0999 (SB0331) Adoption - Access to Birth and Adoption Records and Search, Contact, and Reunion Services Delegate Griffith In the House - Hearing canceled Health and Government Operations  
HB0434 Public Health – Telehealth – Health Care Practitioners and the Maryland Medical Assistance Program Delegate Young, K. In the House - Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn Health and Government Operations  
SB0491 Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2022) President In the Senate - First Reading Budget and Taxation Budget and Taxation Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
HB0135 (SB0084) Pharmacists - Administration of Self-Administered Medications and Maintenance Injectable Medications Delegate Young, K. In the Senate - First Reading Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Health and Government Operations
1/20/2021 - 1:30 PM Finance
 
HB0107 (SB0499) Prohibition on Vending Machine Sales of Drugs and Medicines – Repeal Delegate Lewis, R. In the Senate - First Reading Finance Health and Government Operations
1/27/2021 - 1:30 PM  
 
SB0163 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Doulas Senator Ellis In the Senate - Hearing 1/26 at 1:00 p.m. Finance
1/26/2021 - 1:00 PM  
 
SB0279 (HB0396) Public Health – Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Services Program Senator Hettleman In the Senate - Hearing 1/26 at 1:00 p.m. Finance
1/26/2021 - 1:00 PM  
 
SB0331 (HB0999) Adoption - Access to Birth and Adoption Records and Search, Contact, and Reunion Services Senator Lee In the Senate - Hearing 1/26 at 1:00 p.m. Judicial Proceedings
1/26/2021 - 1:00 PM  
 
SB0393 (HB0551) Maryland Medical Assistance Program and Health Insurance - Coverage and Reimbursement of Telehealth Services Senator Augustine In the Senate - Hearing 1/27 at 1:00 p.m. Finance
1/27/2021 - 1:00 PM  
 
SB0162 (HB0308) Courts - Civil Actions - Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation Senator Hettleman In the Senate - Hearing 2/02 at 1:00 p.m. Judicial Proceedings
2/02/2021 - 1:00 PM  
 
SB0568 (HB0732) Health Care Practitioners – Telehealth – Out–of–State Health Care Practitioners President In the Senate - Hearing 2/16 at 1:00 p.m. Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
2/16/2021 - 1:00 PM  
 
SB0522 (HB0470) Public Health - Commission on Universal Health Care Senator Pinsky In the Senate - Hearing 2/17 at 1:00 p.m. Finance
2/17/2021 - 1:00 PM  
 
SB0567 (HB0731) Telehealth Services - Expansion President In the Senate - Hearing 2/17 at 1:00 p.m. Finance
2/17/2021 - 1:00 PM  
 
SB0777 (HB1349) Public Health - Maryland Prenatal and Infant Care Grant Program Fund Senator Elfreth In the Senate - Hearing 2/24 at 12:00 p.m. Budget and Taxation
2/24/2021 - 12:00 PM  
 
SB0438 (HB0401) Public Schools - Pregnant and Parenting Students - Policies and Reports Senator Washington In the Senate - Hearing 2/25 at 11:00 a.m. Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
2/25/2021 - 11:00 AM  
 
SB0684 (HB0758) Maryland Licensure of Certified Midwives Act Senator Lam In the Senate - Hearing 3/02 at 1:00 p.m. Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
3/02/2021 - 1:00 PM  
 
SB0706 (HB0810) Health Occupations – Pharmacists – Laboratory Tests Senator Feldman In the Senate - Hearing 3/02 at 1:00 p.m. Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
3/02/2021 - 1:00 PM  
 
SB0493 (HB0589) Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2021 President In the Senate - Hearing 3/03 at 1:00 p.m. Budget and Taxation
3/03/2021 - 1:00 PM  
 
SB0827 (HB1056) Nonpublic Schools – Adequate Health Services – Eligibility for Reimbursement Senator Waldstreicher In the Senate - Hearing 3/03 at 1:30 p.m. Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
3/03/2021 - 1:30 PM  
 
SB0830 (HB1148) Secretary of Health - School-Based Health Centers - Guidelines and Administration of Grants Senator Lam In the Senate - Hearing 3/11 at 1:00 p.m. Finance
3/11/2021 - 1:00 PM  
 
SB0003 (HB0123) Preserve Telehealth Access Act of 2021 Senator Griffith In the Senate - Second Reading Passed with Amendments Finance
1/27/2021 - 1:00 PM  
   
SB0499 (HB0107) Prohibition on Vending Machine Sales of Drugs and Medicines - Repeal Senator Lam In the Senate - Third Reading Passed (38-8) Finance  
2/18/2021 - 1:00 PM  
 
MDRTL BILL AMEND OR OPPOSE 2021 Please Monitor for Updates Throughout Session
You may register and submit UNFAVORABLE written testimony at www.mgaleg.gov/mgawebsite
Bill/Chapter Title Sponsor Current Status Org Committees & Hearings
(Cross/Chapter)
HB0375 (SB0211) Labor and Employment - Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program - Establishment (Time to Care Act of 2021) Delegate Valderrama In the House - First Reading Economic Matters Economic Matters
HB0434 Public Health – Telehealth – Health Care Practitioners and the Maryland Medical Assistance Program Delegate Young, K. In the House - First Reading Health and Government Operations Health and Government Operations
HB0442 Suicide Treatment Improvements Act Delegate Young, K. In the House - First Reading Health and Government Operations Health and Government Operations
HB0533 State Government – Prevention of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity and the Commission on Genocide Prevention Delegate Acevero In the House - First Reading Health and Government Operations Health and Government Operations
HB0235 Correctional Services - Pregnant Incarcerated Individuals - Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment Delegate Fisher, W. In the House - First Reading Judiciary Judiciary
HB0439 Institute for Innovation and Implementation - Pregnant, Expecting, and Parenting Students - Data Collection and Report Delegate Guyton In the House - First Reading Ways and Means Ways and Means
HB0078 (SB0052) Public Health - Maryland Commission on Health Equity (The Shirley Nathan-Pulliam Health Equity Act of 2021) Delegate Pena-Melnyk In the House - Hearing 1/26 at 1:30 p.m. Health and Government Operations
1/26/2021 - 1:30 PM
 
HB0123 (SB0003) Preserve Telehealth Access Act of 2021 Delegate Pena-Melnyk In the House - Hearing 1/27 at 1:30 p.m. Health and Government Operations
1/27/2021 - 1:30 PM
 
HB0401 Public Schools - Pregnant and Parenting Students - Policies and Reports Delegate Guyton In the House - Hearing 1/27 at 1:30 p.m. Ways and Means
1/27/2021 - 1:30 PM
 
HB0108 (SB0286) Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services – Modifications Delegate Charkoudian In the House - Hearing 2/02 at 1:30 p.m. Health and Government Operations
2/02/2021 - 1:30 PM
 
SB0085 (HB0015) Creating Governor's Office of Immigrant Affairs Senator Rosapepe In the Senate - First Reading Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs and Budget and Taxation Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
Budget and Taxation
 
SB0278 (HB0034) State Department of Education and Maryland Department of Health - Maryland School-Based Health Center Standards - Telehealth Senator Kagan In the Senate - Hearing 1/20 at 3:00 p.m. Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
1/20/2021 - 3:00 PM
 
SB0034 (HB0299) State Board of Physicians - Genetic Counselors - Licensing Senator Lam In the Senate - Hearing 1/26 at 1:00 p.m. Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
1/26/2021 - 1:00 PM
 
SB0163 Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Doulas Senator Ellis In the Senate - Hearing 1/26 at 1:00 p.m. Finance
1/26/2021 - 1:00 PM
 
SB0210 (HB0508) COVID-19 Claim - Civil Immunity Senator West In the Senate - Hearing 1/26 at 1:00 p.m. Judicial Proceedings
1/26/2021 - 1:00 PM
 
SB0003 (HB0123) Preserve Telehealth Access Act of 2021 Senator Griffith In the Senate - Hearing 1/27 at 1:00 p.m. Finance
1/27/2021 - 1:00 PM
 
SB0019 Economic Development – Biotechnology Investment Incentive Tax Credit Program – Alterations Chair, Budget and Taxation Committee In the Senate - Hearing 1/27 at 1:00 p.m. Budget and Taxation
1/27/2021 - 1:00 PM
 
SB0393 Maryland Medical Assistance Program and Health Insurance - Coverage and Reimbursement of Telehealth Services Senator Augustine In the Senate - Hearing 1/27 at 1:00 p.m. Finance
1/27/2021 - 1:00 PM
 
SB0094 Public Health – Local Health District Boards Senator Ellis In the Senate - Hearing 1/27 at 1:00 p.m. (Budget and Taxation) Budget and Taxation
1/27/2021 - 1:00 PM
Finance
 
SB0172 (HB0463) Maryland Health Equity Resource Act Senator Hayes In the Senate - Hearing 1/27 at 1:00 p.m. (Budget and Taxation) Budget and Taxation
1/27/2021 - 1:00 PM
Finance
 
SB0211 (HB0375) Labor and Employment - Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program - Establishment (Time to Care Act of 2021) Senator Hayes In the Senate - Hearing 1/28 at 1:00 p.m. Finance
1/28/2021 - 1:00 PM
 
SB0052 (HB0078) Public Health – Maryland Commission on Health Equity (The Shirley Nathan–Pulliam Health Equity Act of 2021) Senator Washington In the Senate - Hearing 2/02 at 1:00 p.m. Finance
2/02/2021 - 1:00 PM
 
SB0286 (HB0108) Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services – Modifications Senator Augustine In the Senate - Hearing 2/09 at 1:00 p.m. (Finance) Finance
2/09/2021 - 1:00 PM
Budget and Taxation
 
SB0299 Human Services - Trauma-Informed Care - Commission and Training Senator Carter In the Senate - Hearing 2/11 at 1:00 p.m. Finance
2/11/2021 - 1:00 PM
MDRTL BILL SUPPORT 2021 Please Monitor for Updates Throughout Session
You may register and submit FAVORABLE written testimony at www.mgaleg.gov/mgawebsite
Bill/Chapter Title Sponsor Current Status Org Committees & Hearings
(Cross/Chapter)
  Public Health – Federal and State Funding for Abortions – Prohibition and Exceptions Delegate Metzgar In the House - Hearing 2/17 at 1:30 p.m. Appropriations
2/17/2021 - 1:30 PM
 
HB0846 Public Health - Abortions - Prenatal Diagnosis of Down Syndrome (Down Syndrome Dignity Act) Delegate Cox In the House - Hearing 3/19 at 1:30 p.m. Health and Government Operations
3/19/2021 - 1:30 PM
 
HB0997 Equal Protection for Unborn Human Life Act Delegate Metzgar In the House - Hearing 3/19 at 1:30 p.m. Health and Government Operations
3/19/2021 - 1:30 PM
 
HB1109 Health - Abortion - Ultrasound and Waiting Period Delegate Ciliberti In the House - Hearing 3/19 at 1:30 p.m. Health and Government Operations
3/19/2021 - 1:30 PM
 
HB1112 (SB0891) Public Health - Maternal and Child Mortality - Review and Perinatal Hospice Services Delegate Wivell In the House - Hearing 3/19 at 1:30 p.m. Health and Government Operations
3/19/2021 - 1:30 PM
 
HB1167 Maryland Nondiscrimination in Health Care Coverage Act Delegate Cox In the House - Hearing 3/19 at 1:30 p.m. Health and Government Operations
3/19/2021 - 1:30 PM
 
HB1198 Public Health - Abortion - Drug-Induced Abortions Delegate Cox In the House - Hearing 3/19 at 1:30 p.m. Health and Government Operations
3/19/2021 - 1:30 PM
 
SB0423 (HB0834) Public Health - Federal and State Funding for Abortions - Prohibition and Exceptions Senator Salling In the Senate - Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m. Finance
3/10/2021 - 1:00 PM
 
SB0891 (HB1112) Public Health - Maternal and Child Mortality - Review and Perinatal Hospice Services Senator Carozza In the Senate - Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m. Finance
3/10/2021 - 1:00 PM

2021 Maryland General Assembly Activity 

Thank you for choosing MDRTL as your source for legislative information about life issues in Maryland. Our goal is to provide you with timely, accurate information.  This page will be updated continually as the session progresses and as the status of bills change.

MDRTL is the only single-issue pro-life lobbying organization in Maryland.  We retain a Legislative Director to monitor, take action upon, and lobby on behalf of those whose lives are threatened and cannot defend themselves.  MDRTL is currently monitoring or engaged in lobbying efforts on the following bills, which may impact the right to life in Maryland.  

Please watch this page for legislative updates and action alerts.  We will provide information to help you take an active role in the legislative process, which may include contacting elected officials or providing written or oral testimony.  

If you have questions and comments, please contact our Legislative Director at legislation@mdrtl.org.

(For a summary of seminal pro-life votes in prior General Assembly sessions, please refer to the right under "Roll Call Votes".)

2021 Maryland General Assembly Session

Below are previous legislative issues MDRTL is worked on in last year's General Assembly Session.  This page will be updated as analyses on new bills are completed, so please check back regularly to get the latest information.  Hearing dates and times are subject to change.  To read and track these and other session bills, visit the Maryland General Assembly HOMEPAGE .

Defeat of Anti-Life Legislation:

SB664 Abortion Amendment (Declaration of Rights - Right to Privacy) – WITHDRAWN.  Planned Parenthood is on the defensive following recent investigations and litigation that revealed that they engage in unethical and illegal practices that put profits before the health of women and children. In an attempt to defend their actions and protect their public funding, NARAL and Planned Parenthood are lobbying states across the country to create state "constitutional rights" to abortion. - enshrining abortion on demand, through birth and with guaranteed public funding. Federal and state courts have consistently held that a constitutional right to "privacy" includes a woman's right to have an abortion. A privacy amendment therefore would invalidate all existing health and safety statutes and regulations regarding abortion and bar any future attempts to pass lifesaving legislation such as partial birth abortion or dismemberment bans

*UPDATE - On 3/11/20, in a stunning turn of events, SB664 was WITHDRAWN by sponsor Susan Lee(D-Montgomery) from the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee minutes before the hearing was to take place. This was a direct response to a groundswell of opposition from the pro-life community. Over one hundred advocates gathered in Annapolis to defend the Maryland Constitution and the human rights it exists to protect. Spearheaded by MDRTL, members from pro-life organizations and churches across the state worked co-operatively to register a formidable witness panel in opposition to SB664. Partner organizations included Americans United for Life, American Center for Law & Justice, Democrats for Life and many, many more.  Withdrawal of the bill represents a victory for the preborn in Maryland.

SB701 Assisted Suicide Bill – IN COMMITTEE  The Oregon-based special interest group Compassion & Choices  once again introduced legislation that would legalize physician-assisted suicide (PAS) here in Maryland.  Maryland Right to Life (MDRTL) is working closely with a coalition to prevent adoption of this dangerous legislation. We need your help to tell the legislators that our citizens need their protection from commercialized suicide and healthcare rationing.  This bill was heard by the Judicial Proceeding Committee on 2/28/20 and they never voted to move the bill to the floor. Please continue to send messages to the committee to oppose PAS.  TAKE ACTION TO DEFEAT THIS BAD BILL NOW. 

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