Death With Dignity

House Bill 562 - Patients' Rights - Requires hospitals to provide patients with a patient's bill of rights, including the right to "respectful, compassionate care regardless of age, gender, race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability" and to "participate in decisions about the patient's care, including the right to refuse treatment."

 - Hearing 2/20/2018 at 1:00 p.m.House Health & Government Operations Committee

Health

Senate Bill 1011 - Protect Maryland Health Care Act of 2018 - Would replace the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate eliminated in the recent federal tax reform legislation with a Maryland health insurance down payment plan. The Health Insurance Down Payment Proposal would allow a tax payer who is faced with a fine for not having qualifying coverage at tax time to have the option for this fine to go toward their health insurance in the Maryland Health Exchange..

  - Hearing 2/21/2018 at 1:00 p.m. Senate Finance Committee

House Bill 1167 - Protect Maryland Health Care Act of 2018 - (see above for description).

 - Hearing 2/22/2018 at 1:00 p.m. House Health & Government Operations Committee

Gun Violence

Senate Bill 741 - Public Safety - Handgun Permit Review Board - Repeal - Would abolish the Handgun Permit Review Board which has been used to overrule the decisions of the State Police denying handgun carry permits.

 - Hearing 2/22/2018 at 1:00 p.m. Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee