Consumer Protection

Bills CommitteeLast actionDate
HB 330 - Watts - Nursing homes & certified nursing facilities; minimum staffing standards, administrative sanctions. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions(H) Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions11/22/22
notes: Requires nursing homes to meet a baseline staffing level based on resident acuity in alignment with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services staffing level recommendations. The bill requires nursing homes to collect and submit to the Department of Health certain data related to staffing. The bill gives the Commissioner of Health the power to impose administrative sanctions on nursing homes and directs the Board of Health to promulgate regulations related to the criteria and procedures for imposition of administrative sanctions or initiation of court proceedings for violations of the bill. The bill provides that nursing homes shall only be subject to administrative sanctions upon initial funding for the state share of the cost to implement the provisions of the bill. The bill establishes the Long-Term Care Services Fund for the purpose of making grants to assist in the provision of activities that protect or improve the quality of care or quality of life for residents, patients, and consumers of long-term care services.
HB 713 - Keam - Family abuse; coercive control, penalty. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice(H) Left in Courts of Justice11/22/22
notes: Makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for a person to engage in coercive control, defined in the bill, of a family or household member. The bill also includes coercive control in the definition of "family abuse" used for the basis of the issuance of family abuse protective orders.
HB 1374 - Taylor - Civil action for trafficking in persons; charge or conviction not required. (H)  Referral Pending(H) Committee Referral Pending10/13/22
notes: Provides that a person may maintain a civil action against an individual for trafficking in persons whether or not an individual has been charged with or convicted of certain alleged violations.
SB 757 - Lewis - Fraud-related crimes; penalties. (S) Committee on the Judiciary(S) Left in Judiciary11/21/22
notes: Creates felony offenses for crimes related to wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud, and health care fraud, each described in the bill, punishable by a term of imprisonment of not less than one nor more than 20 years.