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Domestic Partnership Insurance Hearing…

Here’s the details…

JANUARY 10, 2008

JOINT COMM ON ADMIN, EXECUTIVE, & LEGISLATIVE REVIEW

                                 3:00 P.M.        Joint Hearing Room
(NOT 3PM, but 2PM, See Time Correction Below!     Legislative Services Building

90 State Circle
Annapolis, MD

Subject: Public Hearing
Emergency/Proposed Regulations
MIA: Health Insurance - General: Domestic Partner Coverage:
COMAR 31.10.35.01 - .04

For those of you who remember, the hearing was magically postponed recently after traditional-marriage advocates got wind of it. There is evidently an attempt to do through regulation what could not get done by legislation, legalize a type of same-sex union not otherwise kosher. It could be “just fair, for insurance reasons”, or a foot in the door to what are oxymoronically called “gay marriages”. Even those leaning towards allowing it should be wary of the great cost it could make insuring Marylanders. What is to stop any unrelated couple from sharing an apartment and a small bank account, just to gain access to health care for a “domestic partner”?


TIME CORRECTION!! This just in…

JOINT COMM ON ADMIN, EXECUTIVE, & LEGISLATIVE REVIEW

                                 2:00 P.M.      Joint Hearing Room
Legislative Services Building
90 State Circle
Annapolis, MD

NOTE: Change in Time

Subject: Public Hearing
Emergency/Proposed Regulations
MIA: Health Insurance - General: Domestic Partner Coverage:
COMAR 31.10.35.01-.04

Who is on this Committee, and what do they do?

From the Maryland Manual...

JOINT COMMITTEE ON ADMINISTRATIVE,
EXECUTIVE & LEGISLATIVE REVIEW

Paul G. Pinsky, Senate Chair (chosen by Senate President) (410) 841-3155, (301) 858-3155
Anne Healey, House Chair (chosen by House Speaker) (410) 841-3961, (301) 858-3961

Staff: Netsanet Kibret; Marie H. Razulis

c/o Department of Legislative Services
Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 946-5350, (301) 970-5350


The Committee reviews State agency regulations with regard to the legislative prerogative and procedural due process. The Committee also may inquire into any failure of a State government officer or employee to comply with Maryland statutory or constitutional law. Further, the Committee sits as a legislative advisory board for the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR).

Copies of all regulations of each State agency are received by the Committee. Unless submitted to the Committee, certain regulations or standards may be invalid (Code State Government Article, secs. 10-101 through 10-139). The Committee also is required to receive emergency energy executive orders promulgated by the Governor (Chapter 1, Acts of 2nd Special Session of 1973). This legislative authority has been updated annually.

The Committee is composed of ten senators and ten delegates who are appointed by the Senate President and the House Speaker at the beginning of each regular session. Members serve for one year. The chair and vice-chair alternate each year between the two houses. Representation of each political party is approximately in the same proportion as its membership in each house (Code State Government Article, secs. 2-501 through 2-507).


Crossposted on Maryland Chesapeake Blog by Chester Peake.






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