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HB 1133 Department of Legislative Services Maryland General Assembly 2002 Session FISCAL NOTE House Bill 1133 (Delegate Finifter) Environmental Matters Maryland Genetic Counselors Act This bill provides for the regulation of genetic counselors by a State Board of Genetic Counselors within the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The bill specifies the board’s duties and requires individuals to be licensed genetic counselors before they may conduct genetic testing in the State. Fiscal Summary State Effect: General fund revenues increase by $10,800 in FY 2003. Out-year revenues increase to account for certification of new counselors and certification of provisional licensees. General fund expenditures increase by $123,000 in FY 2003. Out- year expenditures include annualization and inflation. (in dollars) FY 2003 FY 2004 FY 2005 FY 2006 FY 2007 GF Revenue $10,800 $10,300 $10,300 $14,600 $14,900 GF Expenditure 123,000 152,000 155,800 159,800 164,100 Net Effect ($112,200) ($141,700) ($145,500) ($145,200) ($149,200) Note:() = decrease; GF = general funds; FF = federal funds; SF = special funds; - = indeterminate effect Local Effect: None. Small Business Effect: None. Analysis Bill Summary:
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Board Composition : This bill creates a nine-member State Board of Genetic Counselors. Members serve three-year terms and the chairman is elected by a majority of the members. Members of the board do not receive compensation for service, but are entitled to reimbursement for expenses. Board Duties: The board is required to make recommendations to the Secretary of DHMH on the appropriate professional guidelines for genetic counselors, as well as recommendations on genetic tests that predict disease or disability with very high probability and whether the Secretary should require counseling as part of the informed consent to undergo these genetic tests. The board must also recommend criteria for physicians to recognize the need to refer patients to licensed genetic counselors. The board is required to consult with the Joint National Institutes of Health and Federal Department of Energy working group on the ethical, legal, and social implications of the Human Genome Project, assess the reliability of each new test annually, and recommend rules that ensure the use of genetic testing will not unduly infringe on civil rights. The board is required to make recommendations to the Governor and the General
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