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SB 566 - Hospital Visitation/Decision-Making Rights for Domestic Partners - Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Hospital Visitation/Decision-Making Rights for Domestic Partners

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (88-46) - (Key vote)

Title: Hospital Visitation/Decision-Making Rights for Domestic Partners

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that extends medical visitation and decision-making rights to domestic partners.

Highlights:
- Grants the following rights to domestic partners (Sec. 1):
    - Hospital visitation rights, unless the visit would threaten the patients health, if the patient requested that the partner not visit, or if the hospital does not allow visitors; - The right to make decisions about their partner's health care if their partner is incapable of doing so unless they have appointed a health care agent or guardian; - The right to accompany their partner in an emergency vehicle; and - Control over final arrangements for their partner's body, including the right to give consent for a postmortem examination of their partner's body and the right to decide how the body will be disposed if not specified by the deceased partner.
- Requires proof of a domestic partnership, such as an affidavit or supporting documents for an individual to exercise these rights, except for accompanying a partner in an emergency vehicle or hospital visitation, for which only a good faith statement is required [sec. 1 (6-101) (B)]. - Specifies that nothing in the bill may be construed to define marriage as anything other than an arrangement between a man and a woman in the state of Maryland (Sec. 3). - Defines domestic partnership as a relationship between two individuals who [sec. 1 (6-101) (A)]:
    - Are at least 18 years old; - Are not related by blood or marriage; - Are not married, in a civil union, or domestic partnership with another individual; and - Agree to be in a relationship of mutual interdependence.
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (30-17) - (Key vote)

Title: Hospital Visitation/Decision-Making Rights for Domestic Partners

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that extends medical visitation and decision-making rights to domestic partners.

Highlights:
- Grants the following rights to domestic partners (Sec. 1):
    - Hospital visitation rights, unless the visit would threaten the patients health, if the patient requested that the partner not visit, or if the hospital does not allow visitors; - The right to make decisions about their partner's health care if their partner is incapable of doing so unless they have appointed a health care agent or guardian; - The right to accompany their partner in an emergency vehicle; and - Control over final arrangements for their partner's body, including the right to give consent for a postmortem examination of their partner's body and the right to decide how the body will be disposed if not specified by the deceased partner.
- Requires proof of a domestic partnership, such as an affidavit or supporting documents for an individual to exercise these rights, except for accompanying a partner in an emergency vehicle or hospital visitation, for which only a good faith statement is required [sec. 1 (6-101) (B)]. - Specifies that nothing in the bill may be construed to define marriage as anything other than an arrangement between a man and a woman in the state of Maryland (Sec. 3). - Defines domestic partnership as a relationship between two individuals who [sec. 1 (6-101) (A)]:
    - Are at least 18 years old; - Are not related by blood or marriage; - Are not married, in a civil union, or domestic partnership with another individual; and - Agree to be in a relationship of mutual interdependence.
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Hospital Visitation/Decision-Making Rights for Domestic Partners

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