(ANNAPOLIS – April 3, 2019) – Legislation to reform the University of Maryland Medical System Board of Directors received final passage in the House of Delegates this afternoon. The bill passes as headlines abound with the ongoing saga of scandal and self-dealing amongst some of the board members, including Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh.
“In all my years in public service, I have never seen a more blatant and disgusting violation of the people’s trust than the acts committed by some of the members of this Board,” said Delegate Nic Kipke. “While I believe the members of the board must account individually for their actions, I’m supporting this legislation as it will help the University of Maryland Medical System move forward with a new and more thoroughly-vetted Board with strong safeguards to make sure this never happens again.”
The legislation reconstitutes the Board membership and prohibits its members from intentionally using their positions for their private gain or that of another. It prohibits State and local elected officials from serving on the Board. By May 31, 2019 the Board must adopt a conflict of interest policy that must be sent to the Governor, House Speaker, and Senate President. The bill also requires each Board member to submit an annual disclosure of financial interest to the Health Services Cost Review Commission. By May 15, 2019, UMMS must employ an independent entity to conduct an audit and a copy of the audit must be submitted to the Governor, House Speaker, and Senate President by December 31, 2019. The bill is Emergency Legislation and will go into immediate effect once signed by the Governor.