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A NEW MARYLAND LAW WITH A BIG IMPACT FOR OSTOMY PATIENTS

Members of the Maryland General Assembly meet for 90 days a year and work on big issues like gun control, the death penalty and taxes, but then there are hundreds of other bills addressing smaller problems that simply fly under the public radar.

“When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go,” said Del. Norman Conway, D-Wicomico, sponsor of HB 1183.

This legislation passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley Thursday, expands access to an “employee only” bathroom in a retail store for Ostomy patients as well as individuals suffering from Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, or other medical conditions that require immediate access to a restroom.

As Governor Martin O’Malley signed HB 1183 into law, many could not help but remember the testimony of a young man from the Eastern Shore who suffers from severe Crohn’s Disease, and his unbelieveable  experience at a local Best Buy retail store.  Activists and the Administration also heard from and recalled decades of tireless work by the Metro Maryland Ostomy Association, a Rockville based non-profit organization whose mission is to address such issues as well as other related matters. The Ostomy association’s President, Scott Bowling was there as the Governor signed the bill into law.

“Today is a great day for Maryland, and the Governor signing this bill into law is a major step forward for the Ostomy community as well as for tens of thousands of Marylanders suffering from various forms of IBD,” said Metro Maryland Ostomy Association President, Scott Bowling.

Bowling suffers from Crohns’s Disease himself, and had an Ileostomy at age 8.



An ostomate for over 40 years, I still value the support of fellow ostomates at meetings and the info from health professionals.