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2016 Legislative Session Tracker

The 2016 Maryland General Assembly began on January 13 and ends at midnight on April 11. View the charts below to keep track of what happens to legislation of interest to the Church, with links to testimony and a copy of the legislation.

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Updated: February 24, 2016

General Assembly Legislative Status on Issues of Interest to Catholics

Respect for Life

Bill Number(s)

Bill Name

Committee(s)

Bill Sponsor(s)

Status of Legislation

Conference Testimony

Conference Position

HB 52

In Vitro Fertilization, Pregnancy, and Childbirth Services-Surrogate ServicesHGODel. WivellWithdrawnOPPOSE

HB 280 

Birth Certificates-Homeless Individuals-Prohibition on Collection of FeeHGODel. MoonFavorable w/Amendments

House

SB 355 / HB 431

Maryland Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program – EstablishmentB&T / HGOSen. Feldman / Del. ZuckerIn CommitteeSenate / HouseSUPPORT

SB 418 / HB 404

Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End–of–Life Option Act
JPR / HGO & JUD
Sen. Young / Del. Pendergrass In CommitteeSenate / HouseOPPOSE

SB 873 / HB 416

Health Care Decisions Act – End–of–Life Decision–Making Informational BookletJPR / HGOSen. Young / Del. HillIn CommitteeSenate / HouseOPPOSE

Education and Family Life

Bill Number(s)

Bill Name

Committee(s)

Bill Sponsor(s)

Status of Legislation

Conference Testimony

Conference Position

HB 42

Transfer of Structured Settlements – Childhood Lead Poisoning Claims – Requirements and LimitationsJUDDel. HaynesIn CommitteeHouseSUPPORT

HB 54

Income Tax Credit-Student EmployeesW&MDel. Haynes In Committee

House

SB 421 / HB 86

Translations of Individualized Education Programs or Family Service PlansEHEA / W&MSen. Ramirez / Del. LuedtkeFirst Reader

House

SUPPORT

HB 453

Maryland Education CreditW&MSpeaker BuschIn CommitteeHouseSUPPORT

HB 544

Sales and Use Tax – Tax–Free Periods – University and College TextbooksW&MDel. LongIn CommitteeHouseSUPPORT

SB 71 / HB 771

Public/Nonpublic Schools-Student Diabetes Management ProgramEHEA / W&MSen. Young / Del. BarnesSenate Bill: First Reader in House 

Senate

OPPOSE

SB 73 / HB 360

MD Loan Assistance Repayment Program for Orphans/Foster Care RecipientsEHEA / W&MSen. Young / Del. JalisiSenate Bill: First Reader in House

Senate

SUPPORT

SB 100

Farm Labor Contracting-State License Requirement-RepealFINSen. MiddletonIn Committee

Senate

OPPOSE

SB 149

Juvenile Law-Citations for ViolationsJPRSen. SimonaireWithdrawn

Senate

SUPPORT

SB 243 / HB 304

Juvenile Court-JurisdictionJPRSen. Kelley / Del. SydnorUnfavorable in Senate

Senate

SB 369 / 1095

Education-Prekindergarten Programs-Notification of Eligibility by Local Dept. of SSEHEA / W&MSen. Ferguson / Del. PlattSenate Bill: Favorable with Amendments; House Bill in Committee

Senate

SUPPORT

SB 464

Higher Education – College Admissions Outreach Program for High–Achieving Students – EstablishmentEHEASen. MadalenoFavorable ReportSenateSUPPORT

SB 465

Community Colleges – Tuition Waiver for Disabled Individuals – RequirementsEHEASen. MadalenoFavorable  with AmendmentsSenateSUPPORT
Budget 
Business and Economic Development
T50T01 – Maryland Technology Development CorporationOPPOSE

Social Concerns

Bill Number(s)

Bill Name

Committee(s)

Bill Sponsor(s)

Status of Legislation

Conference Testimony

Conference Position

HB 21

Sustainable Communities Tax Credit-Residential Units for Lower IncomesW&MDel. HaynesIn Committee

House

SUPPORT

HB 32

Restoring and Sustaining Baltimore City Communities Act of 2016W&MDel. HaynesIn Committee

House

SUPPORT

HB 36

Rebuilding Baltimore City Communities Act of 2016W&MDel. HaynesIn Committee

House

SUPPORT

HB 72  

Sexual Abuse and Assault Awareness and Prevention ProgramW&MDel. LuedtkeIn the Senate

House

SUPPORT

HB 245 

Child Abuse-Failure to ReportJUDDel. Dumais In Committee

House

HB 265 

Health Care Facilities-Abuser RegistryHGODel. RobinsonUnfavorable Report

House

SUPPORT

HB 292

Police Training Commission-Training Requirements-Human TraffickingJUDDel. RobinsonUnfavorable Report

House

HB 759

Home Act of 2016E&TDel. LaffertyIn CommiteeHouseSUPPORT

HB 1180

Correctional Services – Restrictive Housing – ReportJUDDel. CarterIn CommitteeHouseSUPPORT

SB 28

State Government – Web Sites – Language AccessEHEASen. KaganIn House CommitteeSenateSUPPORT

SB 334

Health Insurance-Access to Accurate Provider DirectoriesFINSen. Kelley In CommitteeSenate

SB 31HB 7

Child Abuse and Neglect-Expungement of RecordsJPR / JUDSen. DeGrange / Del. SophocleusSenate: In House, First Reader / House: WithdrawnSenate / House  SUPPORT

SB 252HB 511

MD Medical Assistance Program-Fmr Foster Care Adolescents-Dental Care

FIN / HGO Sen. Pugh / Del. CullisonSenate Bill: Favorable with Amendments; House Bill: In Committee

Senate / House 

SUPPORT

SB 178HB 493

Criminal Law-Extortion-Immigration StatusJPR / JUDSen. Lee / Del. MoralesSenate Bill: Favorable Report; House Bill: In Committee

Senate / House

SUPPORT

SB 323HB 610

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act-ReauthorizationEHEA / ECM; E&TSen. Pinsky / Del. BarveSenate Bill: In House, First Reader; In Committee

Senate

INFORMATION ONLY
SB 384 /HB 452Income Tax – Earned Income Credit – RefundabilitySUPPORT
SB 497 / HB 595Behavioral Health Community Providers – Keep the Door Open Act

Senate / House

SUPPORT
SB 513 / HB 377Maryland No–Fault Birth Injury Fund

House

SUPPORT

Legislative Overview

A booklet describing Maryland Catholic Conference's public policy advocacy and its 2016 legislative agenda.

Maryland Catholic Conference Legislative Overview 2016