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2017 Testimony

On this page, we catalogue the testimony of bills the Conference is taking action on in 2017.

Recent Conference Testimony before the Maryland General Assembly

M00L01.01-M00L01.03 – Funding for DHMH Behavioral Health Administration (Senate)

2/24/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference (“Conference”) represents the public-policy interests of the three Roman Catholic (arch)dioceses serving Maryland: the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.

The Conference supports the mission and work of the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) to provide quality behavioral ...

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SB 883: Municipal Elections – Voting by Individuals Not Lawfully Present in the United States

2/23/2017

Position: OPPOSE

The Maryland Catholic Conference (“Conference”) represents the public-policy interests of the three Roman Catholic (arch)dioceses serving Maryland: the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.

SB 883 would prohibit individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States from voting in ...

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SB 877: Maryland No-Fault Birth Injury Fund

2/23/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference (“Conference”) represents the public-policy interests of the three Roman Catholic (arch)dioceses serving Maryland: the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.

SB 877 would create a no-fault birth injury fund to provide fair and equitable compensation on a ...

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SB 574: Family Law - Child Conceived Without Consent - Termination of Parental Rights (Rape Survivor Family Protection Act)

2/23/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference offers this testimony in SUPPORT of Senate Bill 574.  The Catholic Conference represents the public policy interests of the three (arch)dioceses serving Maryland, the Archdioceses of Baltimore and Washington and the Diocese of Wilmington, which together encompass over one million Marylanders.

SB 574 ...

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SB 535: Highway Dedication – Senator Norman R. Stone, Jr. Highway

2/23/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference represents the mutual public-policy interests of the three Catholic (arch)dioceses serving the state of Maryland, including the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.  It is our great pleasure to offer this testimony in support of Senate Bill ...

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SB 476: Behavioral Health Community Providers - Keep the Door Open Act

2/23/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference (“Conference”) represents the public-policy interests of the three Roman Catholic (arch)dioceses serving Maryland: the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.

SB 476 requires the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) to adjust the rate of reimbursement ...

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M00L01.01-M00L01.03 – Funding for DHMH Behavioral Health Administration (House)

2/23/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference (“Conference”) represents the public-policy interests of the three Roman Catholic (arch)dioceses serving Maryland: the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.

The Conference supports the mission and work of the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) to provide quality behavioral ...

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HB 799: Family Law - Marriage - Age Requirements

2/23/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference represents the mutual public-policy interests of the three (arch)dioceses serving the state of Maryland, including the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.  We offer this testimony in support of House Bill 799, which would raise the legal ...

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HB 697: Child Abuse and Neglect - Statewide Reporting - 2-1-1 Maryland

2/23/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference represents the mutual public-policy interests of the three (arch)dioceses serving the state of Maryland, including the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.  We offer this testimony in support of House Bill 697.

House Bill 697 would expand ...

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HB 641: Civil Actions – Child Sexual Abuse – Statute of Limitation and Limitation of Damages

2/23/2017

Position: OPPOSE

The Maryland Catholic Conference represents the mutual public policy interests of the three dioceses serving Maryland, including the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.  We offer this testimony in opposition to House Bill 641.

At the outset, we wish to acknowledge the ...

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HB 539: Election Law - Voter Registration and Absentee Voting - Proof of Citizenship

2/23/2017

Position: OPPOSE

The Maryland Catholic Conference (“Conference”) represents the public-policy interests of the three Roman Catholic (arch)dioceses serving Maryland: the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.

HB 539 would require individuals who apply to register to vote after June 30, 2017 to submit ...

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HB 532: Election Law - Qualification of Voters - Proof of Identity

2/23/2017

Position: OPPOSE

The Maryland Catholic Conference (“Conference”) represents the public-policy interests of the three Roman Catholic (arch)dioceses serving Maryland: the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.

HB 532 would require an election judge to establish a voter's identity by requesting the voter ...

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HB 471: Juvenile Court – Jurisdiction

2/23/2017

Position: SUPPORT
   
The Maryland Catholic Conference offers this testimony in SUPPORT of House Bill 471.  The Catholic Conference represents the public-policy interests of the three (arch)diocese serving Maryland, including the Archdioceses of Baltimore and Washington and the Diocese of Wilmington, which together encompass over one million Marylanders.

House Bill ...

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SB 360: State Department of Education - Breakfast and Lunch Programs - Funding (The Maryland Cares for Kids Act)

2/22/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference (“Conference”) represents the public-policy interests of the three Roman Catholic (arch)dioceses serving Maryland: the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.

SB 360 repeals the requirement that the State Board of Education (SBE) adopt and publish standards for ...

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HB 762: Income Tax - Earned Income Tax Credit – Eligibility Awareness Campaign

2/22/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference (“Conference”) represents the public-policy interests of the three Roman Catholic (arch)dioceses serving Maryland: the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.

HB 762 requires the Department of Human Resources (DHR) and the Comptroller to implement and administer an ...

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HB 728: Sales and Use Tax – Tax–Free Period for Back–to–School Shopping – Extension

2/22/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference offers this testimony in SUPPORT of the House Bill 728.  The Conference represents the public-policy interests of the three (arch)dioceses serving Maryland, the Archdioceses of Baltimore and Washington and the Diocese of Wilmington, which together encompass over one million Marylanders.

We offer our ...

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HB 644: Independent Living Tax Credit Act

2/22/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference offers this testimony in SUPPORT of House Bill 644 (HB 644). The Catholic Conference represents the public policy interests of the three (arch)dioceses serving Maryland, the Archdioceses of Baltimore and Washington and the Diocese of Wilmington, which together encompass over one million Marylanders ...

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SB 1015: Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Limitations

2/21/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference offers this testimony in SUPPORT of Senate Bill 1015.  The Catholic Conference represents the public-policy interests of the three (arch)diocese serving Maryland, including the Archdioceses of Baltimore and Washington and the Diocese of Wilmington, which together encompass over one million Marylanders.
 
Senate Bill ...

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SB 835: Maryland Law Enforcement and Governmental Trust Act

2/21/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference (“Conference”) represents the public-policy interests of the three Roman Catholic (arch)dioceses serving Maryland: the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.

SB 835 would restore community trust in law enforcement by prohibiting law enforcement officials from stopping, arresting ...

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SB 830: Correctional Facilities – Individual Subject to Immigration Detainer – Homeland Security Notification

2/21/2017

Position: OPPOSE

The Maryland Catholic Conference (“Conference”) represents the public-policy interests of the three Roman Catholic (arch)dioceses serving Maryland: the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.

SB 830 would require a local or state correctional facility to provide at least 72 hours’ notice ...

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