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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

SB 96 (Crossover): Health Insurance – Coverage for Fertility Awareness-Based Methods

3/23/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference offers this testimony in SUPPORT of Senate Bill 96.  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 96 requires ...

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SB 15 (Crossover): Insurance - Charitable Gift Annuities - Special Permit Holders - Required Financial Statements

3/23/2017

Position: SUPPORT with Amendment

The Maryland Catholic Conference represents the mutual public-policy interests of the three (arch)dioceses serving Maryland, including the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.  We offer this testimony in support of Senate Bill 15, which would require nonprofit organizations to ...

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SB 416 (Crossover): Income Tax Credit - Qualified Farms - Food Donation Pilot Program

3/22/2017

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 416 allows a qualified farm a State income tax credit of up to $5,000 against ...

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SB 180 (Crossover): Independent Living Tax Credit Act

3/22/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference offers this testimony in SUPPORT of Senate Bill 180 (SB 180). 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 50 (Crossover): Cemeteries – Authority to Repair Memorials and Monuments

3/22/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference represents the public policy interests of the three (arch)dioceses serving Maryland, including the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.  We offer this testimony on behalf of the three (arch)diocesan cemetery managers, who oversee the operation of ...

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HB 521 (Crossover): Sex Offender Registrant - Notice of International Travel

3/22/2017

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.  We submit this testimony in support of House Bill 521.

House Bill 521would extend ...

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HB 472 (Crossover): Income Tax Credit - Qualified Farms - Food Donation Pilot Program

3/22/2017

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 472 allows a qualified farm a State income tax credit of up to $5,000 against ...

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HB 102 (Crossover): Anne Arundel County Board of Education - Human Trafficking Awareness Pilot Program

3/22/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference offers this testimony in SUPPORT of House Bill 102.  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.

HB 102 ...

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SB 872 (Crossover): James W. Hubbard Inclusive Higher Education Grant Program

3/21/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference offers this testimony in SUPPORT of Senate Bill 872 (SB 872).  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 701 (Crossover): Higher Education – Tuition Waivers for Foster Care Recipients and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth – Alterations

3/21/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference offers this testimony in SUPPORT of the Senate Bill 701.  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.

Senate Bill 701 ...

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SB 581 (Crossover): Workgroup to Study the Implementation of Universal Access to Prekindergarten for 4–Year–Olds

3/21/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference offers this testimony in SUPPORT of the Senate Bill 581, with the attached amendment.  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 ...

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

3/21/2017

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

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SB 359 (Crossover): Education - Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program - Administration (Maryland Meals for Achievement for Teens Act of 2017)

3/21/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference offers this testimony in SUPPORT of Senate Bill 359.  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 278 (Crossover): Maryland Farms and Families Act

3/21/2017

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 278 establishes the Maryland Farms and Families Program and Fund in the Department of Agriculture to ...

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SB 232 (Crossover): Education – Pregnant and Parenting Students – Attendance Policy

3/21/2017

Position: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS

The Maryland Catholic Conference offers this testimony in SUPPORT of Senate Bill 232 in its original form.  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 ...

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SB 1016: Labor and Employment – Regulation of Farm Labor Contractors and Foreign Labor Contractors

3/16/2017

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 1016 expands the current farm labor contracting state licensing statute to all foreign labor contractors by ...

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SB 1009: Public Assistance – Family Investment Program – Child Support Pass Through

3/16/2017

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 1009 requires the first $100 for one child and $200 for two or more children collected ...

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SB 1155: Income Tax - Earned Income Tax Credit – Notice of Availability

3/15/2017

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 1155 seeks to expand utilization of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by requiring the Comptroller ...

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SB 841: Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act of 2017

3/15/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference offers this testimony in SUPPORT of Senate Bill 841 (SB 841).  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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HB 1583: Income Tax - Earned Income Tax Credit – Notice of Availability

3/14/2017

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 1583 seeks to expand utilization of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by requiring the Comptroller ...

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