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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

HB 1469 (Crossover): Public Assistance – Family Investment Program – Child Support Pass Through

3/30/2017

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 1469 requires the first $100 for one child and $200 for two or more children collected ...

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

3/30/2017

Position: SUPPORT WITH AMENDMENTS

The Maryland Catholic Conference offers this testimony in SUPPORT of Senate Bill 574 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 535 (Crossover): Senator Norman R. Stone, Jr. Highway

3/30/2017

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 220 (Crossover): Police Training Commission - Training Requirements - Human Trafficking

3/30/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference offers this testimony in SUPPORT of Senate Bill 220.  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 220 ...

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HB 762 (Crossover): Income Tax - Earned Income Tax Credit – Eligibility Awareness Campaign Pilot Program

3/29/2017

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, as amended, requires the Department of Human Resources (DHR) and the Comptroller to implement and ...

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HB 586 (Crossover): Maryland Farms and Families Act

3/29/2017

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

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HB 530 (Crossover): Sales and Use Tax – Tax–Free Period for Back–to–School Shopping – Sale of Backpacks and Bookbags

3/29/2017

Position: SUPPORT

The Maryland Catholic Conference offers this testimony in SUPPORT of the House Bill 530.  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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SB 1009 (Crossover): Public Assistance – Family Investment Program – Child Support Pass Through

3/28/2017

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, as amended, requires the first $50 for one child and $100 for two or more ...

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

3/28/2017

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, as amended, stipulates that the Governor's proposed budget for specified fiscal years include certain ...

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HB 644 (Crossover): Independent Living Tax Credit Act

3/28/2017

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 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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