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2018 Legislative Session Tracker

The 2018 Maryland General Assembly began on January 10 and ends at midnight on April 9. 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: March 22, 2018

Status on Legislation of Interest to Catholics

Respect for Life

Bill NumberBill TitleCommittee(s)Sponsor(s)Status of LegislationConference TestimonyConference Position

HB 1

SB 2

Rape Survivor Family Protection ActJUD / JPR

Del. Dumais 

Sen. Feldman

Approved by Governor

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 249

SB 33 

Health Insurance - Coverage for Fertility Awareness-Based Methods

HGO
FIN

Del. Kipke 

Sen. Reilly 

Second Reading Passed 
Second Reading Passed

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

 HB 96

Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Living Organ DonorsW&M
B&T

Del. Busch

Returned Passed

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 255

Secretary of State - Address Confidentiality Programs - Shielding of Real Property RecordsE&TDel. BarveNo committee vote

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 633 

SB 578

Secretary of State - Address Confidentiality Programs - Shielding of Real Property RecordsE&T
JPR

Del. Healey 

Sen. Lee

First Reading JPR 
First Reading E&T

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 748 

SB 533 

Criminal Law - Homicide - Unborn Child (Laura and Reid's Law)
JUD
JPR

Del. Kittleman 

Sen. Ready

No committee vote 
No committee vote

CLICK HERE 

SUPPORT

HB 797 

SB 598

Correctional Services - Inmates - Menstrual Hygiene ProductsJUD
JPR

Del. Queen 

Sen. Lee

First Reading JPR 
JUD Hearing 3/27 @ 1:00p.m.

CLICK HERE 

SUPPORT

HB 787 

SB 629  

Correctional Facilities - Pregnant Inmates - Medical CareJUD / JPR

Del. Dumais 

Sen. Kelley 

First Reading JPR 
First Reading House Rules and Exec. Nominations

CLICK HERE

STATEMENT OF INFORMATION

 HB 782 

SB 550

Maryland Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program - Death of a Designated Beneficiary
HGO
B&T

Del. Waldstreicher

Sen. Zucker/

B&T Hearing 3/27 @ 1:00p.m.
Second Reading Passed with amendments

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 1267 

SB 869 

Criminal Procedure - Motion to Vacate Judgment - Human TraffickingJUD
JPR

Del. Dumais 

Sen. Lee 

No committee vote
No committee vote

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 1276 

SB 881

Criminal Law - Human Trafficking and Prostitution Offenses
APP
JPR

Del. Young

Sen. Lee

No committee vote
First Reading House Rules and Exec. Nominations

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 1462

 SB 701

Commercial Driver's Licenses - Recognition, Prevention, and Reporting of Human Trafficking
E&T
JPR

Del. Ebersole

Sen. Klausmeier

First Reading JPR 
No committee vote

CLICK HERE 

SUPPORT

HB 1038

Health Insurance - Health Benefit Plans - Special Enrollment Period for Pregnancy HGO

Del. Lam

Withdrawn

CLICK HERE 

SUPPORT

HB 1494

SB 964

Social Services - Safe Harbor Child Trafficking Victim Service Pilot ProgramJUD
FIN

Del. Morales

Sen. Lee

Unfavorable Report 
JUD Hearing 4/03 @ 1:00p.m.

CLICK HERE 

SUPPORT

HB 994

Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Family Planning Services
HGO 
FIN

Del. Barron

FIN Hearing 3/29 @ 1:00p.m.

CLICK HERE 

OPPOSE

 HB 1111

SB 969

Public Health - Access to Emergency Contraception - Student Health Centers and Vending Machines

HGO 
APP
EHEA 
FIN/ 

Del. Morales

Sen. Manno

No committee vote
No committee vote

CLICK HERE

OPPOSE

HB 1335

Public - Abortions Sought by Minors - Parent  of Guardian Consent

HGO

Del. Parrott

No committee vote

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 1355

Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act of 2018 HGO

Del. Wivell

No committee vote

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 1424

Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

HGO

Del. Ciliberti

No committee vote

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 1650

Maryland Department of Health - Maryland Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Grant Program

HGO

Del. Rosenberg

No committee vote

CLICK HERE

OPPOSE

SB 449

Public Health – Abortions – ViabilityFIN

Sen. Waugh

No committee vote

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 160  

SB 185 

Budget - Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund APP / B&T 

Speaker BuschPres. Miller 


CLICK HERE 

OPPOSE

Education, Children & Families

Bill NumberBill TitleCommittee (s)Sponsor(s)Status of LegislationConference TestimonyConference Position

SB 131

Child Abuse and Neglect - TrainingJPR

Sen. Zirkin / Sen. Lee

No committee vote

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

SB 132 

Crimes - Child Abuse and Neglect - Failure to Report JPR

Sen. Zirkin / Sen. Lee

JUD Hearing 3/27 @ 1:00p.m.

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 191

Family Law - Marriage - Age RequirementsJUD

Del. Atterbeary

First Reading JPR

CLICK HERE 

SUPPORT

HB 547

SB 373

Education - Head Start Program - Annual Appropriation
APP
B&T

Del. Barron

Sen. Currie

No committee vote
APP Hearing 3/20 @ 1:15p.m.

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 315 

State Department of Education - Breakfast and Lunch Programs - Funding (Maryland Cares for Kids Act)W&M

Del. Hixson  

B&T Hearing 3/28 @ 1:00p.m.

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 431

SB 308 

Foster Care Recipients and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth - Employment Program (Fostering Employment Act of 2018) APP
FIN

Del. Adams 

Pres. Miller 

FIN Hearing 3/27 @ 1:00p.m.
Returned Passed

CLICK HERE 

SUPPORT

HB 519

SB 422

Income Tax - Credit for Child and Dependent Care Expenses - Income Eligibility
W&M
B&T

Del. Kelly

Sen. King

No committee vote 
No committee vote 

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 671

SB 467

Sales and Use Tax - Tax-Free Period for Back-to-School-Shopping - School Supplies
W&M
B&T

Del. Patterson

Sen. Eckardt

B&T Hearing 3/28 @ 1:00p.m.
No committee vote

CLICK HERE 

SUPPORT

 HB 786

SB 539

Correction Services - Restrictive Housing - Limitations
JUD
JPR 

Del. J. Lewis 

Sen. Lee

First Reading JPR 
No committee vote

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 622

Public and Nonpublic Schools - Student Sickle Cell Disease Management ProgramsW&M

Del. Patterson

First Reading EHEA

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT with amendment

HB 1565

SB 1060 

Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools - Discrimination - Prohibition 
W&M
JPR

Del McCray

Sen. Kagan

No committee vote 
No committee vote

CLICK HERE

OPPOSE

HB 644

State Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Elementary and Secondary Education ExpensesW&M

Del. Lam

No committee vote

CLICK HERE

OPPOSE

HB 1244 

SB 657

Workgroup on Establishing an Independent School Board for the Juvenile Services Education SystemJUD /W&M
EHEA

Del. Hettleman 

Sen. Kelley

Withdrawn 
No committee vote

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

SB 912

Maryland Prenatal and Infant Care Coordination Services Grant Program Fun (Thrive by Three Fund)FIN

Sen. Ferguson

HGO Hearing 4/03 @ 1:00p.m.

CLICK HERE 

SUPPORT

HB 1136 

County Boards of Education - Student Hearing and Vision Screenings - Reporting Requirements W&M
EHEA

Del. Valentino-Smith

EHEA Hearing 3/28 @ 1:00p.m.

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 1524

SB 1134

Juvenile Justice Coordinating CouncilJUD
JPR

Del. Clippinger 

Sen. Ferguson

First Reading JPR 
No committee vote

CLICK HERE 

SUPPORT

SB 863

Juvenile Law - Juvenile Court JurisdictionJUD
JPR

Del. Sydnor

Sen. Kelley

Withdrawn 
Unfavorable Report  JPR

CLICK HERE 

SUPPORT

HB 1607

Education - Juvenile Services Education Programs - Management and OperationW&M/ JUD

Del. Leudtke

EHEA Hearing 3/28 @ 1:00p.m.

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

SB 740

State Department of Education - Breakfast and Lunch Programs - Funding (Maryland Cares for Kids Act)B&T 
EHEA

Sen. Madaleno 

B&T Hearing 3/07 @ 1:00p.m.

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT with amendment

 HB 1415

SB 1092

Education - Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education

W&M
APP 
EHEA
B&T 

Speaker Busch

Pres. Miller

First Reading EHEA and B&T
No committee vote

CLICK HERE 

SUPPORT

HB 1643

Income Tax - Credit for Contributions to the Maryland Excellence in Education Fund

W&M

Del. Frick

No committee vote

CLICK HERE 

SUPPORT with amendment

HB 160 

SB 185

Budget - Public School Construction - Nonpublic Aging Schools Program

APP 
B&T

Speaker Busch 

Pres. Miller

CLICK HERE 

SUPPORT

HB 1235 

SB 818

Education - Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program - Eligibility and Annual AppropriationW&M / APP
B&T

Del. McIntosh

Del.

No committee vote 
W&M Hearing 3/29 @ 1:00p.m.
CLICK HERE SUPPORT

HB 671

Income Tax - Subtraction Modification - Classroom Supplies Purchased by Teachers
W&M

Del. Patterson

B&T Hearing 3/28 @ 1:00p.m.

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

Social & Economic Justice

Bill NumberBill TitleCommittee(s)Sponsor(s)Status of LegislationConference TestimonyConference Position

SB 284

Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Dental Coverage for AdultsFIN

Sen. Middleton / Sen. Guzzone

HGO Hearing 4/03 @ 1:00p.m.

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 430 

SB 379

Education - Child Care Subsidies - Mandatory Funding Levels APP 
B&T

Del. Jones

Sen. King

B&T Hearing 3/28 @ 1:00p.m.
APP Hearing 3/28 @ 1:00p.m.

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

SB 513

Food Stamp Program - Time Limit Waiver - ProhibitionFIN

Sen. Waugh

No committee vote

CLICK HERE

OPPOSE

SB 581

Criminal Procedure - Immigration - U Non-immigrant Status and EnforcementJPR

Sen. Ramirez

No committee vote

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 461 

Victims and Witnesses - U Non-immigrant Status - Certification of Victim Helpfulness JUD

Del. Morales

Hearing Canceled JPR

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 573 

Income Tax - Earned Income Tax Credit - Eligibility Awareness CampaignW&M

Del. Platt

No committee vote

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 1493

SB 526

Labor and Employment - Regulation of Farm Labor Contractors and Foreign Labor Contractors
ECM
FIN

Del. Valderrama

Sen. Lee

No committee vote
No committee vote

CLICK HERE 

SUPPORT 

SB 532 

Higher Education - Financial Aid - In-State Students (The Jill Wrigley Memorial Scholarship Expansion Act)EHEA

Sen. Pinsky

W&M Hearing 3/29 @ 1:00p.m.

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 1536

SB 546

Higher Education - Tuition Rates - Exemptions
W&M
EHEA 

Del. Hixson

Sen. Conway

First Reading EHEA 
No committee vote

CLICK HERE 

SUPPORT

HB 909

SB 862

Maryland No-Fault Birth Injury Fund
HGO 
JUD
JPR
FIN

Del. Cullison

Sen. Kelley

No committee vote
No committee vote

CLICK HERE 

SUPPORT

HB 991

SB 1062

Weapon Crimes - Detachable Magazine and Regulated Firearms - Possesion
JUD
JPR

Baltimore City Delegation 

Baltimore City Senators

Withdrawn 
No committee vote

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 113

Public Safety - Baltimore City Safe Streets Initiatives - FundingAPP

Del. Branch

B&T Hearing 3/27 @ 1:00p.m.

CLICK HERE 

SUPPORT

HB 161

SB 187 

Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2018 - Health-General Article Section 16-201.3(d)(1) - Reduction of Provider Rates for Behavioral Health
APP
B&T

 Del. Busch

Pres. Miller 

CLICK HERE

OPPOSE

HB 856

SB 647 

Earned Income Tax Credit - Individuals without Qualifying Children - Expansion 
W&M
B&T

Del. Hixson

Sen. Madaleno 

B&T Hearing 3/27 @ 1:00p.m.
W&M Hearing 3/21 @ 1:00p.m.

CLICK HERE 

SUPPORT

HB 1031

SB 860

Public Safety - Regulated Firearms - Transfer 
JUD
JPR

Del. Dumais

Sen. Ferguson

No committee vote
No committee vote

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 888

SB 707

Criminal Law - Firearm Crimes - Rapid Fire Trigger Activator
JUD
JPR

Del. Moon

Sen. Ramirez  

First Reading JPR
JUD Hearing 4/03 @ 1:00p.m.

CLICK HERE 

SUPPORT

HB 1615

SB 1231

Human Services - Temporary Disability Assistance ProgramAPP
FIN

Del. Valentino-Smith

Sen. Madaleno

FIN Hearing 3/29 @ 1:00p.m.
No committee vote

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

SB 818

Education - Maryland Meals for Achievement In-Classroom Breakfast Program - Eligibility and Annual AppropriationB&T

Sen. Madaleno

B&T Hearing 3/06 @ 1:00p.m.

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 1613

Appointment or Designation of Standby Guardian - Removal From the United States

JUD

Del. Sanchez

JPR Hearing 3/28 @ 1:00p.m.

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 1729

SB 1164 

Family Investment Program - Temporary Cash Assistance Funding

APP
B&T 

Del. Valentino-Smith

Sen. Madaleno

No committee vote 

No committee vote

CLICK HERESUPPORT

HB 1626

Public Information Act - Motor Vehicle Administration - Warrant or Subpoena for Personal Information

E&T

Del. Stein

E&T Hearing 3/29 @ 1:00p.m. CLICK HERESUPPORT

HB 1461

Criminal Procedure - Immigration - Supporting All Families Everywhere (SAFE Act)

JUD

Del. Gutierrez

No committee voteCLICK HERESUPPORT

SB 373

Education - Head Start Program - Annual Appropriations (The Ulysses Currie Act)B&T / APP

Sen. Currie

APP Heaing 3/20 @ 1:15p.m.

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT
HB 1685Maryland Prenatal and Infant Care Coordination Services Grant Program Fun (Thrive by Three Fund) 

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

Institutional Concerns

Bill NumberBill TitleCommittee(s)Sponsors(s)Status of LegislationConference TestimonyConference Position

SB 156

Public Safety - Handgun Permit - Church or Religious Organization PropertyJPR

Sen. Norman / Sen. Salling 

Withdrawn

CLICK HERE

OPPOSE

HB 246 

SB 671

Hate Crimes - Threats and PenaltiesJUD
JPR

Del. Rosenberg

Sen. Zirkin

Withdrawn
JUD Hearing 4/03 @ 1:00p.m.

CLICK HERE 

SUPPORT

HB 500

Crimes - Child Abuse and Neglect - Failure to ReportJUD

Del. Sanchez / Del. Barron 

No committee vote

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 600

Child Abuse and Neglect - TrainingJUD

Del. McComas

First Reading JPR

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

 HB 251

SB 402

Education - Family Life and Human Sexuality Curriculum - Boundaries and Consent 
W&M
EHEA 

Del. Kelly

Sen. Zucker

First Reading EHEA
Second Reading Passed

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

SB 528 

Criminal Law - Hate Crimes - Group VictimJPR

Sen. Astle

JUD Hearing 3/27 @ 1:00p.m.

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

SB 621

Real Property - Deletion of Ownership Restrictions Based on Race, Religion Belief, or National OriginJPR

Sen. Conway

E&T Hearing 4/03 @ 1:00p.m.

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

SB 670

Family Law - Marriage - Age RequirementsFIN

Sen. Jennings

JUD Hearing 4/03 @ 1:00p.m.

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT with amendment

HB 1066

Homeowners Associations - Recorded Covenants or Restrictions - Deletion of Restrictions Based on Race, Religious Belief, or National OriginE&T

Del. West

No committee vote

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

SB 774

Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Family Planning ServicesFIN

Sen. Benson

No committee vote

CLICK HERE 

OPPOSE

HB 758

Public Safety - Handgun Permit - Church or Religious Organization PropertyJUD

Del Szeliga 

No committee vote

CLICK HERE 

OPPOSE

HB 1630

Higher education - James Proctor Scholarship Program - EstablishedW&M

Del. Vallario

EHEA Hearing 3/28 @ 1:00p.m.

CLICK HERE

SUPPORT

HB 1072

Education - Child Sexual Abuse Prevention - Instruction and TrainingEHEA

Del. Wilson

Favorable Report EHEACLICK HERESUPPORT

HB 1571 

Education - Child Sexual Abuse Prevention - Employment ProcessEHEA

Del. WIlson

EHEA Hearing 3/28 @ 1:00p.m.CLICK HERESUPPORT with amendment

Legislative Overview

Learn more about the Maryland Catholic Conference's public policy advocacy and its 2018 legislative agenda.