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House: Maryland Uniform Interstate Family Support Act - Revision

HB 1289, 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 1289 revises the Maryland Uniform Interstate Family Support Act to be in compliance with amendments made in 2008 to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA).

The Conference is a constant advocate for the protection of social safety net programs that benefit many Marylanders. If the General Assembly does not pass HB 1289 by the end of this session, then Maryland will be out of compliance with the UIFSA, resulting in a suspension of federal funding for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Child Support Enforcement. Federal funding is essential to our ability to meet the needs of the poor and vulnerable in our communities. Without that funding, our already tight budget will need to be amended in order to maintain funding for these programs, or Maryland will have to go without the money and the poor and vulnerable will become poorer and more vulnerable due to a lack of resources available to assist them –neither of which is ideal.

Pope Francis stated: “I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be…protectors of one another” (Homily at Inauguration, 3/19/13). It is essential to the lives of numerous Marylanders that Maryland is in compliance with the UIFSA and we encourage you to be a protector of the poor and vulnerable.

The Conference appreciates your consideration and urges your favorable support of HB 1289.