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					                          MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12



BILL #   SPONSOR(S)        TITLE              SYNOPSIS                        STATUS

HB 4     Delegates         Baltimore County   Proposing an amendment to       House Action
         Cardin, Stein,    - Orphans' Court   the Maryland Constitution to
         DeBoy,            Judges –           change qualifications for       9/23 Pre-filed
         Minnick, and      Qualifications     judges of the Orphans' Court
         Nathan-                              for Baltimore County;           1/11 First
         Pulliam                              requiring judges of the         Reading
                           Prior Year         Orphans' Court for Baltimore    Judiciary
                           Introduction As:   County to be citizens of the
                                              State and residents in          1/4 - Hearing
                           2011 HB 930        Baltimore County for twelve     1/19 at 1:00 p.m.
                                              months preceding the
                                              election, and to have been      2/6 Favorable
                                              admitted to practice law in     with
                                              the State and be members in     Amendments
                                              good standing of the            Report by
                                              Maryland Bar; and               Judiciary
                                              submitting the amendment to
                                              the qualified voters of the     2/7 - Favorable
                                              State for adoption or           with
                                              rejection.                      amendments
                                                                              {232412/1
                                                                              Report Adopted
                                                                              Second Reading
                                                                              Passed with
                                                                              Amendments

                                                                              2/9 - Motion
                                                                              vote previous
                                                                              question
                                                                              (Delegate
                                                                              Minnick)
                                                                              Adopted
                                                                              Third Reading
                                                                              Passed (104-30)

                                                                              Senate Action

                                                                              2/10 - First
                                                                              Reading Judicial
                                                                              Proceedings

HB 8     Delegate          Crimes –           Changing the prohibition        House Action
         Washington        Electronic         against using electronic mail
Cross-                     Communication -    with the intent to harass to    8/2 - Pre-filed


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                      MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)    TITLE            SYNOPSIS                         STATUS

filed                  Harassment       prohibit engaging in
SB 175                                  electronic communication         1/11 - First
                                        with the intent to harass;       Reading
                                        changing the defined term        Judiciary
                                        "electronic mail" to
                                        "electronic communication"       1/4 - Hearing
                                        and altering the definition;     1/19 at 1:00 p.m.
                                        and establishing penalties for
                                        a second or subsequent           2/20 -
                                        violation of the Act.            Favorable with
                                                                         Amendments
                                                                         Report by
                                                                         Judiciary

                                                                         2/21 -
                                                                         Favorable with
                                                                         Amendments
                                                                         {992411/1
                                                                         Report Adopted

                                                                         Second
                                                                         Reading Passed
                                                                         with
                                                                         Amendments

                                                                         Senate Action

                                                                         1/20 - First
                                                                         Reading Judicial
                                                                         Proceedings

                                                                         1/24 - Hearing
                                                                         2/2 at 1:00 p.m.

                                                                         3/12 - Favorable
                                                                         with
                                                                         Amendments
                                                                         Report by
                                                                         Judicial
                                                                         Proceedings

                                                                         3/13 - Favorable
                                                                         with
                                                                         Amendments
                                                                         {168979/1


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                         MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)       TITLE                SYNOPSIS                         STATUS

                                                                                 Laid Over
                                                                                (Senator Pipkin)
                                                                                Adopted

                                                                                3/14 -
                                                                                Favorable with
                                                                                Amendments
                                                                                {168979/1
                                                                                Report
                                                                                Adopted
                                                                                Floor
                                                                                Amendment
                                                                                (Senator
                                                                                Simonaire)
                                                                                {583326/1
                                                                                Adopted
                                                                                Second
                                                                                Reading Passed
                                                                                with
                                                                                Amendments
HB 11    Delegate         Criminal Law -       Repealing the requirement        House action
         Glenn            Third Degree         that the prosecution of a
                          Sexual Offense -     misdemeanor offense of the       1/15 - Pre-filed
                          Person in Position   prohibition against a
                          of Authority         specified person in a position   1/11 - First
                                               of authority engaging in a       Reading
                          Prior Year           sexual act or sexual contact     Judiciary
                          Introduction As      with a minor, under specified
                                               circumstances, be instituted     1/12 - Hearing
                          2009 HB 1090         within 3 years after the         1/31 at 1:00 p.m.
                                               offense was committed;
                                               prohibiting a specified          Unfavorable
                                               person in a position of          Report by
                                               authority who is at least 6      Judiciary –
                                               years older than the victim      withdrawn
                                               from engaging in sexual
                                               contact or a sexual act while    Senate action
                                               the minor is enrolled or
                                               participating in a specified     No action
                                               institution, program, or
                                               activity; etc.

HB 44    Delegate         Health Insurance - Altering the circumstances         House Action
         Waldstreicher    Coverage of In      under which specified
                          Vitro Fertilization insurers, nonprofit health        10/26 - Pre-filed


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                       MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)     TITLE               SYNOPSIS                       STATUS

                        Services            service plans, and health
                                            maintenance organizations      1/11 First
                                            must provide coverage for      Reading Health
                                            specified benefits for         and Government
                                            outpatient expenses arising    Operations
                                            from in vitro fertilization
                                            procedures; etc.               Hearing 1/18 at
                                                                           1:00 p.m.

                                                                           1/17 - Hearing
                                                                           cancelled

                                                                           2/14 -
                                                                           Unfavorable
                                                                           Report by
                                                                           Health and
                                                                           Government
                                                                           Operations
                                                                           Withdrawn

                                                                           Senate Action

                                                                           No Action

HB 92    Delegates      Domestic Violence   Clarifying the definition of   House Action
         Simmons and    – Shielding –       "shielding" in provisions
         Dumais         Complete            relating to the removal from   1/18 - First
                        Removal of          the public Web site            Reading
                        Information from    maintained by the Maryland     Judiciary
                        Public Web Site     Judiciary of specified court   Hearing 2/2 at
                                            records concerning domestic    1:00 p.m.
                                            violence.
                                                                           2/13 - Favorable
                                                                           with
                                                                           Amendments
                                                                           Report by
                                                                           Judiciary

                                                                           2/16 – Third
                                                                           Reading Passed
                                                                           (133-0)

                                                                           Senate Action

                                                                           2/17 – First


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                        MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)      TITLE                SYNOPSIS                        STATUS

                                                                              Reading Judicial
                                                                              Proceedings

HB 101   Delegates       Health - General -   Prohibiting a person from       House Action
         Pena-Melnyk,    Posthumous Use       using sperm or eggs from a
Cross-   Anderson,       of Donor Sperm       known donor after the           1/19 - First
filed    Costa, and      and Eggs             donor's death for the purpose   Reading Health
SB 71    Hubbard                              of assisted reproduction        and Government
                                              without the prior consent of    Operations
                                              the donor; establishing
                                              requirements for a valid        1/25 - Hearing
                                              consent; and establishing       1/31 at 1:00 p.m.
                                              penalties for a violation of
                                              the Act.                        1/27 - Hearing
                                                                              cancelled

                                                                              2/1 - Hearing
                                                                              2/7 at 1:30 p.m.

                                                                              3/13 - Favorable
                                                                              with
                                                                              Amendments
                                                                              Report by
                                                                              Health and
                                                                              Government
                                                                              Operations

                                                                              3/14 -
                                                                              Favorable with
                                                                              Amendments
                                                                              {936181/1
                                                                              Report Adopted
                                                                              Special Order
                                                                              until 3/15
                                                                              (Delegate
                                                                              Healey)
                                                                              Adopted

                                                                              3/15- Special
                                                                              Order until 3/16
                                                                              (Delegate
                                                                              Valentino-
                                                                              Smith) Adopted

                                                                              3/16 - Special


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                      MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)    TITLE            SYNOPSIS          STATUS

                                                          Order until 3/20
                                                          (Delegate Pena-
                                                          Melnyk)
                                                          Adopted

                                                          SB 71 House
                                                          Action

                                                          3/6 - First
                                                          Reading Health
                                                          and Government
                                                          Operations

                                                          3/7 - Hearing
                                                          3/27 at 1:00 p.m.

                                                          Senate Action

                                                          1/16 - First
                                                          Reading Finance

                                                          1/20 - Hearing
                                                          2/1 at 2:00 p.m.

                                                          2/20 - Favorable
                                                          with
                                                          Amendments
                                                          Report by
                                                          Finance

                                                          2/21 -
                                                          Favorable with
                                                          Amendments
                                                          {837672/1 -
                                                          Report Adopted
                                                          Special Order
                                                          until 2/24
                                                          (Senator Reilly)
                                                          Adopted

                                                          2/24 - Special
                                                          Order until 2/29
                                                          (Senator Getty)
                                                          Adopted



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                      MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)    TITLE               SYNOPSIS                       STATUS

                                                                          3/1 - Floor
                                                                          Committee
                                                                          Amendment
                                                                          (Judicial
                                                                          Proceedings)
                                                                          {748976/1
                                                                          Adopted Second
                                                                          Reading Passed
                                                                          with
                                                                          Amendments

                                                                          3/5 - Third
                                                                          Reading Passed
                                                                          (44-1)

HB 164   Delegate      Family Law -        Repealing the requirement      House Action
         Rosenberg     Marriage Licenses   that a marriage license be
Cross-                 and Ceremonies      issued by the clerk for the    1/24 - First
filed                                      county in which the marriage   Reading
SB 216                                     is performed; authorizing a    Judiciary
                                           clerk of any county of the
                                           State to issue a marriage      1/25 - Hearing
                                           license; etc.                  2/2 at 1:00 p.m.

                                                                          1/26 - Hearing
                                                                          cancelled

                                                                          2/27 -
                                                                          Unfavorable
                                                                          Report by
                                                                          Judiciary
                                                                          Withdrawn

                                                                          Senate Action

                                                                          1/20 - First
                                                                          Reading Judicial
                                                                          Proceedings

                                                                          1/24 - Hearing
                                                                          2/9 at 1:00 p.m.

                                                                          2/20 -
                                                                          Unfavorable
                                                                          Report by


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                         MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)       TITLE             SYNOPSIS                         STATUS

                                                                             Judicial
                                                                             Proceedings

HB 265   Chair,           Task Force to     For the purpose of               House Action
         Judiciary        Study             establishing the Task Force
Cross-   Committee        Implementing a    to Study Implementing a          1/27 - First
filed    (By Request -    Civil Right to    Civil Right to Counsel in        Reading
SB 280   Maryland         Counsel in        Maryland; providing for the      Judiciary
         Judicial         Maryland          composition, chair, and          Hearing 2/15 at
         Conference)                        staffing of the Task Force;      1:00 p.m.
                                            prohibiting a member of the
                                            Task Force from receiving        3/19 -
                                            certain compensation, but        Unfavorable
                                            authorizing the                  Report by
                                            reimbursement of certain         Judiciary
                                            expenses; requiring the Task     Withdrawn
                                            Force to study and make
                                            recommendations regarding        Senate Action
                                            certain matters; requiring the
                                            Task Force to report its         1/26 - First
                                            findings and                     Reading Judicial
                                            recommendations to certain       Proceedings
                                            public officials on or before
                                            a certain date; providing for    1/27 - Hearing
                                            the termination of this Act;     2/9 at 1:00 p.m.
                                            and generally relating to the
                                            Task Force to Study              3/12 -
                                            Implementing a Civil Right       Unfavorable
                                            to Counsel in Maryland.          Report by
                                                                             Judicial
                                                                             Proceedings
HB 294   Delegates        Child Support -   For the purpose of requiring     House Action
         Vitale,          Child Care        that certain child care
         Dumais,          Expenses          expenses incurred on behalf      1/27 - First
         Eckardt,                           of a 3 child due to the full–    Reading
         Kipke,                             time attendance by either        Judiciary
         Lafferty,                          parent at a certain              Hearing 2/9 at
         McDermott,                         educational 4 institution be     1:00 p.m.
         Schulz, and                        added to the basic child
         Smigiel                            support obligation and           3/5 -
                                            divided by the 5 parents in      Unfavorable
                                            proportion to their adjusted     Report by
                                            actual incomes under the         Judiciary
                                            child support 6 guidelines;
                                            and generally relating to        Senate Action


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                      MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)    TITLE              SYNOPSIS                         STATUS

                                          child support obligations.
                                                                           No Action

HB 397   Delegate      Child Support -    Specifying that a parent who     House Action
         Dumais        Criminal           fails to provide for the
                       Nonsupport and     support of his or her minor      2/1 - First
                       Desertion          child is guilty of the           Reading
                                          misdemeanor of criminal          Judiciary
                                          nonsupport; repealing from
                       Prior Year         the crime of criminal            1/31 - Hearing
                       Introduction As:   nonsupport the element of        2/9 at 1:00 p.m.
                                          willfulness; establishing a
                       2011 HB 423        specified defense to the         3/5 -
                                          crime of criminal                Unfavorable
                                          nonsupport; and specifying       Report by
                                          that a parent who deserts his    Judiciary
                                          or her minor child is guilty
                                          of the crime of criminal         Senate Action
                                          desertion of a child.
                                                                           No Action
HB 400   Delegate      Child Support -    Altering the definition of       House Action
         Dumais        Adjusted Actual    "adjusted actual income"
                       Income -           under the State child support    2/1 - First
                       Multifamily        guidelines; providing for the    Reading
                       Adjustment         calculation of a specified       Judiciary
                                          allowance required to be
                       Prior Year         deducted from adjusted           1/31 - Hearing
                       Introduction As:   actual income under the          2/9 at 1:00 p.m.
                                          child support guidelines;
                       2011 HB 422        requiring that the amount of     3/5 - Favorable
                                          a specified allowance be         with
                                          subtracted from a parent's       Amendments
                                          actual income before the         Report by
                                          court determines the amount      Judiciary
                                          of a child support award; etc.
                                                                           3/6 - Favorable
                                                                           with
                                                                           Amendments
                                                                           {552615/1
                                                                           Report Adopted
                                                                           Second Reading
                                                                           Passed with
                                                                           Amendments

                                                                           3/8 - Third


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                      MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)    TITLE            SYNOPSIS          STATUS

                                                          Reading Passed
                                                          (108-28)

                                                          Senate Action

                                                          No Action




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                      MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)     TITLE            SYNOPSIS                          STATUS

HB 438   The Speaker    Civil Marriage   Altering a provision of law       House Action
         (By Request - Protection Act    to establish that only a
Cross-   Administration                  marriage between two              2/17 - Third
filed    ) and                           individuals who are not           Reading Passed
SB 241   Delegates                       otherwise prohibited from         (72-67)
         Anderson,                       marrying is valid in this
         Barkley,                        State; prohibiting an official    Senate Action
         Barnes, Barve,                  of a religious order or body
         Bobo,                           authorized to perform a            2/23 - Third
         Bromwell,                       marriage ceremony from            Reading Passed
         Busch, Cardin,                  being required to solemnize       (25-22)
         Carr, Clagett,                  or officiate at a particular
         Clippinger,                     marriage or religious rite of a
         Cullison,                       marriage in violation of the
         Dumais,                         constitutional right to free
         Feldman,                        exercise of religion; etc.
         Frick, Frush,
         Gaines,
         Gilchrist,
         Gutierrez,
         Guzzone,
         Hammen,
         Haynes,
         Hixson,
         Hubbard,
         Hucker, Ivey,
         Jones, Kaiser,
         A. Kelly,
         Kramer,
         Lafferty, Lee,
         Luedtke,
         McHale,
         McIntosh, A.
         Miller,
         Mitchell,
         Mizeur,
         Murphy,
         Niemann,
         Pena-Melnyk,
         Pendergrass,
         Reznik, B.
         Robinson, S.
         Robinson,
         Rosenberg,
         Ross,
         Simmons,
         Stein,
         Summers,                                                                    11
         Tarrant, F.
         Turner,
                        MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)         TITLE              SYNOPSIS                        STATUS

HB 459   Delegates          Task Force to      Establishing a Task Force to    House Action
         Alston and         Study Joint        Study Joint Custody of
         Vallario           Custody of         Children; providing for the     2/2 - First
                            Children           membership, chair, and          Reading
                                               staffing of the Task Force;     Judiciary
                                               prohibiting a member of the
                                               Task Force from receiving       2/8 - Hearing
                                               compensation, but               2/23 at 1:00 p.m.
                                               authorizing reimbursement
                                               of specified expenses;          Senate Action
                                               requiring the Task Force to
                                               study and make                  No Action
                                               recommendations regarding
                                               specified matters; requiring
                                               the Task Force to report its
                                               preliminary findings and
                                               recommendations to the
                                               Governor and the General
                                               Assembly on or before
                                               December 31, 2012; etc.

HB 474   Delegates          Maryland           Adding a new section to the     House Action
Const.   Dwyer, Afzali,     Marriage           Maryland Constitution to
Amdt.    Aumann,            Protection Act     establish that a marriage       2/2 - First
         Bates, Beitzel,    Constitutional     between one man and one         Reading
         Boteler, Burns,    Amendment          woman shall be the only         Judiciary &
         Cluster,                              domestic legal union valid or   Health and
         DeBoy,             Prior Year         recognized in the State; and    Government
         Eckardt,           Introduction As:   submitting the amendment to     Operations
         Elliott, Fisher,                      the qualified voters of the
         Frank, George,     2004 HB 16         State for their adoption or     2/3 - Hearing
         Glass,             2005 HB 1220       rejection.                      2/10 at 1:00 p.m.
         Haddaway-          2006 HB 48                                         (Judiciary)
         Riccio,            2008 HB 1345
         Hershey,           2009 HB 913                                        Senate Action
         Hough,             2010 HB 1079
         Impallaria,        2011 HB 963                                        No Action
         Jacobs,
         Jameson,           (apparently they
         Kach, K.           didn’t have the
         Kelly, Krebs,      energy in 2007)
         McComas,
         McConkey,
         McDermott,
         McDonough,


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                        MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)         TITLE             SYNOPSIS                         STATUS

         W. Miller,
         Minnick,
         Myers,
         Norman,
         O'Donnell,
         Otto, Parrott,
         Ready, Schuh,
         Schulz,
         Serafini,
         Sophocleus,
         Stifler, Stukes,
         Szeliga,
         Vitale, Weir,
         and Wood
HB 485   Delegate           Family Law -      Authorizing a party to file      House Action
         Simmons            Child Custody -   with the court a motion for
Cross-                      Interim Custody   an interim custody or            2/2 - First
filed                       or Visitation     visitation order under           Reading
SB481                       Order             specified circumstances;         Judiciary
                                              requiring a party who files a
                                              motion for an interim            2/8 - Hearing
                                              custody or visitation order to   2/23 at 1:00 p.m.
                                              file with the motion a
                                              specified certificate;           3/5 -
                                              specifying the contents of the   Unfavorable
                                              certificate; requiring the       Report by
                                              court to hold a hearing on the   Judiciary
                                              motion within 7 days after
                                              service on the opposing          Senate Action
                                              party; etc.
                                                                               2/2 - First
                                                                               Reading Judicial
                                                                               Proceedings

                                                                               2/8 - Hearing
                                                                               3/6 at 1:00 p.m.

                                                                               3/19 -
                                                                               Unfavorable
                                                                               Report by
                                                                               Judicial
                                                                               Proceedings
                                                                               Withdrawn

HB 565   Delegates          Homestead         Authorizing the Child            House Action


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                      MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)       TITLE                  SYNOPSIS                         STATUS

         Zucker,          Property Tax           Support Enforcement
Cross-   Hixson, Arora,   Credit - Eligibility   Administration to send a         2/3 - First
filed    Ivey, Kaiser,    - Child Support        specified certification to the   Reading
SB 525   Luedtke, A.      Payments               State Department of              Judiciary
         Miller,                                 Assessments and Taxation
         Mitchell, S.                            concerning specified child       2/8 - Re-
         Robinson,                               support obligors; requiring      assigned Ways
         Rosenberg,                              the Administration to            and Means
         Ross, Stukes,                           conduct an investigation and
         Summers,                                notify the obligor of the        2/9 - Hearing
         Vaughn,                                 outcome; requiring the           2/28 at 1:00 p.m.
         Vitale, and                             Department to revoke the
         Walker                                  homestead property tax           Senate Action
                                                 credit of certain homeowners
                                                 under specified                  2/3 - First
                                                 circumstances; etc.              Reading Budget
                                                                                  and Taxation

                                                                                  2/8 - Hearing
                                                                                  3/7 at 1:00 p.m.

HB 617   Delegates        Education -            Repealing the requirement        House Action
         Hough, Afzali,   Informal Kinship       that specified supporting
Cross-   Hogan, and       Care -                 documentation accompany          2/6 - First
filed    Schulz           Documentation          an affidavit verifying to a      Reading Ways
SB 178                    Supporting             county superintendant of         and Means
                          Affidavit - Repeal     schools that a child is living
                                                 in an informal kinship care      2/8 - Hearing
                                                 arrangement for specified        2/23 at 1:00 p.m.
                                                 school attendance purposes;
                                                 and repealing a requirement      3/19 -
                                                 that specified instructions      Favorable with
                                                 explain the necessity of and     Amendments
                                                 encourage the submission of      Report by
                                                 specified supporting             Ways and
                                                 documentation.                   Means

                                                                                  SB 178 House
                                                                                  Action

                                                                                  3/5 - First
                                                                                  Reading Ways
                                                                                  and Means

                                                                                  Senate Action


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                       MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)        TITLE             SYNOPSIS                       STATUS


                                                                            1/20 - First
                                                                            Reading
                                                                            Education
                                                                            Health and
                                                                            Environmental
                                                                            Affairs

                                                                            1/25 - Hearing
                                                                            2/1 at 2:15 p.m.

                                                                            2/28 - Favorable
                                                                            with
                                                                            Amendments
                                                                            Report by
                                                                            Education
                                                                            Health and
                                                                            Environmental
                                                                            Affairs

                                                                            2/29 - Favorable
                                                                            with
                                                                            Amendments
                                                                            {504333/1
                                                                            Report Adopted
                                                                            Second Reading
                                                                            Passed with
                                                                            Amendments

                                                                            3/2 - Third
                                                                            Reading Passed
                                                                            (47-0)

HB 651   Delegate          Child Support -   Establishing that child        House Action
         Waldstreicher     Incarcerated      support payments are not
Cross-   (By Request -     Obligors -        past due and arrearages may    2/8 - First
filed    Task Force on     Suspension of     not accrue during any period   Reading
SB 720   Prisoner          Payments and      when the obligor is            Judiciary
         Reentry) and      Accrual of        incarcerated and for a         Hearing 3/1 at
         Delegates         Arrearages        specified period after the     1:00 p.m.
         Anderson,                           obligor's release from
         Barnes, Carter,                     confinement under specified    3/19 -
         Clippinger,                         circumstances; authorizing     Favorable
         Dumais,                             the Child Support              Report by
         Gaines,                             Enforcement Administration     Judiciary


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                        MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)      TITLE              SYNOPSIS                       STATUS

         Haynes,                            to adjust an incarcerated
         Hough, Ivey,                       obligor's payment account in Senate Action
         McIntosh,                          specified cases to reflect the
         Pena-Melnyk,                       suspension of the accrual of   2/3 - First
         Proctor,                           arrearages under the Act; etc. Reading Judicial
         Rosenberg,                                                        Proceedings
         Ross,
         Simmons, V.                                                       2/8 - Hearing
         Turner,                                                           3/6 at 1:00 p.m.
         Valderrama,
         and
         Washington
HB 673   Delegates       Family Law -       Providing that for purposes    House Action
         Simmons,        Grounds for        of granting a limited or an
Cross-   Dumais, and     Divorce            absolute divorce, parties      2/8 - First
filed    Kramer                             shall be considered to be      Reading
SB 334                   Prior Year         living separate and apart      Judiciary
                         Introduction As:   without cohabitation even if   Hearing 2/23 at
                                            the parties share living       1:00 p.m.
                         2011 HB 403        expenses and a residence, as
                                            long as the parties maintain   Senate Action
                                            separate bedrooms.
                                                                           1/27 - First
                                                                           Reading Judicial
                                                                           Proceedings
                                                                           Hearing 2/9 at
                                                                           1:00 p.m.

                                                                           3/6 - Favorable
                                                                           with
                                                                           Amendments
                                                                           Report by
                                                                           Judicial
                                                                           Proceedings

                                                                           3/7 - Favorable
                                                                           with
                                                                           Amendments
                                                                           {578377/1
                                                                           Report Adopted
                                                                           Second Reading
                                                                           Passed with
                                                                           Amendments

                                                                           3/9 - Third


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                      MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)    TITLE            SYNOPSIS                           STATUS

                                                                           Reading Passed
                                                                           (39-5)

HB 728   Delegate      Constitutional   Adding a new section to the        House Action
         Dwyer         Amendment –      Maryland Constitution to
                       Maryland         establish that only a marriage     2/8 - First
                       Marriage         between a man and a woman          Reading
                       Protection Act   is valid in the State; and         Judiciary &
                                        submitting the amendment to        Health and
                                        the qualified voters of the        Government
                                        State for their adoption or        Operations
                                        rejection.                         Hearing 2/10 at
                                                                           1:00 p.m.
                                                                           (Judiciary)

                                                                           Senate Action

                                                                           No Action

HB 761   Delegate      Family Law -     Altering the circumstances         House Action
         Dumais        Grandparent      under which an equity court
                       Visitation       may grant visitation rights to     2/9 - First
                                        a grandparent of a child.          Reading
                                        Partial:                           Judiciary
                                        Change to FL § 9–102.              Hearing 2/23 at
                                        (A) An equity court may:           1:00 p.m.
                                        (1) consider a petition for
                                        reasonable visitation of a         Senate Action
                                        grandchild by a grandparent;
                                        and                                No Action
                                        (2) [if the court finds it to be
                                        in the best interests of the
                                        child,] grant visitation rights
                                        to the grandparent IF THE
                                        COURT FINDS BY A
                                        PREPONDERANCE OF
                                        THE EVIDENCE THAT:
                                        (I) VISITATION WITH
                                        THE GRANDPARENT IS
                                        IN THE BEST INTERESTS
                                        OF THE CHILD; AND
                                        (II) 1. THE CHILD’S
                                        HEALTH OR WELFARE
                                        WILL BE HARMED IF
                                        VISITATION TO THE


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BILL #   SPONSOR(S)       TITLE               SYNOPSIS                         STATUS

                                              GRANDPARENT IS
                                              DENIED; OR
                                              2. OTHER
                                              EXTRAORDINARY
                                              CIRCUMSTANCES EXIST.

HB 769   Chair,           Unemployment        Prohibiting the Secretary of     House Action
         Economic         Insurance -         Labor, Licensing, and
Cross-   Matters          Coverage -          Regulation from charging         2/9 - First
filed    Committee        Victims of          specified unemployment           Reading
SB 291   (By Request -    Domestic Violence   insurance benefits against the   Economic
         Departmental -                       earned rating record of an       Matters
         Labor,                               employing unit; authorizing
         Licensing and                        the Secretary to find that a     2/14 - Hearing
         Regulation)                          cause of voluntarily leaving     2/29 at 1:00 p.m.
                                              employment is good cause if
                                              it is directly attributable to   Senate Action
                                              the individual or individual's
                                              immediate family member          1/26 - First
                                              being a victim of domestic       Reading Finance
                                              violence and the individual
                                              provides specified               2/1 - Hearing
                                              information; providing that      2/21 at 1:00 p.m.
                                              specified information
                                              provided to the Secretary is     3/16 -
                                              confidential; etc.               Favorable with
                                                                               Amendments
                                                                               Report by
                                                                               Finance

HB 823   Delegate         Orphans' Court -    Altering the authority of an     House Action
         Waldstreicher    Minor -             orphans' court to exercise
Cross-                    Guardianship of     jurisdiction over                2/9 - First
filed                     the Person          guardianship of the person of    Reading
SB 416                                        a minor by repealing a           Judiciary
                                              specified requirement that       Hearing 3/7 at
                                              the presiding judge of the       1:00 p.m.
                                              orphans' court be a member
                                              of the Bar of Maryland;          Senate Action
                                              providing that an orphans'
                                              court may exercise               2/1 - First
                                              jurisdiction over                Reading Judicial
                                              guardianship of the person of    Proceedings
                                              a minor in uncontested
                                              matters; and applying the        2/8 - Hearing


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BILL #   SPONSOR(S)       TITLE                SYNOPSIS                        STATUS

                                               Act prospectively.              3/8 at 1:00 p.m.

HB 873   Delegates        Assisted             Authorizing intended            House Action
         Pena-Melnyk,     Reproduction         parents, gamete donors, and
Cross-   Costa,           Agreements -         a prospective gestational       2/9 - First
filed    Cullison,        Court Approval,      carrier to enter into a         Reading
SB 508   Hubbard, A.      Notice, and          specified gestational           Judiciary
         Kelly, Kipke,    Required Records     agreement under specified
         Nathan-                               circumstances; authorizing a    2/10 - Hearing
         Pulliam, Oaks,                        gestational agreement to        2/23 at 1:00 p.m.
         and V. Turner                         contain specified provisions;
                                               requiring a provider to         Senate Action
                                               provide each participant
                                               involved in an assisted         2/3 - First
                                               reproduction with a specified   Reading Judicial
                                               notice containing specified     Proceedings
                                               information; etc.
                                                                               2/8 - Hearing
                                                                               3/6 at 1:00 p.m.

                                                                               3/19 -
                                                                               Unfavorable
                                                                               Report by
                                                                               Judicial
                                                                               Proceedings

HB 883   Delegates       Family Law -          Authorizing a judge, in a       House Action
         Glass,          Protective Orders     final protective order, to
Cross-   Braveboy,       - Additional Relief   order the respondent to         2/9 - First
filed    Dwyer, Frush,                         remain a specified distance     Reading
SB 561   Hixson,                               away from the residence,        Judiciary
         Hough,                                place of employment, school,    Hearing 2/23 at
         Howard, Ivey,                         or temporary residence of a     1:00 p.m.
         Jacobs, Kaiser,                       person eligible for relief.
         McComas,                                                              3/5 - Favorable
         McDonough,                                                            Report by
         A. Miller,                                                            Judiciary
         Ready,
         Rosenberg,                                                            3/6 - Favorable
         Ross, Schulz,                                                         Report Adopted
         Serafini,                                                             Second Reading
         Stocksdale,                                                           Passed
         Stukes, and
         Vitale                                                                3/8 - Third
                                                                               Reading Passed


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                        MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)      TITLE                 SYNOPSIS                          STATUS

                                                                                 (135-0)

                                                                                 Senate Action

                                                                                 2/3 - First
                                                                                 Reading Judicial
                                                                                 Proceedings

                                                                                 2/8 - Hearing
                                                                                 3/6 at 1:00 p.m.

                                                                                 3/19 -
                                                                                 Unfavorable
                                                                                 Report by
                                                                                 Judicial
                                                                                 Proceedings

HB 963   Delegate        Estates and Trusts    Requiring an appeal from a        House Action
         Dumais          - Appeal from         final judgment of an orphans'
                         Orphans' Court        court to be to a circuit court;   2/10 - First
                         and Jurisdiction of   requiring an appeal to a          Reading
                         Circuit Court         circuit court from a final        Judiciary
                                               judgment of an orphans'
                                               court to be heard on the          2/9 - Hearing
                                               record made in the orphans'       3/7 at 1:00 p.m.
                                               court rather than be heard de
                                               novo; providing that              2/28 - Hearing
                                               specified parties may elect to    cancelled
                                               file specified cases in, or
                                               transfer specified cases to, a    3/5 -
                                               circuit court; and providing      Unfavorable
                                               for the prospective               Report by
                                               application of the Act.           Judiciary
                                                                                 Withdrawn

                                                                                 Senate Action

                                                                                 No Action
HB 967   Delegates       Pregnancy             Requiring a hospital or           House Action
         Kach, DeBoy,    Outcomes -            facility in which a pregnancy
Cross-   Donoghue,       Confidential          is terminated to report the       2/10 - First
filed    Elliott, and    Statistical           pregnancy termination to the      Reading Health
SB 427   Wood            Reporting             Department of Health and          and Government
                         Requirements          Mental Hygiene; requiring a       Operations
                                               physician who provides


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BILL #    SPONSOR(S)       TITLE               SYNOPSIS                         STATUS

                                               specified medical care to        2/22 - Hearing
                                               submit a specified report to     3/20 at 1:00 p.m.
                                               the Department; requiring
                                               the Department to submit a       Senate Action
                                               specified annual report to the
                                               Governor and General             2/2 - First
                                               Assembly; providing for          Reading Finance
                                               specified penalties; requiring
                                               the Department to adopt
                                               specified regulations; etc.

HB 986    Delegates        Family Law -        Providing that a person who      House Action
          Alston, Arora,   Child Support -     has attained the age of 18
          Bobo,            Age of Majority -   years and is enrolled in an      2/10 - First
          Braveboy,        Postsecondary       institution of postsecondary     Reading
          Burns, Carter,   Education           education has the right to       Judiciary
          Davis, DeBoy,                        receive support and              Hearing 2/23 at
          Dumais,                              maintenance from both of         1:00 p.m.
          Eckardt,         Prior Year          the person's parents until the
          Frush, Gaines,   Introduction As:    person dies, marries, is         3/8 -
          Glenn,                               emancipated, graduates from      Unfavorable
          Guzzone,         2005 HB 132         or is no longer enrolled in an   Report by
          Harrison,        2011 HB 1272        institution of postsecondary     Judiciary
          Holmes,                              education, or attains the age
          Howard, Ivey,                        of 21 years.                     Senate Action
          James, Kaiser,
          A. Kelly,                                                             No Action
          McDermott,
          A. Miller,
          Nathan-
          Pulliam, Oaks,
          Pena-Melnyk,
          Proctor, B.
          Robinson,
          Ross, Smigiel,
          V. Turner,
          Valentino-
          Smith,
          Vaughn, and
          Wilson
HB 1010   Delegates        Family Law -        Excluding specified wages        House Action
          McConkey         Child Support -     received from overtime work
          and Vitale       Definition of       or a second job from the         2/10 - First
                           Actual Income       definition of "actual income"    Reading
                                               for the purposes of              Judiciary


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BILL #    SPONSOR(S)        TITLE               SYNOPSIS                        STATUS

                                                calculating child support.      Hearing 2/23 at
                            Prior Year                                          1:00 p.m.
                            Introduction As:
                                                                                3/5 -
                            2011 HB 35                                          Unfavorable
                                                                                Report by
                                                                                Judiciary

                                                                                Senate Action

                                                                                No Action

HB 1146   Delegates         Domestically        Requiring the court, on         House Action
          Dumais,           Related Crimes -    request of the State's
Cross-    Simmons,          Reporting           Attorney, to determine          2/10 - First
filed     Anderson,                             whether a crime for which a     Reading
SB 647    Arora, Barnes,                        defendant is convicted or       Judiciary
          Clippinger,                           receives a probation before     Hearing 2/23 at
          Glenn, Hough,                         judgment disposition is a       1:00 p.m.
          K. Kelly,                             domestically related crime;
          Krebs, Lee,                           requiring the State to bear     3/19 -
          McComas,                              the burden of proving by a      Favorable with
          McDermott,                            preponderance of the            Amendments
          Mitchell, and                         evidence that the crime is a    Report by
          Waldstreicher                         domestically related crime;     Judiciary
                                                requiring a finding by the
                                                court that a crime is a         Senate Action
                                                domestically related crime to
                                                become part of the court        2/3 - First
                                                record for specified            Reading Judicial
                                                purposes; etc.                  Proceedings

                                                                                2/8 - Hearing
                                                                                3/6 at 1:00 p.m.

HB 1160   Charles           Family Law –        Extending the duration of a     House Action
          County            Temporary Peace     temporary peace order or a
          Delegation        and Protective      temporary protective order      2/10 - First
                            Orders – Duration   under specified                 Reading
                                                circumstances.                  Judiciary
                                                                                Hearing 2/23 at
                                                                                1:00 p.m.

                                                                                3/8 - Favorable
                                                                                with


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BILL #    SPONSOR(S)        TITLE             SYNOPSIS                        STATUS

                                                                              Amendments
                                                                              Report by
                                                                              Judiciary

                                                                              3/9 - Favorable
                                                                              with
                                                                              Amendments
                                                                              {332213/1
                                                                              Report Adopted
                                                                              Second Reading
                                                                              Passed with
                                                                              Amendments

                                                                              3/13 - Third
                                                                              Reading Passed
                                                                              (137-0)

                                                                              Senate Action

                                                                              No Action

HB 1165   Delegates         Commission on     FOR the purpose of              House Action
          Dumais,           Child Custody     establishing the Commission
          McComas,          Decision Making   on Child Custody Decision       2/10 - First
          Alston,                             Making; providing for the       Reading
          Anderson,                           composition, chair, and         Judiciary
          Arora, Carter,                      staffing of the Commission;     Hearing 2/23 at
          Clippinger,                         prohibiting a member of the     1:00 p.m.
          Cluster,                            Commission from receiving
          Conaway,                            certain compensation, but       Senate Action
          Hough, K.                           authorizing the
          Kelly, Lee,                         reimbursement of certain        3/14 - First
          McDermott,                          expenses; requiring the         Reading Judicial
          Mitchell,                           Commission to perform           Proceedings
          Simmons,                            certain duties; requiring the
          Smigiel,                            Commission to submit
          Valderrama,                         certain reports to the
          Valentino-                          Governor and the General
          Smith,                              Assembly on or before
          Vallario, and                       certain dates; providing for
          Waldstreicher                       the termination of this Act;
                                              and generally relating to the
                                              Commission on Child
                                              Custody Decision Making.



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                       MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #    SPONSOR(S)    TITLE              SYNOPSIS                        STATUS

HB 1239   Delegate      Family Law –       Requiring that one question     House Action
          Alston        Definition of      with three options be placed
                        Marriage           on the ballot at the general    2/10 - First
                                           election in November 2012       Reading
                                           to determine the sense of the   Judiciary &
                                           voters in the State on the      Health and
                                           legal definition of marriage;   Government
                                           instructing the voters to       Operations
                                           choose one of the three         Hearing 2/10 at
                                           options relating to which       1:00 p.m.
                                           marriages should be valid in    (Judiciary)
                                           the State; providing that the
                                           vote on the question is         Senate Action
                                           advisory only; and providing
                                           for the carrying out of the     No Action
                                           straw ballot.

                                           “Do you favor: (a) the
                                           enactment of a law providing
                                           that the marriage of two
                                           individuals of the same sex
                                           who are not otherwise
                                           prohibited by law from
                                           marrying is valid in
                                           Maryland?; (b) the
                                           continuation of the current
                                           law providing that only a
                                           marriage between a man and
                                           a woman is valid in
                                           Maryland?; or (c) the repeal
                                           of the law prohibiting
                                           bigamy and the enactment of
                                           a law providing that the
                                           marriage of any number of
                                           individuals of the same or
                                           opposite sex who are not
                                           otherwise prohibited by law
                                           from marrying is valid in
                                           Maryland?

SB 48     Baltimore     Baltimore County   Proposing an amendment to       Senate Action
          County        - Orphans' Court   the Maryland Constitution to
          Senators      Judges –           change the qualifications for   2/17 - Third
                        Qualifications     judges of the Orphans' Court    Reading Passed
                                           for Baltimore County;           (46-0)


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                      MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)       TITLE                SYNOPSIS                         STATUS

                                               requiring judges of the
                          Prior Year           Orphans' Court for Baltimore     House Action
                          Introduction As:     County to have been
                                               admitted to practice law in      2/16 - First
                          1011 SB 832          the State and be members in      Reading
                                               good standing of the             Judiciary
                                               Maryland Bar; and
                                               submitting this amendment
                                               to the qualified voters of the
                                               State for their adoption or
                                               rejection.

SB 71    Senator Kelley   Health - General -   Prohibiting a person from        Senate Action
                          Posthumous Use       using sperm or eggs from a
Cross-                    of Donor Sperm       known donor after the            1/16 - First
filed                     and Eggs             donor's death for the purpose    Reading Finance
HB 101                                         of assisted reproduction
                                               without the prior consent of     1/20 - Hearing
                                               the donor; establishing          2/1 at 2:00 p.m.
                                               requirements for a valid
                                               consent; and establishing        2/20 - Favorable
                                               penalties for a violation of     with
                                               the Act.                         Amendments
                                                                                Report by
                                                                                Finance

                                                                                2/21 -
                                                                                Favorable with
                                                                                Amendments
                                                                                {837672/1 -
                                                                                Report Adopted
                                                                                Special Order
                                                                                until 2/24
                                                                                (Senator Reilly)
                                                                                Adopted

                                                                                2/24 - Special
                                                                                Order until 2/29
                                                                                (Senator Getty)
                                                                                Adopted

                                                                                3/1 - Floor
                                                                                Committee
                                                                                Amendment
                                                                                (Judicial


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                      MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)    TITLE            SYNOPSIS          STATUS

                                                          Proceedings)
                                                          {748976/1
                                                          Adopted Second
                                                          Reading Passed
                                                          with
                                                          Amendments

                                                          3/5 - Third
                                                          Reading Passed
                                                          (44-1)

                                                          House Action

                                                          1/19 - First
                                                          Reading Health
                                                          and Government
                                                          Operations

                                                          1/25 - Hearing
                                                          1/31 at 1:00 p.m.

                                                          1/27 - Hearing
                                                          cancelled

                                                          2/1 - Hearing
                                                          2/7 at 1:30 p.m.

                                                          3/13 - Favorable
                                                          with
                                                          Amendments
                                                          Report by
                                                          Health and
                                                          Government
                                                          Operations

                                                          3/14 -
                                                          Favorable with
                                                          Amendments
                                                          {936181/1
                                                          Report Adopted
                                                          Special Order
                                                          until 3/15
                                                          (Delegate
                                                          Healey)
                                                          Adopted


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BILL #   SPONSOR(S)        TITLE              SYNOPSIS                        STATUS


                                                                              3/15- Special
                                                                              Order until 3/16
                                                                              (Delegate
                                                                              Valentino-
                                                                              Smith) Adopted

                                                                              3/16 - Special
                                                                              Order until 3/20
                                                                              (Delegate Pena-
                                                                              Melnyk)
                                                                              Adopted

                                                                              SB 71 House
                                                                              Action

                                                                              3/6 - First
                                                                              Reading Health
                                                                              and Government
                                                                              Operations

                                                                              3/7 - Hearing
                                                                              3/27 at 1:00 p.m.

SB 81    Senator Zirkin    Baltimore County   Proposing an amendment to       Senate Action
                           - Orphans' Court   the Maryland Constitution to
                           Judges -           prescribe different             2/14 -
                           Qualifications     qualifications for judges of    Unfavorable
                                              the Orphans' Court for          Report by
                                              Baltimore County; requiring     Judicial
                                              judges of the Orphans' Court    Proceedings
                                              for Baltimore County to have    Withdrawn
                                              been admitted to practice law
                                              in the State and be members     House Action
                                              in good standing of the
                                              Maryland Bar; and               No Action
                                              submitting the amendment to
                                              the qualified voters of the
                                              State for their adoption or
                                              rejection.

SB 107   Senators          Criminal Law -     Prohibiting a person from      Senate Action
         Brochin and       Electronic         making a specified electronic
         Peters            Harassment -       communication with the         1/18 - First
                           Penalties          intent to terrify, intimidate, Reading Judicial


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                          MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)        TITLE               SYNOPSIS                        STATUS

                                               or harass another person, or    Proceedings
                                               place another person in         Hearing 2/2 at
                                               reasonable fear of injury or    1:00 p.m.
                                               physical harm to that person
                                               or the property of that         House Action
                                               person; establishing
                                               penalties; providing for the    No Action
                                               application of the Act; etc.

SB 168   Senators          Criminal            Making victims of domestic      Senate Action
         Brochin,          Procedure -         violence who are eligible for
         Forehand,         Victim's            an award as the result of an    1/20 - First
         Frosh, Jacobs,    Compensation -      injury resulting from a         Reading Judicial
         Ramirez,          Temporary           specified domestic violence     Proceedings
         Raskin, and       Lodging for         incident and who sought
         Stone             Domestic Violence   temporary lodging to avoid      1/24 - Hearing
                           Victims             further injury eligible to      2/8 at 1:00 p.m.
                                               receive an award from the
                           Prior year          Criminal Injuries               3/12 - Favorable
                           introduced as:      Compensation Fund for           Report by
                                               reasonable costs of up to 14    Judicial
                           2010 SB 123         days of temporary lodging.      Proceedings
                           2011 SB 50
                                                                               3/13 - Favorable
                                                                               Special Order
                                                                               until 3/14
                                                                               (Senator Pipkin)
                                                                               Adopted

                                                                               3/14 -
                                                                               Favorable
                                                                               Report
                                                                               Adopted
                                                                               Second
                                                                               Reading Passed

                                                                               House Action

                                                                               No Action
SB 175   Senators          Crimes -            Changing the prohibition        Senate Action
         Raskin,           Electronic          against using electronic mail
Cross-   Forehand,         Communication -     with the intent to harass to    1/20 - First
filed    Getty, Jacobs,    Harassment          prohibit engaging in            Reading Judicial
HB 8     Shank, and                            electronic communication        Proceedings
         Stone                                 with the intent to harass;


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                      MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)    TITLE            SYNOPSIS                         STATUS

                                        changing the defined term        1/24 - Hearing
                                        "electronic mail" to             2/2 at 1:00 p.m.
                                        "electronic communication"
                                        and altering the definition;     3/12 - Favorable
                                        and establishing penalties for   with
                                        a second or subsequent           Amendments
                                        violation of the Act.            Report by
                                                                         Judicial
                                                                         Proceedings

                                                                         3/13 - Favorable
                                                                         with
                                                                         Amendments
                                                                         {168979/1
                                                                          Laid Over
                                                                         (Senator Pipkin)
                                                                         Adopted

                                                                         3/14 -
                                                                         Favorable with
                                                                         Amendments
                                                                         {168979/1
                                                                         Report
                                                                         Adopted
                                                                         Floor
                                                                         Amendment
                                                                         (Senator
                                                                         Simonaire)
                                                                         {583326/1
                                                                         Adopted
                                                                         Second
                                                                         Reading Passed
                                                                         with
                                                                         Amendments

                                                                         House Action

                                                                         8/2 - Pre-filed

                                                                         1/11 - First
                                                                         Reading
                                                                         Judiciary

                                                                         1/4 - Hearing
                                                                         1/19 at 1:00 p.m.


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                      MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)    TITLE                SYNOPSIS                         STATUS


                                                                             2/20 -
                                                                             Favorable with
                                                                             Amendments
                                                                             Report by
                                                                             Judiciary

                                                                             2/21 -
                                                                             Favorable with
                                                                             Amendments
                                                                             {992411/1
                                                                             Report Adopted

                                                                             Second
                                                                             Reading Passed
                                                                             with
                                                                             Amendments

SB 178   Senators      Education -          Repealing the requirement        Senate Action
         Jacobs and    Informal Kinship     that specified supporting
Cross-   Montgomery    Care -               documentation accompany          1/20 - First
filed                  Documentation        an affidavit verifying to a      Reading
HB 617                 Supporting           county superintendant of         Education
                       Affidavit - Repeal   schools that a child is living   Health and
                                            in an informal kinship care      Environmental
                                            arrangement for specified        Affairs
                                            school attendance purposes;
                                            and repealing a requirement      1/25 - Hearing
                                            that specified instructions      2/1 at 2:15 p.m.
                                            explain the necessity of and
                                            encourage the submission of      2/28 - Favorable
                                            specified supporting             with
                                            documentation.                   Amendments
                                                                             Report by
                                                                             Education
                                                                             Health and
                                                                             Environmental
                                                                             Affairs

                                                                             2/29 - Favorable
                                                                             with
                                                                             Amendments
                                                                             {504333/1
                                                                             Report Adopted
                                                                             Second Reading


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                       MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)     TITLE                SYNOPSIS                         STATUS

                                                                              Passed with
                                                                              Amendments

                                                                              3/2 - Third
                                                                              Reading Passed
                                                                              (47-0)

                                                                              House Action

                                                                              2/6 - First
                                                                              Reading Ways
                                                                              and Means

                                                                              2/8 - Hearing
                                                                              2/23 at 1:00 p.m.

                                                                              SB 178 House
                                                                              Action

                                                                              SB 178 House
                                                                              Action

                                                                              3/5 - First
                                                                              Reading Ways
                                                                              and Means

SB 212   Senators       Human Relations -    Prohibiting discrimination       Senate Action
         Raskin,        Sexual Orientation   based on gender identity
         Madaleno,      and Gender           with regard to public            1/20 - First
         Gladden,       Identity Anti-       accommodations, housing,         Reading Judicial
         Manno,         discrimination       and employment and by            Proceedings
         Montgomery,                         specified licensed or
         Pinsky, and                         regulated persons;               2/8 - Hearing
         Pugh                                prohibiting discrimination       2/28 at 1:00 p.m.
                                             based on sexual orientation
                                             or gender identity with          House Action
                                             regard to commercial
                                             leasing; altering an exception   No Action
                                             for employers relating to
                                             standards concerning dress
                                             and grooming; providing
                                             specified immunity;
                                             requiring State personnel
                                             actions to be made without
                                             regard to gender identity or


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                      MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)       TITLE               SYNOPSIS                         STATUS

                                              sexual orientation; defining
                                              the term "gender identity";
                                              etc.

SB 216   Senator Kelley   Family Law -        Repealing the requirement        Senate Action
                          Marriage Licenses   that a marriage license be
Cross-                    and Ceremonies      issued by the clerk for the      1/20 - First
filed                                         county in which the marriage     Reading Judicial
                                              is performed; authorizing a      Proceedings
HB 164                                        clerk of any county of the
                                              State to issue a marriage        1/24 - Hearing
                                              license; etc.                    2/9 at 1:00 p.m.

                                                                               2/20 -
                                                                               Unfavorable
                                                                               Report by
                                                                               Judicial
                                                                               Proceedings

                                                                               House Action

                                                                               1/24 - First
                                                                               Reading
                                                                               Judiciary

                                                                               1/25 - Hearing
                                                                               2/2 at 1:00 p.m.

                                                                               1/26 - Hearing
                                                                               cancelled

                                                                               2/27 -
                                                                               Unfavorable
                                                                               Report by
                                                                               Judiciary
                                                                               Withdrawn

SB 241   The President Civil Marriage         Altering a provision of law      House Action
         By Request –   Protection Act        to establish that only a
Cross-   Administration                       marriage between two             2/17 - Third
filed    and Senators                         individuals who are not          Reading Passed
HB 438   Ferguson,                            otherwise prohibited from        (72-67)
         Forehand,                            marrying is valid in this
         Frosh,                               State; prohibiting an official   Senate Action
         Garagiola,                           of a religious order or body


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                          MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)        TITLE            SYNOPSIS                          STATUS

         Gladden,                           authorized to perform a            2/23 - Third
         Jones–                             marriage ceremony from            Reading Passed
         Rodwell,                           being required to solemnize       (25-22)
         Kelley, King,                      or officiate a particular
         Kittleman,                         marriage or religious rite of a   Action after
         Madaleno,                          marriage in violation of the      passage in
         Manno,                             constitutional right to free      House and
         McFadden,                          exercise of religion; etc.        Senate
         Montgomery,
         Pinsky, Pugh,                                                        3/1 - Approved
         Ramirez,                                                             by the
         Raskin,                                                              Governor
         Robey, Young,
         and Zirkin

SB 280   Chair,            Task Force to    For the purpose of                Senate Action
         Judiciary         Study            establishing the Task Force
Cross-   Committee         Implementing a   to Study Implementing a           1/26 - First
filed    (By Request -     Civil Right to   Civil Right to Counsel in         Reading Judicial
HB 265   Maryland          Counsel in       Maryland; providing for the       Proceedings
         Judicial          Maryland         composition, chair, and
         Conference)                        staffing of the Task Force;       1/27 - Hearing
                                            prohibiting a member of the       2/9 at 1:00 p.m.
                                            Task Force from receiving
                                            certain compensation, but         3/12 -
                                            authorizing the                   Unfavorable
                                            reimbursement of certain          Report by
                                            expenses; requiring the Task      Judicial
                                            Force to study and make           Proceedings
                                            recommendations regarding
                                            certain matters; requiring the    House Action
                                            Task Force to report its
                                            findings and                      1/27 - First
                                            recommendations to certain        Reading
                                            public officials on or before     Judiciary
                                            a certain date; providing for     Hearing 2/15 at
                                            the termination of this Act;      1:00 p.m.
                                            and generally relating to the
                                            Task Force to Study               3/19 -
                                            Implementing a Civil Right        Unfavorable
                                            to Counsel in Maryland.           Report by
                                                                              Judiciary
                                                                              Withdrawn

SB 291   Chair, Finance    Unemployment     Prohibiting the Secretary of      Senate Action


                                                                                          33
                            MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #     SPONSOR(S)        TITLE               SYNOPSIS                         STATUS

           Committee         Insurance -         Labor, Licensing, and
Cross-     (By Request -     Coverage -          Regulation from charging         1/26 - First
filed HB   Departmental -    Victims of          specified unemployment           Reading Finance
769        Labor,            Domestic Violence   insurance benefits against the
           Licensing and                         earned rating record of an       2/1 - Hearing
           Regulation)                           employing unit; authorizing      2/21 at 1:00 p.m.
                                                 the Secretary to find that a
                                                 cause of voluntarily leaving     3/16 -
                                                 employment is good cause if      Favorable with
                                                 it is directly attributable to   Amendments
                                                 the individual or individual's   Report by
                                                 immediate family member          Finance
                                                 being a victim of domestic
                                                 violence and the individual      House Action
                                                 provides specified
                                                 information; providing that      2/9 - First
                                                 specified information            Reading
                                                 provided to the Secretary is     Economic
                                                 confidential; etc.               Matters

                                                                                  2/14 - Hearing
                                                                                  2/29 at 1:00 p.m.

SB 334     Senator Zirkin    Family Law -        Providing that for purposes      Senate Action
                             Grounds for         of granting a limited or an
Cross-                       Divorce             absolute divorce, parties        1/27 - First
filed                                            shall be considered to be        Reading Judicial
HB 673                                           living separate and apart        Proceedings
                                                 without cohabitation even if     Hearing 2/9 at
                                                 the parties share living         1:00 p.m.
                                                 expenses and a residence, as
                                                 long as the parties maintain     3/6 - Favorable
                                                 separate bedrooms.               with
                                                                                  Amendments
                                                                                  Report by
                                                                                  Judicial
                                                                                  Proceedings

                                                                                  3/7 - Favorable
                                                                                  with
                                                                                  Amendments
                                                                                  {578377/1
                                                                                  Report Adopted
                                                                                  Second Reading
                                                                                  Passed with


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                        MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)      TITLE                SYNOPSIS                           STATUS

                                                                                 Amendments

                                                                                 3/9 - Third
                                                                                 Reading Passed
                                                                                 (39-5)

                                                                                 House Action

                                                                                 2/8 - First
                                                                                 Reading
                                                                                 Judiciary
                                                                                 Hearing 2/23 at
                                                                                 1:00 p.m.

SB 359   Senators        Domestic Violence    Altering, for specified            Senate Action
         Shank,          - Persons Eligible   purposes relating to domestic
         Forehand,       for Relief and       violence, the definition of        1/30 - First
         Jacobs,         Orders to Vacate     "person eligible for relief" to    Reading Judicial
         Ramirez, and    Home                 include an individual              Proceedings
         Raskin                               involved in a specified
                                              intimate dating relationship       2/1 - Hearing
                                              with the respondent and an         2/15 at 1:00 p.m.
                                              individual who has had a
                                              sexual relationship with the       House Action
                                              respondent; expanding the
                                              instances in which a final         No Action
                                              protective order may order
                                              the respondent to vacate the
                                              home immediately and
                                              award temporary use and
                                              possession of the home to the
                                              person eligible for relief; etc.
SB 416   Senator         Orphans' Court -     Altering the authority of an       Senate Action
         Forehand        Minor -              orphans' court to exercise
Cross-                   Guardianship of      jurisdiction over                  2/1 - First
filed                    the Person           guardianship of the person of      Reading Judicial
HB 823                                        a minor by repealing a             Proceedings
                                              specified requirement that
                                              the presiding judge of the         2/8 - Hearing
                                              orphans' court be a member         3/8 at 1:00 p.m
                                              of the Bar of Maryland;
                                              providing that an orphans'         House Action
                                              court may exercise
                                              jurisdiction over                  2/9 - First
                                              guardianship of the person of      Reading


                                                                                               35
                           MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)         TITLE             SYNOPSIS                         STATUS

                                              a minor in uncontested           Judiciary
                                              matters; and applying the        Hearing 3/7 at
                                              Act prospectively.               1:00 p.m.

SB 427   Senators           Pregnancy         Requiring a hospital or          Senate Action
         Glassman,          Outcomes -        facility in which a pregnancy
Cross-   DeGrange,          Confidential      is terminated to report the      2/2 - First
filed    Dyson,             Statistical       pregnancy termination to the     Reading Finance
HB 967   Kittleman,         Reporting         Department of Health and
         Peters, Pipkin,    Requirements      Mental Hygiene; requiring a      House Action
         and Stone                            physician who provides
                                              specified medical care to        2/10 - First
                                              submit a specified report to     Reading Health
                                              the Department; requiring        and Government
                                              the Department to submit a       Operations
                                              specified annual report to the
                                              Governor and General             2/22 - Hearing
                                              Assembly; providing for          3/20 at 1:00 p.m.
                                              specified penalties; requiring
                                              the Department to adopt
                                              specified regulations; etc.

SB 481   Senator Zirkin     Family Law -      Authorizing a party to file      3/5 -
                            Child Custody -   with the court a motion for      Unfavorable
Cross-                      Interim Custody   an interim custody or            Report by
filed                       or Visitation     visitation order under           Judiciary
HB 485                      Order             specified circumstances;
                                              requiring a party who files a    Senate Action
                                              motion for an interim
                                              custody or visitation order to   2/2 - First
                                              file with the motion a           Reading Judicial
                                              specified certificate;           Proceedings
                                              specifying the contents of the
                                              certificate; requiring the       2/8 - Hearing
                                              court to hold a hearing on the   3/6 at 1:00 p.m.
                                              motion within 7 days after
                                              service on the opposing          3/19 -
                                              party; etc.                      Unfavorable
                                                                               Report by
                                                                               Judicial
                                                                               Proceedings
                                                                               Withdrawn

                                                                               House Action



                                                                                           36
                      MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)       TITLE                  SYNOPSIS                         STATUS

                                                                                  2/2 - First
                                                                                  Reading
                                                                                  Judiciary

                                                                                  2/8 - Hearing
                                                                                  2/23 at 1:00 p.m.

SB 508   Senator Kelley   Assisted               Authorizing intended             Senate Action
                          Reproduction           parents, gamete donors, and
Cross-                    Agreements -           a prospective gestational        2/3 - First
filed                     Court Approval,        carrier to enter into a          Reading Judicial
HB 873                    Notice, and            specified gestational            Proceedings
                          Required Records       agreement under specified
                                                 circumstances; authorizing a     2/8 - Hearing
                                                 gestational agreement to         3/6 at 1:00 p.m.
                                                 contain specified provisions;
                                                 requiring a provider to          3/19 -
                                                 provide each participant         Unfavorable
                                                 involved in an assisted          Report by
                                                 reproduction with a specified    Judicial
                                                 notice containing specified      Proceedings
                                                 information; etc.
                                                                                  House Action

                                                                                  2/9 - First
                                                                                  Reading
                                                                                  Judiciary

                                                                                  2/10 - Hearing
                                                                                  2/23 at 1:00 p.m.

SB 525   Senators King,   Homestead              Authorizing the Child            Senate Action
         Garagiola,       Property Tax           Support Enforcement
Cross-   Manno, Peters,   Credit - Eligibility   Administration to send a         2/3 - First
filed    and Robey        - Child Support        specified certification to the   Reading Budget
HB 565                    Payments               State Department of              and Taxation
                                                 Assessments and Taxation
                                                 concerning specified child       2/8 - Hearing
                                                 support obligors; requiring      3/7 at 1:00 p.m.
                                                 the Administration to
                                                 conduct an investigation and     House Action
                                                 notify the obligor of the
                                                 outcome; requiring the           2/3 - First
                                                 Department to revoke the         Reading
                                                 homestead property tax           Judiciary


                                                                                                37
                      MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)      TITLE                 SYNOPSIS                       STATUS

                                               credit of certain homeowners
                                               under specified                2/8 - Re-
                                               circumstances; etc.            assigned Ways
                                                                              and Means

                                                                              2/9 - Hearing
                                                                              2/28 at 1:00 p.m.

SB 561   Senators        Family Law -          Authorizing a judge, in a      Senate Action
         Forehand,       Protective Orders     final protective order, to
Cross-   Jacobs, Kelley, - Additional Relief   order the respondent to        2/3 - First
filed    King,                                 remain a specified distance    Reading Judicial
HB 883   Montgomery,                           away from the residence,       Proceedings
         Ramirez,                              place of employment, school,
         Raskin, and                           or temporary residence of a    2/8 - Hearing
         Stone                                 person eligible for relief.    3/6 at 1:00 p.m.

                                                                              3/19 -
                                                                              Unfavorable
                                                                              Report by
                                                                              Judicial
                                                                              Proceedings

                                                                              House Action

                                                                              2/9 - First
                                                                              Reading
                                                                              Judiciary
                                                                              Hearing 2/23 at
                                                                              1:00 p.m.

                                                                              3/5 - Favorable
                                                                              Report by
                                                                              Judiciary

                                                                              3/6 - Favorable
                                                                              Report Adopted
                                                                              Second Reading
                                                                              Passed

                                                                              3/8 - Third
                                                                              Reading Passed
                                                                              (135-0)

SB 583   Senator         Health - Medical      Requiring physicians, under    Senate Action


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                         MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)       TITLE                SYNOPSIS                        STATUS

         Simonaire        Procedures -         specified circumstances, to
                          Ultrasound           provide a pregnant woman        2/3 - First
                          Options              the opportunity to view the     Reading Finance
                                               active ultrasound image of
                                               the embryo or fetus before      House Action
                                               the performance or
                                               inducement of an abortion;      No Action
                                               and requiring a physician to
                                               allow the pregnant woman to
                                               view the ultrasound image at
                                               no additional charge.

SB 590   Senators         Maryland Health      Prohibiting a health benefit    Senate Action
         Stone,           Benefit Exchange -   plan certified by the
         DeGrange,        Abortion             Maryland Health Benefit         2/3 - First
         Dyson,           Coverage -           Exchange as a qualified         Reading Finance
         Glassman, and    Prohibition          health plan from providing
         Peters                                coverage for an abortion; and   2/29 - Hearing
                                               establishing an exception.      3/21 at 1:00 p.m.

                                                                               3/13 - Hearing
                                                                               cancelled

                                                                               3/15 -
                                                                               Unfavorable
                                                                               Report by
                                                                               Finance
                                                                               Withdrawn

                                                                               House Action

                                                                               No Action

SB 620   Senator          Family Law -         Altering a specified            Senate Action
         Jennings         Support              definition of "earnings" to
                          Enforcement -        exclude specified workers'      2/3 - First
                          Definition of        compensation payments           Reading Judicial
                          Earnings             from earnings subject to        Proceedings
                                               support enforcement cases.
                                                                               2/8 - Hearing
                                                                               3/6 at 1:00 p.m.

                                                                               House Action

                                                                               No Action


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                           MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #    SPONSOR(S)        TITLE             SYNOPSIS                         STATUS


SB 647    Senators       Domestically         Requiring the court, on          Senate Action
          Ramirez,       Related Crimes -     request of the State's
Cross-    Colburn,       Reporting            Attorney, to determine           2/3 - First
filed     Forehand,                           whether a crime for which a      Reading Judicial
HB 1146   Jacobs,                             defendant is convicted or        Proceedings
          Raskin, Shank,                      receives a probation before
          Stone, and                          judgment disposition is a        2/8 - Hearing
          Zirkin                              domestically related crime;      3/6 at 1:00 p.m.
                                              requiring the State to bear
                                              the burden of proving by a       House Action
                                              preponderance of the
                                              evidence that the crime is a     2/10 - First
                                              domestically related crime;      Reading
                                              requiring a finding by the       Judiciary
                                              court that a crime is a          Hearing 2/23 at
                                              domestically related crime to    1:00 p.m.
                                              become part of the court
                                              record for specified             3/19 -
                                              purposes; etc.                   Favorable with
                                                                               Amendments
                                                                               Report by
                                                                               Judiciary

SB 709    Senator Zirkin    Family Law -      Altering a specified ground      Senate Action
                            Grounds for       for limited divorce by
                            Divorce           authorizing a court to grant a   2/3 - First
                                              limited divorce on the           Reading Judicial
                                              ground of a voluntary            Proceedings
                                              separation if there is no
                                              reasonable expectation of        2/8 - Hearing
                                              reconciliation; repealing as a   3/6 at 1:00 p.m.
                                              prerequisite to the granting
                                              of a limited divorce on the      3/19 -
                                              ground of a voluntary            Unfavorable
                                              separation the requirement       Report by
                                              that the parties are living      Judicial
                                              separate and apart without       Proceedings
                                              cohabitation; etc.               Withdrawn

                                                                               House Action

                                                                               No Action
SB 720    Senator Zirkin    Child Support -   Establishing that child          Senate Action
          (By Request -     Incarcerated      support payments are not


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                          MD FAMILY LAW BILLS AS OF 3/18/12

BILL #   SPONSOR(S)        TITLE            SYNOPSIS                         STATUS

Cross-   Task Force on     Obligors -       past due and arrearages may      2/3 - First
filed    Prisoner          Suspension of    not accrue during any period     Reading Judicial
HB 651   Reentry) and      Payments and     when the obligor is              Proceedings
         Senator Jones-    Accrual of       incarcerated and for a
         Rodwell           Arrearages       specified period after the       2/8 - Hearing
                                            obligor's release from           3/6 at 1:00 p.m.
                                            confinement under specified
                                            circumstances; authorizing       House Action
                                            the Child Support
                                            Enforcement Administration       2/8 - First
                                            to adjust an incarcerated        Reading
                                            obligor's payment account in     Judiciary
                                            specified cases to reflect the   Hearing 3/1 at
                                            suspension of the accrual of     1:00 p.m.
                                            arrearages under the Act; etc.
                                                                             3/19 -
                                                                             Favorable
                                                                             Report by
                                                                             Judiciary




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