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Proceedings and Debates of the 1967 Constitutional Convention
Volume 104, Volume 1, Debates 1391   View pdf image (33K)
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[Nov. 29] DEBATES 1391

DELEGATE DELLA: Suppose the Gen-
eral Assembly does not call itself back to
reconsider a bill? Are vetoed bills ever con-
sidered then?

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding) :
Delegate Morgan.

DELEGATE MORGAN: No.

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding) :
Delegate Della.

DELEGATE DELLA: Even when there
is a general session coming on the follow-
ing year?

DELEGATE MORGAN: That is correct.
We did this on recommendation of the legis-
lative liaison committee.

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding) :
Delegate Della.

DELEGATE DELLA: In other words,
you must have a special session of the Gen-
eral Assembly to consider vetoed messages?

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding) :
Delegate Morgan.

DELEGATE MORGAN: Certainly bills
that are vetoed after the adjournment sine
die of the regular session, that is correct.

DELEGATE DELLA: That is what I
mean.

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding) :
Delegate Hickman.

DELEGATE HICKMAN: Under section
4.21, the Department of Motor Vehicles will
be one of the principal departments. The
head is under the merit system. Would he
continue?

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding) :
Chairman Morgan.

DELEGATE MORGAN: If the com-
missioner of motor vehicles were the head
of a principal department, according to the
proposed executive article which we are
recommending, he could not be under the
merit system.

But if the Department of Motor Vehicles
were allocated within a principal depart-
ment, he would continue as a merit em-
ployee.

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding):
Delegate Hickman.

DELEGATE HICKMAN: Delegate Mor-
gan, what you are saying is that those de-
partments whose heads are under the merit
system if they are principal departments,
would no longer remain under the merit
system?

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding) :
Delegate Morgan.

DELEGATE MORGAN: If they are
designated as principal departments, that
is correct. You have the same problem with
the Welfare Department; the head of the
Welfare Department is a merit system em-
ployee. I should think that in those cases
care would be taken to make sure that
those agencies were allocated within a
principal department. For example, you
might have a department of health, wel-
fare and education, and you would not have
to disturb any of the existing .officials.

The merit system employees could stay
merit system employees and the head of
that department, I assume, would be more
or less a coordinator.

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding) :
The Chair recognizes Delegate Dorsey.

DELEGATE DORSEY: Chairman Mor-
gan, what is ^the population of Montgom-
ery County? Is it not in excess of 400,000?

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding) :
Delegate Morgan.

DELEGATE MORGAN: There are
about 460,000 at the present time.

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding):
Delegate Dorsey.

DELEGATE DORSEY: Do you know
any method under the federal Constitution
where it would be possible for Montgomery
County to organize as the 51st state and
adopt the Eney draft as a model consti-
tution and let the rest of Maryland live in
peace under the old constitution? (Laugh-
ter.)

DELEGATE J. CLARK (presiding):
The gentleman is out of order. The Chair-
man does not have to answer that.

Are there any further questions?
Delegate Grant.

DELEGATE GRANT: Getting back to
this much belabored 4.03, you indicate,
prime duties as prescribed by law, or such
duties as may be delegated by the gover-
nor.

Is it your intention in saying "prescribed
by law" to mean duties that the governor
could not delegate to him, such as duties
in the legislative branch or do you mean
duties that the governor might not delegate
to him, which would then be bestowed on
the lieutenant governor by law passed over
the governor's veto?

 

 

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