GENERAL ASSEMBLY

JOINT COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN, YOUTH, & FAMILIES

Nancy J. King, Senate Chair (chosen by Senate President) (410) 841-3686, (301) 858-3686
Ariana B. Kelly, House Chair (chosen by House Speaker) (410) 841-3642, (301) 858-3642

Staff: Caroline L. B. Boice

c/o Office of Policy Analysis
Department of Legislative Services
Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 946-5510, (301) 970-5510; 1-800-492-7122, ext. 5510 (toll free)

In 1999, the Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families formed (Chapter 362, Acts of 1999).

By investigating what factors jeopardize the condition of the State's children, youth, and families, and by identifying what State policies and actions might benefit them, the Committee is able to recommend new laws, regulations, and budget priorities to improve children's well-being. While particularly concerned with early education, the Committee also works to coordinate State efforts to improve the health, education, safety, and economic well-being of children in Maryland. In addition, the Committee searches out and makes recommendations to remedy any interdepartment gaps, inconsistencies, or inefficiency in services to children and their families; and works to inform the Legislature and the general public of issues concerning the special needs of children, youth, and families.

The Committee consists of twenty members: ten from the Senate, and ten from the House of Delegates (Chapter 491, Acts of 2002; Chapter 64, Acts of 2009; Code State Government Article, sec. 2-10A-06).

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