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Maryland Manual, 1950
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The General Assembly has power to pass such laws as are necessary
for the welfare of the State, and in addition it has the power to pass
public local laws for counties, towns, or special taxing areas. The
General Assembly may establish such departments of the State Gov-
ernment as are necessary for its efficient operation and may establish
special taxing districts or areas within the State for the purpose of
administering a special function or functions. The General Assembly
may establish such taxes as are in accordance with the Constitution
of the State and of the United States. It may propose amendments
to the State Constitution, which must be embodied in a regular legis-
lative bill and passed by three-fifths of the total membership of each
House. All amendments to the Constitution must be submitted to the
voters at the next general election after its passage.

All bills passed by the General Assembly become Law when signed
by the Governor or passed over his veto by three-fifths of the member-
ship of each House, on the first day of June after the session in which
the Law was passed; except, (1) when a later date is specified in the
Act or (2) when the bill is declared an emergency measure and passed
by three-fifths of the total number of members of each house, at which
time the bill becomes law immediately upon its approval by the

Any bill, excepting an appropriation bill, may be submitted to a
referendum either by action of the General Assembly as provided by
the Act, or upon the petition of 10,000 qualified voters of the State of
whom not more than one-half shall be resident in Baltimore City or
in any one of the counties; excepting in cases of Public Local Laws
which shall be submitted to a referendum upon a petition of ten per-
cent of the qualified voters of the county, or of the City of Baltimore
as the case may be. No bill subject to a referendum shall be enforce-
able until approved by a majority of the voters at the election in
which the referred bill is voted upon, except an emergency bill which
shall be effective immediately but shall not be effective after thirty
days of its rejection by the voters (XVI).

The House of Delegates shall have sole power of impeachment of
any officer of the State. A bill of impeachment must be approved by
a majority of the whole number of members of the House. The Senate
shall try all impeachment cases, and a verdict of guilty must be con-
curred in by two-thirds of the total number of Senators (III, 26).
The Senate has the additional power to confirm ofiicers appointed by
the Governor as may be provided by the Constitution or by the act
creating such office.

The State Treasurer is elected by a joint ballot of both Houses
every fourth year. The General Assembly also elects the Gov-
ernor in case of a tie or ineligibility of the winning candidate; and
should the office become vacant while it is in session, then the Gen-
eral Assembly shall elect a successor. Otherwise, the President of
the Senate succeeds to the office until the next regular session.

Expenditures, 1949 ....................................................................$447,275.04

Appropriations, 1950 ........................................................... 420,653.00

Staff: 42.


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