MARYLAND MANUAL 155
mittee on Judicial Proceedings; Harry T. Phoebus, Minority
Appointive Members: Joseph A. Bertorelli, Anthony F.
DiDomenico, Ralph L. Mason, James B. Monroe, Louis N.
Phipps, Jacob R. Ramsburg.
MEMBERS FROM THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES:
Ex-officio Members: A. Gordon Boone, Chairman, Ways
and Means Committee; Lloyd L. Simpkins, Chairman,
Judiciary Committee; Melvin H. Derr, Minority Floor Leader.
Appointive Members: C. Ray Barnes, J. Raymond Buff ing-
ton, Jr., Fred B. Driscoll, Henry H. Hanna, Jerome G.
Robinson, Perry C. Wilkinson.
Carl N. Everstine, Secretary and Research Director
City Hall, Baltimore 2 Telephone PLaza 2-2000
The Legislative Council was established by the General Assembly
in 1939. The Council consists of twenty members, ten from the
Senate and ten from the House of Delegates. The President of the
Senate, the Chairman of the Committee on Judicial Proceedings, the
Chairman of the Finance Committee, and the Minority Floor Leader
are ex-officio members from the Senate. The President of the Senate
appoints the remaining six members, at least two of whom shall be
from the minority party; the appointments are subject to approval
by majority vote of the Senate. The Speaker of the House of Dele-
gates, the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, the Chair-
man of the Judiciary Committee, and the Minority Floor Leader are
ex-officio members from the House. The Speaker appoints the remain-
ing six members, at least two of whom shall be from the minority
party; the appointments being subject to approval by majority vote
of the House. The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the
House serve as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Council
The Council meets in the interim between the regular sessions of
the General Assembly to study previously enacted laws, suggesting
any necessary amendments thereto; to recommend a program of
legislation in the form of proposed bills; and to study the rules of
both Houses of the General Assembly and suggest such revisions as
may be necessary to expedite the business of the Legislature. To
carry out these functions, the Council receives recommendations
from the various State agencies, bar associations, labor unions and
other organized groups and private individuals. Hearings are held
on legislative proposals and the Council may subpoena witnesses and
A Research Division was established for the purpose of making
legal and factual studies of legislation or proposed legislation referred
to the Division by the Council. The Division also prepares studies on
any matters which may be referred to it by any committee or com-
mission appointed by the Council, or by either or both Houses of the
General Assembly, and with the consent of the Council, by any com-
mission or committee appointed by the Governor (Code 1951, Art. 40,
Appropriations 1955 1956
General Fund ................................ $40,000 $40,000