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Maryland Manual, 1967-68
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Catherine L. Beachley 1655 Prospect Street, Hagerstown 21740
E. Stuart Bushong 100 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown 21740
Vincent R. Groh 40 Summit Avenue, Hagerstown 21740
Richard Grumbacher 1151 The Terrace, Hagerstown 21740
E. Dale Adkins, Jr. Ill High Street, Salisbury 21801
Hamilton P. Fox East Main Street, Salisbury 21801
Godfrey Child 2 Winter Quarters Drive, Pocomoke City 21851
On September 12, 1967, the Constitutional Convention of Maryland
assembled in the House of Delegates chamber of the State House in
Annapolis to write a new constitution for the State of Maryland to
replace the document which had been in effect since 1867. The Con-
vention consisted of 142 delegates, elected on June 13, 1967, from the
same districts as were used in the 1966 general election for the election
of members of the House of Delegates. The calling of the Convention
was authorized by the General Assembly when it enacted Chapter BOO
of the Acts of 1966, followed by a public endorsement in a special
referendum election held on September 13, 1966.
A concentrated effort for a constitutional convention began in June,
1965, when Governor J. Millard Tawes appointed a 27-member Con-
stitutional Convention Commission to determine whether the 1867
Constitution should be revised or modified, whether a constitutional
convention should be called to revise the constitution, and, if so, to
prepare a study and recommendation with respect to such revision
and the holding of a constitutional convention. The Commission re-
ported in September, 1965, after review, that a complete revision was
necessary and desirable, and should be accomplished by means of a
constitutional convention composed of delegates elected from all parts
of the State.
The 1966 General Assembly enacted the two laws which set in
motion the machinery for the calling of a constitutional convention.
Chapter 501 of the Acts of 1966 provided for the holding of a special
referendum election on September 13, 1966, to "take the sense of the
people" on the calling of the constitutional convention to frame a new
constitution. The vote on this referendum was 160,280 in favor of a
constitutional convention and 31,680 against. A second Act, Chapter
500, provided for the calling of a convention on September 12, 1967,
should the "sense of the people" favor a convention in the September
13, 1966, election. Since the vote favoring a convention was over-
whelmingly favorable, the Commission began to prepare for a con-
stitutional convention and commenced a study of the present
The 1967 General Assembly enacted three additional acts pertaining
to a constitutional convention. Chapter I of the Acts of 1967 author-
ized and directed the Attorney General of Maryland to institute a
declaratory judgment proceeding to determine the eligibility of certain
persons to be delegates to a constitutional convention. In response to
this action and upon an appeal from the Circuit Court for Anne
Arundel County, the Court of Appeals of Maryland ruled on April 14,
1967, that the position of delegate to a constitutional convention is
not an office within the meaning of Articles 33 and 35 of the Decla-
ration of Rights or within the meaning of Section 6, Article I or
Sections II and 17 of Article III of the Constitution of Maryland.
Chapter 4 of the Acts of 1967 provided for the election of delegates
to, and the holding of a convention to frame a new constitution for

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