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Maryland Manual, 1969-70
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States. The Honorable Marvin Mandel, Speaker of the House of Dele-
gates, was elected Governor and he assumed the position on that
same day.
The General Assembly met in regular session on January 15, 1969.
The session adjourned on March 25, 1969.
A total of 2,277 bills were introduced in 1969, of which 798 were
Senate bills and 1,479 were House bills. Of the 798 Senate bills, 295
were passed by both Houses and of this latter number 289 were signed
by the Governor and 6 were vetoed. Of the 1,479 bills introduced in
the House, 539 were passed by both Houses and of this latter number
514 were signed by the Governor and 25 were vetoed.
A total of 146 joint resolutions were introduced, 60 being in the
Senate and 86 in the House. Of these totals, 20 Senate joint resolu-
tions and 27 House joint resolutions were passed by both Houses.
The budget bill enacted at this session for the fiscal year ending
June 30, 1970, amounted to approximately $1,336,537,133. The bond
construction bill passed at this session was for a total amount of
Among the most important laws enacted at the 1969 session were:
A bill revising the probate and testamentary laws of the State, a bill
providing for a general election in November, 1969, for the adoption
or rejection of amendments to the Constitution, although the act was
later declared unconstitutional by the Maryland Court of Appeals;
bills creating new Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene,
Natural Resources, State Planning, and Budget and Fiscal Planning;
a bill increasing the scope of the Human Relations Commission; a bill
increasing the rates of the Retail Sales Tax; a bill creating the Hous-
ing and Community Development Authority to develop low and mod-
erate income housing; a bill providing a contributory pension plan for
certain judges; and a bill providing an additional grounds for divorce
within the State.
A number of proposals were made to amend the Constitution of
Maryland. Among the more important were those creating the Office
of Lieutenant Governor; allowing the Governor, with the advice and
consent of the Senate, to appoint the judges of the Court of Appeals,
intermediate courts of appeals. Circuit Courts, and the Supreme Bench
of Baltimore City; and reorganization of the Executive Department,
and the extension of the annual legislative session from seventy (70)
to ninety (90) days.
Economic Affairs: James A. Pine
Executive Nominations: James Clark, Jr.
Finance: Harry R. Hughes
Judicial Proceedings: J. Joseph Curran, Jr.
Entertainment: Harry J. McGuirk
Constitution and Administrative Law: Elroy G. Boyer
Economic Matters; Raymond J. McDonough
Insurance Subcommittee; Alan M. Resnick
Labor and Management Subcommittee: Joseph J. Long
Metropolitan Affairs Subcommittee: Walter S. Orlinsky

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