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Maryland Manual, 1979-80
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TION, J. Francis Fatkin, Secretary, Route I, Box
702, Frostburg 21532. The funds appropriated
represent the State's contribution to pensions that
may be paid to volunteer firemen or to their fami-
lies in certain instances and to provide education-
al benefits to the children of deceased or disabled
volunteer firemen (Code 1957, Art. 38A).
Appropriations: 1977—$57,500; 1978—$55,000;

Box 11910, Iron Works Pike, Lexington, Ken-
tucky 40511; Brevard Crihfield, Executive Direc-

Fred Wineland, Secretary of State
Pat Holtz, Assistant Secretary of State
H. Stafford Bullen, Jr„ Executive Aide
State House, Annapolis 21404

tor. The appropriation represents Maryland's pro-
portionate share of the Council's operating ex-
pense. The Council is an umbrella group of
various organizations such as the National Con-
ference of State Legislatures, the National Associ-
ation of Attorneys General, and the National
Conference of Lieutenant Governors, among
others. The Council, founded in 1933, is a service
organization that publishes a variety of books,
pamphlets, and newsletters, conducts research
ranging from spot inquiries to in-depth analysis
of issues, and arranges meetings and seminars for
the regional branches of its affiliate organizations.
Appropriations: 1977—$31,310; 1978—$31,310-,

Telephone: 269-2481

The office of Secretary of State was created by a Constitutional Amendment in 1837 to replace the
Governor's Council. Appointed by the Governor to a term to run concurrently with him, the Secretary
attests to the Governor's signature on all public papers and documents as may be required. He is also
responsible for overseeing all Executive Orders and for keeping records of all commissions issued and
appointments made by the Governor (Code 1957, Art. 41, sees. 86-88). He is responsible for annually
publishing a list for the General Assembly of all appointments made.

The Secretary of State's office keeps a record of trademarks, trade names, and service marks utilized
within the State (Code 1957, Art. 41, sees. 90-103). It also maintains a registry of legislative counsels
and agents, the legislation in which they are interested, and the amounts received and spent for such
activity (Code 1957, Art. 40, sees. 5-14). Futhermore, records of all defaulting corporations that can
only be reinstated by proclamation of the Governor upon the request of the Department of
Assessments and Taxation are filed with the office, as are Interstate Compacts.

The Office of the Secretary of State not only prepares and records all requisitions, extraditions,
pardons, and commutations granted by the Governor, but keeps on file all administrative regulations
adopted by any State officer or department (Code 1957, Art. 41, sees. 9 and 247).

Of increasing importance, the office keeps a record of all charitable organizations and contributions
received by them (Code 1957, Art. 41, sees. 103A-103G). The financial disclosures of public officials are
maintained in the Secretary's office and are open to public inspection, as are the files of campaign con-
tributions made to public officials in excess of $100, if the individual who made the contribution does
business with the State in excess of $10,000. The Secretary of State is also empowered to place upon the
ballot for the Maryland presidential preference primary the name of any person whose candidacy he
feels is generally advocated or recognized in the national news media (Code 1957, Art. 33, sees. 12-2).

The Office of the Secretary of State also issues for the Governor all notary public commissions as
well as commissions issued to Special Police Officers.

The Secretary issues every two years a Manual of the State of Maryland, which is compiled and
printed by the Hall of Records Commission (Code 1957, Art. 41, sees. 104-106).

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