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By Chapter I of the Acts of the Second Special
Session of 1973, the Committee is required to re-
ceive emergency energy Executive Orders promul-
gated by the Governor. This legislative authority
has been updated annually.
Chapter 776, Acts of 1973, removed the Com-
mittee as an adjunct of the Legislative Council.
The Committee by law reports annually to the
Council (now the Legislative Policy Committee)
and the General Assembly.
The AELR Committee was added to the list of
agencies that receive copies of all the rules of
each State agency by Chapter 777, Acts of 1973.
Chapter 778, Acts of 1973, provided that certain
rules, regulations, or standards may be invalid
unless submitted to the Committee (Code 1957,
Art. 40, sec. 40A).
JOINT BUDGET AND AUDIT COM-
Chairperson: Victor L. Crawford
^"Ke-Chclirperso^t:lotm W. Douglass
James dark, Jr., President of the Senate
Rosalie S. Abrams, Senate Majority Floor Leader
Edward J. Mason, Senate Minority Floor Leader
Benjamin L. Cardin, Speaker of the House of
Donald B. Robertson, House Majority Floor
Raymond E. Beck, House Minority Floor Leader
Members appointed by the President of the Sen-
ate: Aris T. Allen, Tommie Broadwater, Jr.,
Arthur H. Helton, Jr., Julian L. Lapides, Ed-
ward J. Mason.
Members appointed by the Speaker of the House
of Delegates: Gerard F. Deviin, John R. Har-
greaves, R. Clayton Mitchell, Jr., Robert R.
Neall, Frank C. Robey, Jr.
The Joint Budget and Audit Committee, origi-
nally created by Chapter 456, Acts of 1968, had
its membership changed by Chapter 227, Acts of
1971. It consists of twenty members, including
the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the
House of Delegates, and the majority and minor-
ity floor leaders. The remaining members are
divided equally between legislators who serve on
the fiscal committees in the Senate and the House
of Delegates. The chairperson and vice
chairperson are named by joint action of the pre-
The Committee gives detailed review and
study of budget analysis, the capital budget,
fiscal policy, fiscal research, post audit, depart-
mental operation and efficiency within State
government, and other matters relating to fis-
cal matters. It receives annual reports on the
effect of long-term State debt on the State's
financial condition from the Executive Depart-
ment and the Department of Fiscal Services.
The Committee also reviews annually federally-
funded projects requiring future State funds
and nonbudgeted funds used for capital
programs, reviews rules and regulations that
require increased expenditures, establishes poli-
cies and directives for the Department of Fis-
cal Services, and submits an annual report to
the General Assembly (Code 1957, sees.
JOINT COMMITTEE ON LEGISLA-
Co-Chairperson: Kay G. Bienen
Co-Chairperson: Julian L. Lapides
Members from the Senate: John A. Cade, Victor
Cushwa, Dennis F. Rasmussen.
Members from the House of Delegates: William
H. Amoss, Raymond E. Beck, Marilyn Gold- '
Ex officio members: James dark, Jr„ President of
the Senate; Benjamin L. Cardin, Speaker of the
The Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics
was established by Chapter 5, Acts of 1972.
The Committee consists of ten members, five
from the Senate and five from the House of
Delegates. The President of the Senate and the
Speaker of the House of Delegates serve ex offi-
cio and they appoint the remaining members
who serve at the pleasure of the President and
The function of the Committee is to render ad-
visory opinions and promulgate rules of legisla-
tive ethics with respect to conflicts of interest
governing members of the General Assembly.
These rules are effective on a year-round basis
(Code 1957, Art. 40, sees. 89-91).