procedural due process. Further, the Committee
sits as a legislative advisory board for the Code
of Maryland Regulations and COMAR publica-
tions of the Division of State Documents of the
Office of the Secretary of State.
By Chapter 1 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.
By law, the Committee reports annually to the
Legislative Policy Committee and the General
The AELR Committee receives copies of all
rules of each State agency (Chapter 777, Acts of
1973). Unless submitted to the Committee, cer-
tain rules, regulations, or standards may be inval-
id (Chapter 778, Acts of 1973; Code 1957, Art.
40, sec. 40A).
JOINT BUDGET AND AUDIT COM-
Senate Chairperson: Dennis F. Rasmussen
House Chairperson: John W. Douglass
Stewart Bainum, Jr., designee of the President of
Clarence W. Blount, Senate Majority Floor Leader
Edward P. Thomas, Senate Minority Floor Leader
Benjamin L. Cardin, Speaker of the House of Del-
Donald B. Robertson, House Majority Floor
Robert R. Neall, House Minority Floor Leader
Members appointed by the President of the Sen-
ate: William H. Amoss; John A. Cade; Francis
X. Kelly; Frank J. Komenda; Julian L.
Lapides; Laurence Levitan.
Members appointed by the Speaker of the House
of Delegates: Tyras S. Athey; William J. Bur-
gess; Gerard F. Devlin; Nancy K. Kopp (desig-
nee of Donald B. Robertson); R. Clayton
Mitchell, Jr.; Paul D. Muldowney; Frank B.
Originally created by Chapter 456, Acts of
1968, the Joint Budget and Audit Committee 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 minori-
ty floor leaders. The remaining members are di-
vided equally between legislators who serve on
the fiscal committees in the Senate and the House
of Delegates. The chairperson and vice-chair-
person are named by joint action of the presiding
The Committee provides detailed study and re-
view of budget analyses, the capital budget, fiscal
policy, fiscal research, post audits, departmental
operation and efficiency within State government,
and other matters relating to fiscal matters. It re-
ceives from the Executive Department and the
Department of Fiscal Services annual reports on
the effect of long-term State debt on the State's
financial condition. The Committee also annually
reviews federally-funded projects requiring future
State funds and nonbudgeted funds used for capi-
tal programs, reviews rules and regulations that
require increased expenditures, establishes policies
and directives for the Department of Fiscal Ser-
vices, and submits an annual report to the Gener-
al Assembly (Code 1957, Art. 40, secs. 54-56B).
JOINT COMMITTEE ON
Co-Chairperson: Julian L. Lapides
Co-Chairperson: Thomas A. Rymer
Members from the Senate: John A. Cade; Leo E.
Green; Thomas M. Yeager.
Members from the House of Delegates: Michael
J. Collins; Donald F. Munson; Wendell H.
Ex officio members: Melvin A. Steinberg, Presi-
dent of the Senate; Benjamin L. Cardin, Speak-
er of the House of Delegates.
Committee counsel: Myriam Marquez Bailey
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 officio, and they ap-
point the remaining members who serve at the
pleasure of the President and the Speaker.
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, secs. 89-91).