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the debt of the State in conformity with Section 34 of
Article 3 of the Constitution, and all laws enacted in
pursuance thereof; (e) for the salaries payable by the
State and under the Constitution and laws of the State;
(f) for the establishment and maintenance throughout
the State of a thorough and efficient system of public
schools in conformity with Article 8 of the Constitution
and with the laws of the State; (g) for such other pur-
poses as are set forth in the Constitution or laws of the

(5)79 The Governor shall deliver to the presiding offi-
cer of each House the Budget and a bill for all the pro-
posed appropriations of the Budget classified and in
such form and detail as he shall determine or as may be
prescribed by law; and the presiding officer of each
House shall promptly cause said bill to be introduced
therein, and such bill shall be known as the "Budget
Bill." The Governor may, with the consent of the Gen-
eral Assembly, before final action thereon by the Gener-
al Assembly, amend or supplement said Budget to cor-
rect an oversight, provide funds contingent on passage
of pending legislation or, in case of an emergency, by
delivering such an amendment or supplement to the
presiding officers of both Houses; and such amendment
or supplement shall thereby become a part of said Bud-
get Bill as an addition to the items of said bill or as a
modification of or a substitute for any item of said bill
such amendment or supplement may affect.

(5a)80 The Budget and the Budget Bill as submitted by
the Governor to the General Assembly shall have a fig-
ure for the total of all proposed appropriations and a fig-
ure for the total of all estimated revenues available to pay
the appropriations, and the figure for total proposed ap-
propriations shall not exceed the figure for total estimat-
ed revenues. Neither the Governor in submitting an
amendment or supplement to the Budget Bill nor the
General Assembly in amending the Budget Bill shall
thereby cause the figure for total proposed appropria-
tions to exceed the figure for total estimated revenues, in-
cluding any revisions, and in the Budget Bill as enacted
the figure for total estimated revenues always shall be
equal to or exceed the figure for total appropriations.

(6)81 The General Assembly shall not amend the
Budget Bill so as to affect either the obligations of the
State under Section 34 of Article 3 of the Constitution,
or the provisions made by the laws of the State for the
establishment and maintenance of a system of public
schools or the payment of any salaries required to be
paid by the State of Maryland by the Constitution
thereof; and the General Assembly may amend the bill
by increasing or diminishing the items therein relating
to the General Assembly, and by increasing or dimin-
ishing the items therein relating to the judiciary, but ex-
cept as hereinbefore specified, may not alter the said bill
except to strike out or reduce items therein, provided,
however, that the salary or compensation of any public
officer shall not be decreased during his term of office;
and such bill, when and as passed by both Houses,
shall be a law immediately without further action by
the Governor.

TO Amended by Chapter 20, Acts of 1952, ratified Nov. 4, 1952.
80 Added by Chapter 745, Acts of 1973, ratified Nov. 5, 1974.
" Amended by Chapter 373, Acts of 1972, ratified Nov. 7, 1972.

Article III

(7) The Governor and such representatives of the ex-
ecutive departments, boards, officers and commissions
of the State expending or applying for State's moneys,
as have been designated by the Governor for this pur-
pose, shall have the right, and when requested by either
House of the General Assembly, it shall be their duty
to appear and be heard with respect to any Budget Bill
during the consideration thereof, and to answer inquir-
ies relative thereto.

(8)82 Supplementary Appropriation Bill. Either House
may consider other appropriations but both Houses
shall not finally act upon such appropriations until after
the Budget Bill has been finally acted upon by both
Houses, and no such other appropriation shall be valid
except in accordance with the provisions following: (a)
Every such appropriation shall be embodied in a sepa-
rate bill limited to some single work, object or purpose
therein stated and called herein a Supplementary Ap-
propriation Bill; (b) Each Supplementary Appropriation
Bill shall provide the revenue necessary to pay the ap-
propriation thereby made by a tax, direct or indirect, to
be levied and collected as shall be directed in said bill;
(c) No Supplementary Appropriation Bill shall become
a law unless it be passed in each House by a vote of a
majority of the whole number of the member selected,
and the yeas and nays recorded on its final passage; (d)
Each Supplementary Appropriation Bill shall be pres-
ented to the Governor of the State as provided in Sec-
tion 17 of Article 2 of the Constitution and thereafter
all the provisions of said section shall apply.

(9) Nothing in this section shall be construed as pre-
venting the General Assembly from passing at any time,
in accordance with the provisions of Section 28 of Arti-
cle 3 of the Constitution and subject to the Governor's
power of approval as provided in Section 17 of Article
2 of the Constitution, an appropriation bill to provide
for the payment of any obligation of the State within
the protection of Section 10 of Article 1 of the Consti-
tution of the United States.

(10)83 If the Budget Bill shall not have been finally
acted upon by the Legislature seven days before the ex-
piration of the regular session, the Governor shall issue
a proclamation extending the session for some further
period as may, in his judgment, be necessary for the
passage of such bill; but no other matter than such bill
shall be considered during such extended session except
a provision for the cost thereof.

(II)84 The Governor for the purpose of making up
his Budget shall have the power, and it shall be his
duty, to require from the proper State officials, includ-
ing herein all executive departments, all executive and
administrative offices, bureaus, boards, commissions
and agencies, expending or supervising the expenditure
of, and all institutions applying for State moneys and
appropriations, such itemized estimates and other infor-
mation, in such form and at such times as he shall di-
rect, except that an estimate for a program required to
be funded by a law which will be in effect during the
fiscal year covered by the Budget and which was
enacted before July 1 of the fiscal year prior thereto

82 Amended by Chapter 416, Acts of 1966, ratified Nov. 8, 1966.
«3 Amended by Chapter 576, Acts of 1970, ratified Nov. 3, 1970.
" Amended by Chapter 971, Acts of 1978, ratified Nov. 7, 1978.


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