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and the concurrence of at least five members is required for any
formal Commission action. The terms of members shall be for 4
years, except that the persons first appointed to the Commission
shall serve from June 1, 1977 until May 31, 1980. The members of
the Commission are eligible for reappointment. Members shall
serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for expenses
incurred in carrying out responsibilities under this section.

(c) Within ten days after the commencement of the regular
session of the General Assembly in 1978, and within ten days
after the commencement of the regular session of the General
Assembly each fourth year thereafter, the Commission shall make
a written recommendation to the Governor, Lieutenant Gover-
nor, and other members of the General Assembly as to the salary
of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

(d) The recommendation shall be introduced as a joint
resolution in each house of the General Assembly not later than
the fifteenth day of the session. The General Assembly may
amend the joint resolution to decrease the recommended salaries,
but may not amend the joint resolution to increase the recom-
mended salaries. If the General Assembly fails to adopt a joint
resolution in accordance with this section within 50 days after its
introduction, the salaries recommended by the Commission shall
apply. If the General Assembly amends the joint resolution in
accordance with this section, the salaries specified in the joint
resolution, as amended, shall apply. If the Commission recom-
mends no salary change, a joint resolution shall not be intro-
duced.

(e) The Commission may not recommend salaries lower than
that received by the incumbent Governor at the time the
recommendation is made; and the General Assembly may not
amend the joint resolution to provide for salaries lower than that
received by the incumbent Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

(f) A change in salary resulting from either Commission
recommendation or amended joint resolution under this section
shall take effect at the beginning of the next ensuing term of the
Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

(g) Commission inaction or failure of the Commission to meet
the requirements of this section with respect to proposing a
change in salary for the Governor and Lieutenant Governor shall
result in no change in salary.

SEC. 22." A Secretary of State shall be appointed by the
Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, who
shall continue in office, unless sooner removed by the Governor,
till the end of the official term of the Governor from whom he
received his appointment, and receive such annual salary as the
General Assembly may from time to time by law prescribe.

SEC. 23. The Secretary of State shall carefully keep and
preserve a Record of all official acts and proceedings, which may
at all times be inspected by a committee of either Branch of the
Legislature; and he shall perform such other duties as may be
prescribed by Law, or as may properly belong to his office,
together with all clerical duty belonging to the Executive
Department.

SEC. 24.40 The Governor may make changes in the organiza-
tion of the Executive Branch of the State Government, including
the establishment or abolition of departments, offices, agencies,
and instrumentalities, and the reallocation or reassignment of
functions, powers, and duties among the departments, offices,
agencies, and instrumentalities of the Executive Branch. Where
these changes are inconsistent with existing Jaw, or create new
governmental programs they shall be set forth in executive orders
in statutory form which shall be submitted to the General
Assembly within the first ten days of a regular session. An

"Amended by Chapter 42, Acts of 1954, ratified Nov. 2, 1954.
"Added by Chapter 790, Acts of 1969, ratified Nov. 3, 1970.

Constitution of Maryland/683

executive order that has been submitted shall become effective
and have the force of law on the date designated in the Order
unless specifically disapproved, within fifty days after submission,
by a resolution of disapproval concurred in by a majority vote of
all members of either House of the General Assembly. No
executive order reorganizing the Executive Branch shall abolish
any office established by this Constitution or shall change the
powers and duties delegated to particular officers or departments
by this Constitution-

ARTICLE III.
LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT.

SECTION 1. The Legislature shall consist of two distinct
branches; a Senate, and a House of Delegates; and shall be styled
the General Assembly of Maryland.

SEC. 2.4' The membership of the Senate shall consist of forty-
seven (47) Senators. The membership of the House of Delegates
shall consist of one hundred forty-one (141) Delegates.

SEC. 3" The State shall be divided by law into legislative
districts for the election of members of the Senate and the House
of Delegates. Each legislative district shall contain one (1)
Senator and three (3) Delegates. Nothing herein shall prohibit the
subdivision of any one or more of the legislative districts for the
purpose of electing members of the House of Delegates into three
(3) single-member delegate districts or one (1) single-member
delegate district and one (1) multi-member delegate district.

SEC. 4." Each legislative district shall consist of adjoining
territory, be compact in form, and of substantially equal popula-
tion. Due regard shall be given to natural boundaries and the
boundaries of political subdivisions.

SEC. 5." Following each decennial census of the United States
and after public hearings, the Governor shall prepare a plan
setting forth the boundaries of the legislative districts for electing
of the members of the Senate and the House of Delegates.

The Governor shall present the plan to the President of the
Senate and Speaker of the House of Delegates who shall introduce
the Governor's plan as a joint resolution to the General
Assembly, not later than the first day of its regular session in the
second year following every census, and the Governor may call a
special session for the presentation of his plan prior to the regular
session. The plan shall conform to Sections 2, 3 and 4 of this
Article. Following each decennial census the General Assembly
may by joint resolution adopt a plan setting forth the boundaries
of the legislative districts for the election of members of the
Senate and the House of Delegates, which plan shall conform to
Sections 2, 3 and 4 of this Article. If a plan has been adopted by
the General Assembly by the 45th day after the opening of the
regular session of the General Assembly in the second year
following every census, the plan adopted by the General Assem-
bly shall become law. If no plan has been adopted by the General
Assembly for these purposes by the 45th day after the opening of

"Amended by Chapter 469, Acts of 1900, ratified Nov. 5, 1901;
Chapter 7, Acts of 1922, ratified Nov. 7, 1922; Chapter 99, Acts of
1956, ratified Nov. 6, 1956; Chapter 785, Acts of 1969, ratified Nov.
3, 1970; Chapter 363, Acts of 1972, ratified Nov. 7, 1972.
"Amended by Chapter 99, Acts of 1956, ratified Nov. 6, 1956;
Chapter 785, Acts of 1969, ratified Nov. 3, 1970; Chapter 363, Acts
of 1972, ratified Nov. 7, 1972.
"Amended by Chapter 432, Acts of 1900, ratified Nov. 5, 1901;
Chapter 20, Acts of 1922, ratified Nov. 7, 1922; Chapter 99, Acts of
1956, ratified Nov. 6, 1956; Chapter 785, Acts of 1969, ratified Nov.
3, 1970; Chapter 363, Acts of 1972, ratified Nov. 7, 1972.
"Amended by Chapter 226, Acts of 1949, ratified Nov. 7, 1950;
Chapter 99, Acts of 1956, ratified Nov. 6,1956; Chapter 785, Acts of
1969, ratified Nov. 3, 1970; Chapter 363, Acts of 1972, ratified Nov.
7, 1972; Chapter 681, Acts of 1977, ratified Nov. 7, 1978.

 



 
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