clear space clear space clear space white space
 r c h i v e s   o f   M a r y l a n d   O n l i n e

PLEASE NOTE: The searchable text below was computer generated and may contain typographical errors. Numerical typos are particularly troubling. Click “View pdf” to see the original document.

  Maryland State Archives | Index | Help | Search
search for:
clear space
white space
Maryland Manual, 1987-88
Volume 183, Page 757   View pdf image (33K)
 Jump to  
clear space clear space clear space white space

result of the failure of the Governor to act within the time here-
inabove specified, shall take effect 30 days after the Governor's
veto is over-ridden, or on the date specified in the Bill, whichev-
er is later, unless the Bill is an emergency measure, in which
event it shall take effect when enacted. No such vetoed Bill shall
be returned to the Legislature when a new General Assembly of
Maryland has been elected and sworn since the passage of the
vetoed Bill.

The Governor shall have power to disapprove of any item or
items of any Bills making appropriations of money embracing
distinct items, and the part or parts of the Bill approved shall be
the law, and the item or items of appropriations disapproved
shall be void unless repassed according to the rules or limita-
tions prescribed for the passage of other Bills over the Executive

SEC. 18. It shall be the duty of the Governor, semi-annually
(and oftener, if he deem it expedient) to examine under oath the
Treasurer and Comptroller of the State on all matters pertaining
to their respective offices; and inspect and review their Bank and
other Account Books.

SEC. 19. He shall, from time to time, inform the Legislature
of the conditions of the State and recommend to their considera-
tion such measures as he may judge necessary and expedient.

SEC. 20. He shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons,
except in cases of impeachment, and in cases, in which he is pro-
hibited by other Articles of this Constitution; and to remit fines
and forfeitures for offences against the State; but shall not remit
the principal or interest of any debt due the State, except in
cases of fines and forfeitures; and before granting a nolle prose-
or pardon, he shall give notice, in one or more newspapers,
of the application made for it, and of the day on, or after which,
his decision will be given; and in every case, in which he exer-
cises this power, he shall report to either Branch of the Legisla-
ture, whenever required, the petitions, recommendations and
reasons, which influenced his decision.

SEC. 21. The Governor shall reside at the seat of govern-
ment, and, from and after the fourth Wednesday in January
1967, shall receive for his services an annual salary of Twenty-
five Thousand Dollars, except that beginning in the year 1978
the salary of the Governor shall be as provided in Section 21 A
of this Article.

SEC. 21A. (a) The salaries of the Governor and Lieutenant

Governor shall be as provided in this section.

(b) The Governor's Salary Commission is created. It consists
of seven members; The State Treasurer; three appointed by the
President of the Senate; and three appointed by the Speaker of
the House of Delegates. Members of the General Assembly and
officers and employees of the State or a political subdivision of
the State are not eligible for appointment to the Commission.
The members of the Commission shall elect a member to be
chairman, and the concurrence of at least five members is
required for any formal Commission action. The terms of mem-
bers 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 reap-
pointment. Members shall serve without compensation but shall
be reimbursed for expenses incurred in carrying out responsibili-
ties under this section.

Constitution of Maryland/757

(c) Within ten days after the commencement of the regular
session of the General Assembly in 1978, and within ten days af-
ter the commencement of the regular session of the General As-
sembly 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 sala-
ry of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

(d) The recommendation shall be introduced as a joint resolu-
tion 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 recommend-
ed salaries. If the General Assembly fails to adopt a joint resolu-
tion in accordance with this section within 50 days after its in-
troduction, 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-

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

(f) A change in salary resulting from either Commission rec-
ommendation 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 Gov-
ernor, till the end of the official term of the Governor from
whom he received his appointment, and receive such annual sal-
ary as the General Assembly may from time to time by law pre-

SEC. 23. The Secretary of State shall carefully keep and pre-
serve 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, to-
gether with all clerical duty belonging to the Executive Depart-

SEC. 24. The Governor may make changes in the organi-
zation of the Executive Branch of the State Government, includ-
ing the establishment or abolition of departments, offices, agen-
cies, 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 law, or create new
governmental programs they shall be set forth in executive or-
ders in statutory form which shall be submitted to the General
Assembly within the first ten days of a regular session. An exec-
utive 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


"Amended by Chapter 315, Acts of 1953, ratified Nov. 2, 1954; Chapter 641, Acts of 1965, ratified Nov. 8, 1966; Chapter 543, Acts

of 1976, ratified Nov. 2, 1976.

"Added by Chapter 543, Acts of 1976, ratified Nov. 2, 1976.

"Amended by Chapter 42, Acts of 1954, ratified Nov. 2, 1954.

"Added by Chapter 790, Acts of 1969, ratified Nov. 3, 1970.

clear space
clear space
white space

Please view image to verify text. To report an error, please contact us.
Maryland Manual, 1987-88
Volume 183, Page 757   View pdf image (33K)
 Jump to  

This web site is presented for reference purposes under the doctrine of fair use. When this material is used, in whole or in part, proper citation and credit must be attributed to the Maryland State Archives. PLEASE NOTE: The site may contain material from other sources which may be under copyright. Rights assessment, and full originating source citation, is the responsibility of the user.

Tell Us What You Think About the Maryland State Archives Website!

An Archives of Maryland electronic publication.
For information contact

©Copyright  August 02, 2018
Maryland State Archives