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Maryland Manual, 1989-90
Volume 184, Page 36   View pdf image (33K)
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3—Budget Bill to be passed by both chambers
by this date (83rd day)
10—Adjournment Sine Die
30—Final day for presentment of bills to Gov-
ernor (20th day after adjournment)

10—Final date for an extended Session
30—Governor to sign or veto bills by this date
(30th day after presentment)

STANDING COMMITTEES______________________________________

Standing committees are defined as those committees set forth in the Rules of the Senate or the Rules
of the House of Delegates (Code State Government Article, sec. 2-101 (f)). Their primary function is to
consider all legislation referred to them by the Senate President or House Speaker.

The Senate has six standing committees (Senate Rule 18). The House has eight standing committees
(House Rule 18). In addition, there are three joint standing committees. At the beginning of each session,
the Senate President and House Speaker appoint the members of standing committees and designate
chairpersons and vice-chairperson. A senator or delegate may not be appointed to more than one standing
committee whose main function is to consider legislation.

The rules of each chamber require every bill to be referred by the presiding officer to the appropriate
standing committee (Senate Rule 33; House Rule 33). An exception is made for bills which are strictly
local with no statewide impact. Such bills are referred instead to select committees. A select committee is
usually composed of a county's delegation in the House or its senators, with other members appointed
as necessary to make up the minimum number of three. Counties without home rule keep their select
committees busy

The House or Senate may suspend its Rules in order to consider a bill or resolution without referring
it to a standing committee as long as each member receives a copy of the bill or resolution to be so
considered (Senate Rule 33 (f); House Rule 33 (f))-



Laurence Levitan, Chairperson
Francis X. Kelly Vice-Chairperson

William H. Amoss; Raymond E. Beck; John A.
Cade; Bernie Fowler; Barbara A. Hoffman; Nathan
C. Irby, Jr.; Frank J. Komenda; Julian L. Lapides;
Ida G. Ruben; Charles H. Smelser; Decatur W

Staff: Robbin S. Marks; Robin R. Kushner;
Michael Johansen 841-3710

Room 100, James Building 841-3690

The Budget and Taxation Committee considers
legislation relating to State operating and capital
budgets, including revenues and expenditures; sup-
plementary appropriations; State and county bond
authorizations; legislative budgetary procedures;
taxation and property assessments; and proposals
requiring significant expenditures. The Committee
consists of thirteen members.


Clarence W. Blount, Chairperson
Arthur Dorman, Vice-Chairperson

John N. Bambacus; Michael J. Collins; John W
Derr; Idamae Garrott; Paula C. Hollinger;
Frederick C. Malkus, Jr.; American Joe
Miedusiewski; S. Frank Shore; Gerald W Winegrad.

Staff: Carol L. Swan; Lynne Blume; Lynne
Barney Taylor 841-3870

Room 200, James Building 841 -3661

The Economic and Environmental Affairs Com-
mittee considers legislation relating to agriculture
and land preservation; natural resources; alcoholic
beverages; mobile homes; elections; veterans and
defense; education; fire prevention and safety; pro-
curement; environmental health; local govern-
ment; administrative law; State government
reorganization and procedures; and business and
occupational licensing and regulation (including
health occupations). Eleven senators serve on this


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