LEGISLATIVE POLICY COMMITTEE
Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., President of the Senate
R. Clayton Mirchell, Jr., Speaker of the House of
Appointed by Senate President: F. Vernon Boozer;
Barbara A. Hoffman; Julian L. Lapides; Ida G.
Ruben; James C. Simpson; Charles H. Smelser.
Appointed by House Speaker: Ulysses Currie; Hattie
N. Harrison; Kenneth H. Masters.
Ex officio Senate members: Frederick C. Malleus, Jr.,
President Pro Tern; Clarence W. Blount, Majority
Leader; John A. Cade, Minority Leader; Laurence
Levitan, Chairperson, Budget & Taxation
Committee; Thomas P. O'Reilly, Chairperson,
Finance Committee; Walter M. Baker,
Chairperson, Judicial Proceedings Committee.
Ex officio House members: Nancy K. Kopp, Speaker
Pro Tern; D. Brace Poole, Majority Leader; Ellen
R. Sauerbrey, Minority Leader; Charles J. Ryan,
Chairperson, Appropriations Committee; Anne S.
Perkins, Chairperson, Constitutional &
Administrative Law Committee; Casper R. Taylor,
Jr., Chairperson, Economic Matters Committee;
Ronald A. Guns, Chairperson, Environmental
Matters Committee; John S. Arnick, Chairperson,
Judiciary Committee; Tyras S. Athey, Chairperson,
Ways & Means Committee.
Staff: Michael I. Volk
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Annapolis, MD 21401 841-3848
The Legislative Policy Committee originated in
1939 as the Legislative Council (Chapter 62, Acts
of 1939). The Council was reorganized as the
Legislative Policy Committee in 1976 (Chapter
362, Acts of 1976).
The Legislative Policy Committee coordinates
and supervises the work of the standing committees
of the General Assembly. The Committee studies
the rules and procedures of the Senate and House,
and appoints special committees and subcommit-
tees to study legislative matters. During the interim
between sessions of the General Assembly, the
Committee refers any recommended subject matter
it receives to interim committees, holds hearings on
any subject matter, and subpoenas witnesses and
records as required. The Committee may prepare its
own legislative recommendations, and may endorse
a legislative program in the form of bills, resolu-
tions, or other proposals to be submitted to the
Prior to each regular session of the legislature,
the Legislative Policy Committee is required to
compile and make public in a report to the General
Assembly recommendations of the standing,
statutory, and special committees.
The Committee consists of twenty-six members,
thirteen from the Senate and thirteen from the
House of Delegates. The Senate is represented by
the President of the Senate; President Pro Tern;
Majority Leader; Minority Leader; and the chair-
persons of the standing committees on Budget and
Taxation, Economic and Environmental Affairs,
Finance, and Judicial Proceedings. The President
appoints five additional Senators to represent the
various areas and interests of the Scare. The House
of Delegates is represented by the Speaker of the
House; Speaker Pro Tern; Majority Leader;
Minority Leader; and the chairpersons of the stand-
ing committees on Appropriations, Constitutional
and Administrative Law, Economic Matters, En-
vironmental Matters, Judiciary, and Ways and
Means. The Speaker appoints three additional
Delegates to represent the various areas and inter-
ests of the State. The President and Speaker serve
as co-chairpersons (Code State Government Ar-
ticle, sees. 2-401 through 2-410).