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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; and (g) for such other purposes as
are set forth in the Constitution or laws of the State.

(5) The Governor shall deliver to the presiding of-
ficer of each House the Budget and a bill for all the
proposed 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 Gover-
nor may, with the consent of the General Assembly; before
final action thereon by the General Assembly amend or
supplement said Budget to correct 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 Budget 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)83 The Budget and the Budget Bill as submitted by
the Governor to the General Assembly shall have a figure
for the total of all proposed appropriations and a figure 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 estimated
revenues. Neither the Governor in submitting an amend-
ment or supplement to the Budget Bill nor the General
Assembly in amending the Budget Bill shall thereby cause
the figure for total proposed appropriations to exceed the
figure for total estimated revenues, including 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) The General Assembly shall not amend the Budget
Bill so as to affect cither 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
diminishing the items therein relating to the judiciary, but
except 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.

(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 purpose, shall
have the right, and when requested by either House of the
General Assembly, it shall be their duty to appear and be

Constitution of Maryland/? S7

heard with respect to any Budget Bill during the considera-
tion thereof, and to answer inquiries relative thereto.

(8)8 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 separate bill limited
to some single work, object or purpose therein stated and
called herein a Supplementary Appropriation Bill; (b) Each
Supplementary Appropriation Bill shall provide the
revenue necessary to pay the appropriation thereby made
by a tax, direct or indirect, to be levied and collected as
shall be directed in said bill; (c) No Supplementary Ap-
propriation Bill shall become a law unless it be passed in
each House by a vote of a majority of the whole number
of the members elected, and the yeas and nays recorded on
its final passage; (d) Each Supplementary Appropriation
Bill shall be presented to the Governor of the State as
provided in Section 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
preventing the General Assembly from passing at any time,
in accordance with the provisions of Section 28 of Article
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 pay-
ment of any obligation of the State within the protection
of Section 10 of Article 1 of the Constitution of the United
States.

(K^Ifthe Budget Bill shall not have been finally acted
upon by the Legislature seven days before the expiration 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.

(11) For the purpose of making up the Budget, the
Governor shall require from the proper State officials (in-
cluding all executive departments, all executive and ad-
ministrative offices, bureaus, boards, commissions and
agencies that expend or supervise the expenditure of, and
all institutions applying for State moneys and appropria-
tions) such itemized estimates and other information, in
such form and at such times as directed by the Governor.
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 to that date shall provide a level of funding not
less than that proscribed in the law. The estimates for the
Legislative Department, certified by the presiding officer
of each House, of the Judiciary, as provided by law, certified
by the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, and for the
public schools, as provided by law, shall be transmitted to
the Governor, in such form and at such times as directed
by the Governor, and shall be included in the Budget
without revision.

(12)88 The Governor may provide for public hearings
on all estimates and may require the attendance at such

 

82 Amended by Chapter 20, Acts of 19S2, ratified Nov. 4,1952

83 Added by Chapter 745, Acts of 1973, ratified Nov. 5, 1974

84 Amended by Chapter 373, Acts of 1972, ratified Nov. 7,1972.

85 Amended by Chapter 416, Acts of 1966, ratified Nov 8,1966

86 Amended by Chapter 576, Acts of 1970, ratified Nov 3,1970.

87 Amended by Chapter 971, Acts of 1978, ratified Nov. 7,1978, Chapter 62, Acts of 1990, ratified Nov. 6, 1990.



 
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