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Maryland Manual 1994-1995 Legislature / 45
SOURCES OF INFORMATION ON STATUS OF BILLS

Legislators. A constituent's State Senator or Dele-
gate, or the bill's sponsor often are the most effec-
tive source of information on the status of a bill.

Department of Legislative Reference. The Library
and Information Services Division of the Depart-
ment of Legislative Reference answers any request
for information about the status of a bill.

Library & Information Services: (410) 841-3810
DC area: (301) 858-3810
Other areas: 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3810

TTY for deaf: (410) 841-3814
TTY for deaf: (301) 858-3814

State House Information Desk
(ground floor): (410) 841-3886
DC area: (301) 858-3886

During the legislative session, the Department of
Legislative Reference publishes the daily floor pro-
ceedings for both the Senate and the House of
Delegates, as well as daily synopses of legislation
introduced. The proceedings list all actions taken on
bills and joint resolutions in either chamber each
day. The synopses summarize legislation introduced
each day, and note the primary sponsor(s), the
committee assignment, and the section of the An-
notated Code of Maryland affected by the legislation.
As with printed bills, the Senate proceedings and
synopses are on white paper, the House on blue.
The Department also publishes weekly the Commit-
tee Meetings and Hearing Schedule
with the times
and places for all legislative committee meetings.
The hearing schedule is published weekly all year,
but is especially useful during the legislative session
because it lists what bills will be heard each day.

A limited number of synopses, proceedings, and
hearing schedules are available to the public at the
Information Desk of the State House (ground
floor) or the Information Desk in the Legislative
Services Building (basement level). Copies of
printed bills and joint resolutions may be obtained
from the Bill Room in the Legislative Services
Building.

The Department of Legislative Reference offers a
subscription service to persons or organizations
with a broad continuing need for bill information.

Legislative Sales
Legislative Services Building, Room G-17
90 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401 (410) 841-3883
DC area: (301) 858-3883
other areas: 1-800-492-7122

SUBSCRIPTIONS PICKED UP IN ANNAPOLIS
Bills (1st & 3rd readers, enrolled)........ $100
Synopses, proceedings, hearing schedules. . . $25

SUBSCRIPTIONS MAILED OUT
Bills ............................... $600
1st reader copies only: $375
3rd reader copies only: $275
Enrolled bills only: $125
Synopses ........................... $260
Proceedings ......................... $130
Hearing schedules .................... $110

Every April, immediately after the adjournment of
the General Assembly, the Department of Legisla-
tive Reference compiles Session Review. This volume
contains an overview of the issues and an account
of legislation passed that session by the General
Assembly, as well as significant bills that failed.
Copies may be obtained from the Department for
a fee.

The Department of Legislative Reference also pub-
lishes legislative committee reports, various indexes
to bills. Final Status Report of Proposed Legislation,
Synopsis of Laws Enacted,
journals of both Senate and
House, and Laws of Maryland.

Office of Legislative Data Processing. By subscrip-
tion, the Office of Legislative Data Processing offers
access to an online bill status system, called the
Maryland Legislative Information System (MLIS).

Online Bill Status System Subscription—
(410) 841-3900

Legislative Caucuses. Legislative caucuses track bills
of particular interest to their members. Informa-
tional materials and newsletters sometimes are
available from their offices.

Presently, the General Assembly has two formally
organized caucuses. The Maryland Legislative
Black Caucus was created in 1970. The Women
Legislators of Maryland began as the Maryland
Chapter of the Order of Women Legislators in
1972.
Maryland Legislative Black Caucus
Lowe House Office Building, Room 323
Annapolis, MD 21401 (410) 841-3328

Women Legislators of Maryland
Lowe House Office Building, Room 200
Annapolis, MD 21401 (410) 841-3013

Newspapers. During a legislative session, newspa-
pers often publish public hearing schedules of Gen-
eral Assembly committees and articles about bills
introduced.

 



 
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