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Maryland Manual, 1994-95
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520 /Independent Agencies


Douglas Atlas, Manager ...... (410) 333-6180


Dudley Ewen, Chief . . . . (410) 333-6180

Sandra Castagna, Supervisor. (410) 333-2297


Leroy Shaver, Supervisor ...... (410) 333-2933

The Maryland Insurance Administration origi-
nated in 1872 as the Insurance Department under
the Comptroller of the Treasury (Chapter 388, Acts
of 1872). Renamed the State Insurance Depart
ment, it became an independent agency in 1878
(Chapter 106, Acts of 1878). In 1970, as the In-
surance Division, it was placed within the Depart-
ment of Licensing and Regulation (Chapter 402,
Acts of 1970). Reorganized as the Maryland Insur-
ance Administration, it became an independent
agency again in 1993 (Chapter 538, Acts of 1993).
The Administration is directed by the Maryland
Insurance Commissioner who ensures that all State
laws governing insurance companies or relating to the
business of insurance are faithfully executed. The
Commissioner authorizes and licenses insurance com-
panies, agents, brokers, approved attorneys, and advi-
sors for fire, casualty, life, accident, health, title and
other insurance and annuities. The Commissioner also
approves all insurance policies offered for sale in Mary-
land by authorized companies, authorizes rating bu-
reaus and advisory organizations, and approves or
rejects the rates for most lines of insurance.
Periodically, the Administration examines all
companies organized under the laws of Maryland
and scrutinizes nonresident companies doing busi-
ness in the State. The Administration also investi-
gates and resolves consumer complaints and
questions concerning insurance companies operat-
ing in the State (Code 1957, Art. 48A, secs. 14-16).
The Administration is organized into five sec-
tions: Executive Direction; Professional and Con-
sumer Services; Examination and Auditing; Life
and Health; and Property and Casualty.
The Maryland Insurance Commissioner is ap-
pointed by the Governor with Senate advice and
consent (Code 1957, Art. 48A).


Bruce A. Kaufman, Esq., Chairperson, 1997

Appointed by Governor: Elizabeth S. Morrison, 1994;
John Paterakis, 1995; Benjamin Rosenberg, 1995;
Charles R. Jenkins, Sr., 1996; Alice G. Pinderhughes,
Esq., 1998; Uthman Ray, M.U., 1998.

Staff: William S. Ratchford II

Maryland Manual 1994-1995

c/o Department of Fiscal Services
90 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401 (410) 841-3761

Formed in 1980, the Judicial Compensation Com-
mission makes recommendations on judicial compen-
sation to attract highly qualified persons to the bench
and enable judges to serve without economic hardship
(Chapter 717, Acts of 1980). Every two years, the
Commission reviews judicial salaries and pensions and
must submit its recommendations at least every four
years to the Governor and General Assembly.
The Commission's salary recommendations are intro-
duced as a joint resolution in each house of the General
Assembly by the fifteenth day of the session. While the
General Assembly may not increase recommended sala-
ries, it may decrease them. If it fails to adopt or amend
the joint resolution within fifty days after its introduction,
the salaries recommended by the Commission do apply.
Commission recommendations with respect to pensions
are introduced in the form of legislation by the Senate
President and the House Speaker and become effective
only if passed by both houses.
The Governor appoints the Commission's seven
members to six-year terms. No more than three mem-
bers may be individuals admitted to practice law in the
State. In nominating and appointing members, special
consideration is given to persons knowledgeable in
compensation practices and financial matters. Two
members are nominated by the Senate President, two
by the House Speaker, and one by the Maryland State
Bar Association. Two members are appointed at large.
Members serve without compensation (Code Courts
and Judicial Proceedings Article, sec. 1-708).


Harry J. Schafer, Jr., Director, 1994

Assistant Directors (appointed by Governor with Senate
advice & consent):
George E. Burton, Sr.; Joseph B.
Jason; Richard J. Knauer; Vincent P. Rosso, Sr.;
John C. Turrall. Terms expire 1994.

3703 Lanamer Road
Randallstown, MD 21133 (410) 922-7029

The Juvenile Probationary School of Baltimore
County was created in 1966 (Chapter 719, Acts of
1966). It was established for minors (under twenty-
one years of age) who are placed on probation before
judgment in connection with any charge for violation
of State motor vehicle law or State or local criminal
law over which the District Courts have jurisdiction.
Minors are referred to the School by the District Court
or other Judicial officers of Baltimore County.
The School provides courses in driver safety;
civic responsibility; the United States and its heri-
tage; and present and future ramifications of violat-


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