LEGISLATIVE POLICY COMMITTEE
Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., Senate President
Casper R. Taylor, Jr., House Speaker
Staff: Michael I. Volk
90 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401 (410) 841-3848
Report to General Assembly on bills, resolutions, &
recommendations intended for submission at
Report to General Assembly updating matters
before Committee due periodically.
The Legislative Policy Committee originated in
1939 as the Legislative Council (Chapter 62, Acts
of 1939). The Council was reorganized under its
current name 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
of Delegates, and appoints special committees and
subcommittees to study legislative matters. During
the interim between sessions of the General Assem-
bly, the Committee refers any recommended sub-
ject 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, resolutions, or other proposals to be sub-
mitted to the General Assembly.
The Committee consists of twenty-six members:
thirteen from the Senate, thirteen from the House of
Delegates. Representing the Senate are the Senate
President; President Pro Tem; Majority Leader; Mi-
nority Leader; and the chairs of the standing commit-
tees on Budget and Taxation, Economic and
Environmental Affairs, Finance, and Judicial Proceed-
ings. The Senate President appoints five additional
senators as members. Representing the House of
Delegates are the House Speaker; Speaker Pro Tem;
Majority Leader; Minority Leader; and the chairs of
the standing committees on Appropriations, Com-
merce and Government Matters, Economic Matters,
Environmental Matters, Judiciary, and Ways and
Means. The House Speaker appoints four addi-
tional delegates as members. The Senate President
and House Speaker serve as co-chairs (Code State
Government Article, secs. 2-401 through 2-410).
The Management Subcommittee of the Legis-
lative Policy Committee was initiated informally in
1979 to consider certain in-house legislative issues,
such as legislative agency budgets and staff, and
expense guidelines for district offices and travel.
The Senate President and House Speaker ap-
point the Subcommittee's members.
SPECIAL JOINT COMMITTEES & TASK FORCES
Staff: Michael I. Volk (410) 841-3848
The Legislative Policy Committee establishes
special joint committees and task forces for particu-
lar purposes. These committees meet during the
interim between sessions of the General Assembly.
Staff is provided by the Department of Fiscal Serv-
ices and the Department of Legislative Reference.
SPECIAL JOINT COMMITTEE ON GROUP HOMES
Arthur Dorman, Senate Chair
Tony E. Fulton, House Chair
Staff: Jolie H. Matthews; Marjorie Shofer
Susan Cacceamise (410) 841-3710
The Special Joint Committee on Group Homes
was formed in 1995 to examine operating, financial
and regulatory issues for group homes.
JOINT ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON
LEGISLATIVE DATA SYSTEMS
John A. Cade, Senate Chair
Thomas E. Dewberry, House Chair
Staff: Melanie L. Wenger (410) 841-3761
Robert M. Edwards (410) 841-3900
The Joint Advisory Committee on Legislative
Data Systems was created by the Legislative Policy
Committee in 1988. The Committee reviews and
evaluates legislative data systems and data process-
ing goals for the General Assembly and its staff
agencies. Committee recommendations are re-
ported to the Legislative Policy Committee.