J. MILLARD TAWES, Governor 1617
(Senate Joint Resolution 13)
Senate Joint Resolution establishing a Special Legislative Commission
to study and implement the Interim Report of the Commission on
State and County Finance.
The General Assembly of Maryland is directing the President of
the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Delegates to appoint
a Special Legislative Commission to review and implement the Interim
Report of the Commission on State and County Finance.
This Interim Report proposes a series of major recommendations
as a preliminary plan or blueprint of an overall revision of Maryland's
financial structure. The Interim Report has been presented to the
Governor, the General Assembly, and the people of the State for re-
view, acceptance, or modification.
The proposals in this report are sweeping ones, which may have
been anticipated in the resolution which led to the creation of the
Commission, when it suggested a "possible revision of the entire tax
structure of the State." The Commission on State and County Finance
is not proposing that legislation implementing its recommendations
be enacted at the 1965 Session of the General Assembly. Instead,
the Commission has suggested that a year's period be allowed for
study and discussion of the program and for developing detailed
plans and that a goal be set for enactment of the major legislative
requirements during the 1966 Session of the General Assembly.
Long preliminary work is necessary and desirable on the Com-
mission's recommendations before technicians and draftsmen begin
work in developing the detailed changes in the laws of this State.
For this purpose, it is desirable that a Special Legislative Com-
mission be appointed to take primary responsibility for these studies.
This will give assurance that if actual legislative proposals are sub-
mitted to the General Assembly at the 1966 Session, a number of
members of each house will have a close knowledge of the various
recommendations and proposed laws; now therefore, be it
Resolved by the General Assembly of Maryland, That the President
of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Delegates are directed
to appoint a Special Legislative Commission to study and review
the Interim Report of the Commission on State and County Finance;
and be it further
Resolved, That the President of the Senate appoint six members
of the Senate of Maryland including the Chairman of the Committee
on Finance ex officio; and that the Speaker of the House of Delegates
appoint six members of the House one of whom shall be the Chairman
of the Committee on Ways and Means ex officio; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance
shall serve as Chairman of this Special Legislative Committee and
the Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means shall serve
as Vice Chairman of this Special Legislative Committee; and be it