What is the Maryland General Assembly?

The General Assembly is Maryland’s legislative body and directly represents the electorate. The state has 47 districts represented by 47 Senators and 141 Delegates.  They are a part time legislature that meet in Annapolis for 90 days out of the year, with the remaining part of the year spent in their district.

The Legislature:
Enacts laws necessary for the welfare of the State’s citizens and certain laws dealing with counties and special taxing districts.

Proposes amendments to the Maryland Constitution, which must be ratified by the voters during the general election.

Meets in regular session for 90 calendar days each year beginning the second Wednesday in January to act on more than 2500 pieces of legislation and the State’s annual capital and operating budgets.

Meets in special session when called by the Governor or when a majority of each house petitions the Governor.


When is the legislative session?

The Maryland House and Senate convene for 90 consecutive days each year.  The next session begins on January 10th and will end April 9th, 2018.


What is a legislative district?

A legislative districts is an area from which delegates and senators are elected to serve on state legislature.  Population and geography determine legislative districts are proposed by the governor, and voted on by the General Assembly.


What is the House of Delegates?

The Maryland House of Delegates is the lower house of the legislature of the State of Maryland. It consists of 141delegates elected from 47 districts.


What is a delegate?

A state delegate represents a legislative district that he or she must reside in.  Along with the State Senate, the House has the power to approve laws, establish executive departments, levy taxes, and propose state constitutional amendments. Both houses also have the power to elect the state treasurer and to appoint a new Governor if the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor are simultaneously vacant. In addition, the House of Delegates has the sole power to impeach members of the executive branch, including the Governor.


How long is a delegate’s term?

A delegate’s term is 4 years long.  After the completed term, the delegate can run for re-election. There are no term limits.


How do I find out who my delegates are?

You can find information about who your delegates are and how to contact them here.


Where is their office?

State delegates have offices in Annapolis and their legislative district.  Delegate Washington’s offices can be found here.


Where can I find information on bills?

You can look up any information about bills that have been introduced, failed, or passed by visiting here.


(Sources: General Assembly of Maryland)