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About the General Assembly

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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.

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.

Legislative Services:

  • The Department of Legislative Services provides central nonpartisan staff services to support and assist the General Assembly as a whole, its committees and subcommittees, and individual legislators.

A Message from the President and the Speaker

The Legislative Process

Maryland General Assembly Personnel Guidelines

Maryland General Assembly Anti-Harassment Policy and Procedures

What's Happening Now

In preparation for the upcoming 2019 Legislative session, system testing will be performed using high-order bill numbers, starting at HB2010 for house bills, and SB2010 for senate bills. Testing will include the creation of mock proceedings. Please disregard.

When testing is completed, the bill numbers and proceedings will be removed from the web site.

Posted: 12/6/2018 8:45 A.M.

Senate Session Status


until Wednesday, December 12, 2018
at 10:00 AM

House Session Status


until Wednesday, December 12, 2018
at 10:00 AM

In the General Assembly
Dates of Interest Interim Session
Committee Meetings
Previous Committee Meetings
Senate Committees
House Committees
Other Committees
Live Senate Committees On Air
Budget and Taxation
      Capital Budget
      Education, Business and Administration
      Health and Human Services
      Public Safety, Transportation, and Environment
Education, Health & Environmental Affairs
Judicial Proceedings
Senate Executive Nominations
Live House Committees On Air
      Capital Budget
      Education and Economic Development
      Health and Social Services
      Public Safety and Administration
      Transportation and the Environment
Economic Matters
Environment and Transportation
Health and Government Operations
Ways and Means
House Rules and Executive Nominations
Live Other Hearing Rooms On Air
HOB Hearing Room 142
Joint Hearing Room