About Proceedings

Both chambers hold their sessions in the morning, except for Monday when floor sessions convene at 8:00 p.m. On Tuesday through Thursday, session begins at 10:00 a.m. On Friday, the Senate and the House usually convene around 11:00 a.m. except during the final weeks of session when the schedule reverts to 10:00 a.m. on Friday. Additional late afternoon, night, and weekend sessions are sometimes required by both houses.

Senate Order of Business:

  1. Call to order.
  2. Reading of the journal
  3. Presentation of petitions, memorials, and other papers.
  4. Presentation of orders.
  5. Introduction of bills and resolutions.
  6. Introduction of Senate Resolutions.
  7. Introduction of visitors.
  8. Unfinished business.
  9. Laid over bills.
  10. Reports of standing committees.
  11. Reports of select committees.
  12. Special orders of the day.
  13. Third reading calendars.
  14. Adjournment.


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2017 Regular Session Proceedings:


  • Senate Proceedings No. 49
  • Agenda   |  Bottom
  • Convened 10:14 AM, Legislative Day 03/20/17, Calendar Day 03/22/17
  • Adjourned 12:48 PM, until Mar 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM, (Legislative Day 03/21) In memory of Secretary Edward Chow Jr. - Journalized
  • Invocation
  • Attendance Quorum: 47
  • Announcements
  • First Citizen Award
  • Senator Nancy King
  • Senator Katherine Klausmeier
  • Senator Delores Kelley
  • Resolution: University of Maryland University College - 70 years of distinguished service educating adult learners in Maryland and the U.S. Armed Forces around the world. Adopted (47-0)
  • Letter of Reassignment
  • HB 1145
  • Reassigned to Finance
  • Ceremony Honoring Fallen Heroes
  • Resolution: Chuck Ritz - your outstanding leadership and efforts as the Founder of the Hope and Peace Foundation to remember Marylanders who lost their lives in combat. Adopted (47-0)
  • Laid Overs No. 13
  • SB 1023
  • Favorable with Amendments {294532/1 Adopted (30-15)
  • Floor Amendment {643522/1 (Senator Jennings) Rejected (16-30)
  • Floor Amendment {613529/1 (Senator Ready) Rejected (17-28)
  • Second Reading Passed with Amendments
  • Late Introduction Bills
  • SB 1197
  • Motion Rules Suspend for Late Introduction (Senator Peters) Adopted
  • Referred Senate Rules
  • Committee Report No. 17 Budget and Taxation
  • SB 957
  • Favorable with Amendments {189937/1 Adopted
  • Second Reading Passed with Amendments
  • Quorum: 44
  • Third Reading Calendar - Senate No. 58
  • SB 260
  • Third Reading Passed (45-0)
  • SB 651
  • Third Reading Passed (32-15)
  • SB 760
  • Third Reading Passed (32-15)
  • SB 839
  • Third Reading Passed (47-0)
  • SB 983
  • Third Reading Passed (29-18)
  • Special Orders No. 35
  • SB 783
  • Motion Recommit to Committee (Senator Zirkin) Adopted
  • SB 705
  • Motion Special Order until 3/23 (Senator Ferguson) Adopted
  • SB 167
  • Motion Recommit to Committee (Senator Conway) Adopted
  • HB 150
  • Favorable with Amendments
  • Committee Amendment (#1-15) Adopted
  • Committee Amendment (#16-27) Adopted
  • Committee Amendment (#28-38) Adopted
  • Committee Amendment (#39-50) Adopted
  • Committee Amendment (#51-63) Adopted
  • Committee Amendment (#64-72) Adopted
  • Committee Amendment (#73) Adopted (33-14)
  • Committee Amendment (#74-76) Adopted
  • Favorable with Amendments Adopted
  • Floor Committee Amendment {399938/1 Adopted
  • Floor Amendment {263722/1 (Senator Kagan) Rejected (11-36)
  • Second Reading Passed with Amendments
  • HB 152
  • Favorable with Amendments {129234/1
  • Committee Amendment (#1-4) Adopted
  • Committee Amendment (#5-9) Adopted
  • Committee Amendment (#10-13) Adopted
  • Committee Amendment (#14-17) Adopted
  • Committee Amendment (#18-22) Adopted
  • Favorable with Amendments Adopted
  • Second Reading Passed with Amendments
  • SB 946
  • Floor Amendment {713625/1 (Senator Eckardt)
  • Motion Special Order until 3/23 (Senator Smith) Adopted
  • Late Introduction Bills
  • SB 1198
  • Motion Rules Suspend for Late Introduction (Senator Peters) Adopted
  • Referred Senate Rules
  • Quorum: 47
  • Adjourned 12:48 PM, until Mar 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM, (Legislative Day 03/21) In memory of Secretary Edward Chow Jr.
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