House and Senate committee meetings usually are held about 1 p.m., after the full sessions.
Committee meetings usually are scheduled about two weeks in advance. Information on bills being heard is available at the information desk in the basement of the State House or at the information desk in the basement of the Legislative Services Building. Copies of bills are available in the bill room of the Legislative Services Building. People can have copies of bills mailed to them by calling information services. Those numbers, which can be called for other information purposes as well, are 841-3810 or 841-3886 from the Baltimore metropolitan area, or 858-3886 from the Washington metropolitan area.
The State House is open whenever the General Assembly is in session. Members of the public are not allowed on the floor of the House or Senate when either chamber is meeting.
Parking is available in garages at Calvert and West streets, and between Main and Duke of Gloucester streets. Parking also is available at the U.S. Naval Academy Stadium, where a shuttle bus takes visitors to the State House and downtown area.
Be aware of residential parking signs throughout Annapolis, where parking is limited to only a few hours.
Significant events of the 1991 General Assembly session.
Jan. 9 (Wednesday)
General Assembly convenes at noon. Members sworn in.
Jan. 16 (Wednesday)
Inauguration of governor and lieutenant governor.
Jan. 18 (Friday)
Governor delivers state of the state address at noon.
Governor introduces the state budget.
Jan. 26 (Friday)
Chief Judge delivers state of judiciary address at noon.
Jan. 28 (Monday)
Final date for governor to introduce capital budget bill.
Feb. 15 (Monday)
"Green bag" appointments to be delivered by governor. This list of appointments to state boards and commissions traditionally is delivered to the General Assembly in a green bag.
March 4 (Monday)
Final day for introduction of bills. Any bills introduced after this day first must be referred to Rules Committee.
April 1 (Monday)
Deadline for passage of state budget by both chambers.
April 8 (Monday)
Assembly adjourns at midnight.
April 28 (Sunday)
Final day for bills to be presented to governor.
May 28 (Tuesday)
Deadline for governor to sign or veto bills.
Date most bills take effect.
Information, please . . .
Delegation offices can be helpful in providing information about legislative issues affecting Baltimore and the surrounding counties. Here are the delegation numbers:
Baltimore County: 841-3332
Anne Arundel County: 841-3209
Harford County: 841-3289
Howard County: 841-3205
Carroll County: 841-3371
While the session continues through April 8, the Maryland Department of Legislative Reference provides facts at 841-3810 or 841-3886. TDD for the deaf: 841-3814.
Frequently called offices
Governor of Maryland
William Donald Schaefer, 974-3901
President of the Senate
Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., 841-3700.
Speaker of the House
R. Clayton Mitchell Jr., 841-3800.
Ways & Means: 841-3469
Environmental Matters: 841-3534
Administrative Law: 841-3502
Economic Matters: 841-3519
Budget & Taxation: 841-3690
Economic and Environmental Affairs: 841-3661
Judicial Proceedings: 841-3623
Legislators in the Baltimore metropolitan area
The following is a list of the names, party affiliations, office locations and direct dial telephone numbers for Baltimore-area legislators.
District 4 -- Howard, Carroll and Frederick counties
Sen. Charles H. Smelser, D, Room 100, 841-3704
Del. Thomas H. Hattery, D, Room 209, 841-3107
Del. George H. Littrell Jr., D, Room 209, 841-3107
Del. Donald B. Elliott, R, Room 306, 841-3371
District 5 -- Baltimore and Carroll counties
Sen. Larry E. Haines, R, Room 403, 841-3683
Del. Richard N. Dixon, D, Room 306, 841-3371
Del. Lawrence LaMotte, D, Room 209, 841-3109
Del. Richard Matthews, R, Room 306, 841-3371
District 6 -- Baltimore County
Sen. Michael J. Collins, D, Room 211, 841-3642
Del. Leslie Hutchinson, D, Room 303, 841-3332
Del. E. Farrell Maddox, D, Room 305, 841-3332
Del. Michael H. Weir, D, Room 303, 841-3384
District 7 -- Baltimore County
Sen. Norman R. Stone Jr., D, Room 216, 841-3587
Del. John S. Arnick, D, Room 121, 841-3488
Del. Louis L. DePazzo, D, Room 305, 841-3334
Del. Connie C. Galiazzo, D, Room 305, 841-3334
District 8 -- Baltimore County
Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell, D, Room 215, 841-3620
Del. Joseph Bartenfelder, D, Room 307, 841-3365
Del. Alfred W. Redmer Jr., D, Room 307, 841-3365
Del. James F. Ports, D, Room 307, 841-3365
District 9 -- Baltimore County
Sen. F. Vernon Boozer, R, Room 410, 841-3706