Giving helping hands to legislative process

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February 20, 2006

Since this session of the Maryland General Assembly began Jan. 11, delegates and senators have introduced approximately 2,500 bills for consideration by the legislative body.

Hundreds of copies of each bill are collated and counted by hand each day in the Bill Room, which is located in the basement of the Legislative Services building in Annapolis.

Eleven bill collators organize these copies. The group, led by Edgar Bowen, assembles each bill at specially designed motorized tables. Ten bills are put together at a time at each table. When they are completed, copies are distributed to legislators, staff, lobbyists and the public.

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