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two Senate bills vetoed were submitted to the Special Session of May
25, 1962. The veto of the Governor on both bills was sustained by
No Joint Resolutions were introduced at this special session of the
The special session of the General Assembly was called by the
Governor to consider legislation to open places of public accommoda-
tion to persons of all races. A bill to accomplish this purpose which
had been introduced at the 1962 Regular Session had failed of passage,
because of constitutional limitations. Such a bill again failed of pass-
age at the special session.
An emergency appropriation of $1,000,000 was authorized from the
State's General Fund Surplus for storm relief on the Eastern Shore
of Maryland, particularly the Atlantic Coast line of Worcester County,
severely damaged by a winter storm in March of 1962. Other local
bond issues and necessary local laws were adopted at the session.
A HISTORY OF
THE SECOND SPECIAL SESSION OF THE
GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF 1962
By his proclamation the Governor convened the General Assembly
in special session for its 331st meeting. The session began on May 25,
1962, and ended on May 31, 1962, meeting for seven days.
A total of 25 bills was introduced, of which nine were Senate bills
and 16 were House bills. One Senate bill and one House bill were
passed and signed by the Governor. There were no vetoes of bills.
One Senate Joint Resolution and 4 House Joint Resolutions were
introduced. None of the resolutions was passed by both Houses.
This Second Special Session of 1962 was called by the Governor as
the result of an order of the Circuit Court of Anne Arundel County,
following a decision of the Maryland Court of Appeals, declaring
void that section of the State Constitution apportioning the members
of the House of Delegates. Bills were introduced providing for re-
apportionment of the House, both by the Constitution and by statute.
One bill was passed, a statute, temporarily raising the number of
members of the House from 123 to 142, for the term of office begin-
ning in 1963 and ending in 1966. This apportionment guaranteed each
county and each legislative district of Baltimore City a minimum of
two seats, and apportioned the excess up to 142 on the basis of popu-
lation. Beginning with the 1967 term of office, the membership of the
House drops back to 123, while still guaranteeing the minimum of
two and apportioning the excess on a population basis.
The General Assembly rejected a Constitutional re-apportionment
bill. The statutory apportionment passed provides by its terms that
it will be superseded by any Constitutional apportionment when passed.
A HISTORY OF
THE 1963 SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
The General Assembly of Maryland met in approximately its 332nd
session on January 2, 1963. It adjourned on the evening of April
A total of 1,759 bills was introduced, of which 644 were Senate
bills and 1,115 were House bills. Four hundred and fifteen Senate bills
passed both Houses; 401 were signed by the Governor and 14 were