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Maryland Manual, 1971-72
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MARYLAND MANUAL 319
Several proposals were made to amend the Constitution of Maryland.
One withdrew and repealed Chapter 787 of the 1969 Laws and pro-
posed new amendments relating to the creation of the office of Lieu-
tenant Governor; and another withdrew and repealed Chapter 788 of
the 1969 Laws and proposed new amendments providing for the con-
vening of the General Assembly, maximum duration of regular ses-
sions, possible extension of sessions, and creating a General Assembly
Compensation Commission to determine the compensation and allow-
ances of members of the General Assembly.
A HISTORY OF THE 1971 SESSION OF THE
GENERAL ASSEMBLY
The General Assembly met in regular session on January 13, 1971
and adjourned on April 12, 1971.
A total of 2,214 bills were introduced, of which 833 were Senate bills
and 1,381 were House bills. Of the 833 Senate bills, 332 were passed by
both Houses; of this latter number, 317 were signed by the Governor
and 15 were vetoed. Of the 1,381 House bills introduced, 507 were
passed by both Houses, and of this latter number, 481 were signed by
the Governor and 26 were vetoed.
A total of 210 Joint Resolutions were introduced, 96 being in the
Senate and 114 in the House. Of these, 37 Senate Joint Resolutions
and 41 House Joint Resolutions were passed by both Houses. Thirty-
three of the 37 Senate Joint Resolutions were signed by the Governor,
and 40 of the 41 House Joint Resolutions were signed.
The budget bill enacted at this session for the fiscal year ending
June 30, 1972 amounted to $1,799,368,655. The bond construction bill
passed was for a total amount of $104,703,200.
Among the more important laws enacted were: A bill to regulate
standards for industrialized housing units and mobile homes, a bill to
supplement the financing of construction of community college build-
ings by the State, a bill to provide for State assumption of the cost of
public school construction, a bill establishing a non-public State
scholarship program, a bill to provide for creation of the Health
Services Cost Review Commission, a bill enacting for Maryland the
Potomac River Basin Compact, a bill to authorize the creation of a
Public Defender system for the State, a bill providing for an Inmate
Grievance Commission, a bill establishing a Correctional Training
Commission, and a Senate Joint Resolution establishing the Joint
Committee On Ethics for members of the General Assembly.
A number of proposals were made to amend the Constitution of
Maryland. Among the more important were those changing the mini-
mum age for voting to 18, and establishing the membership and
districts for election of members of the General Assembly.
A HISTORY OF THE JUNE, 1971 EXTRAORDINARY
SESSION OF THE SENATE
The Senate met in special session on June 29, 1971 and adjourned
on July 2, 1971.
This session was called by the Governor to enable the Senate to
confirm or reject the nominations of thirty-eight judges created as
the result of the establishment of the District Court System to take
effect July 5, 1971.
The Senate body as a whole convened on June 29, 1971 and then
recessed until July 2, 1971 to allow the Executive Nominations Com-
mittee to interview each nominee.
The constitutional amendment establishing the District Court pro-
vided that no hearing, deliberation or debate on the judgeships should

 
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