Passing on a message from the Legislative Director for our county delegation:
Delegation Begins Bill Process
Requests being taken for local bills in 2014 session
ANNAPOLIS– The Prince George’s County House Delegation is now taking requests for local legislation for the 2014 Maryland General Assembly session.
Delegates and Senators have been asked to submit their requests for legislation affecting the county by Oct. 3 in order to have potential bills written in time for a December 9 public hearing. The group meets weekly on Friday mornings during the 90-day session to consider local issues.
“This local bill hearing is a great way for the public to have direct input into molding state laws that are focused on Prince George’s County,” said Delegate Jolene Ivey, chair of the 23-member delegation.
Once submitted through the delegation office, local bills are drafted and reviewed by the requestor for approval. Bill will be posted on the delegation website, http://www.princegeorgeshousedelegation.com.
Members of the public will have a chance to comment on proposed bills at the Dec. 9 public hearing, being held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Prince George’s County Sports & Learning Complex on Sheriff Road in Landover.
Bills affecting Prince George’s County are then reviewed formally by one of three subcommittees: County Affairs, Law Enforcement & State-Appointed Boards or the delegation’s Bi-County Committee, which handles legislation affecting the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission or the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
The full delegation also votes on each proposal before it can proceed through the state legislature. The Maryland General Assembly meets in 2014 from Jan. 8 to April 7.