Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee, Maryland State Senate
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|“||Functions of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee started in the Economic Affairs Committee which became the Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee in 1985. The Committee reformed under its present name effective April 10, 2001 (Senate Rules 18(a)(1)).
Because the concerns of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee cover a broad range of legislation, the Committee's origins trace to many earlier committees. Among these were standing committees concerned with agriculture, education, natural resources, and economic affairs.
The Standing Committee on Agriculture and Manufactors was created in March of 1839 and by December of that year renamed the Standing Committee on Agriculture. In 1880, it was reorganized as the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Labor. The Committee was renamed the Standing Committee on Agriculture in 1945. Its responsibilities later would devolve on the Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee.
In 1900, the Standing Committee on Fish and Game was formed and continued until 1943. Concerns of that committee were assumed in 1945 by the Standing Committee on Natural Resources. In 1951, the Standing Committee on Agriculture and the Standing Committee on Natural Resources merged to become the Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee. Responsibilities of the Committee were reassigned in 1967 to the newly formed Economic Affairs Committee from which the Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee was created in 1984.
Duties of other earlier committees were assumed by the Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee. Among these were the Standing Committee on Education (1856-1966) and the Standing Committee on Chesapeake Bay and its Tributaries (1860-1966). Responsibilities of both Committees fell to the Economic Affairs Committee in 1967 and were assigned to the Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee in 1984.
Today, the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee reviews legislation relating to agriculture and land preservation; alcoholic beverages; licensing and regulation of businesses, including business, health, and related occupations and professions; education policy; elections; energy; environment; ethics; fire prevention; local government; natural resources; procurement; State government organization and procedures; and veterans affairs.
2015 legislative session
The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.
|Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Members, 2015|
|Democratic members (7)||Republican members (4)|
|• Joan Carter Conway, Chair||• Gail Bates|
|• Paul Pinsky, Vice-Chair||• Johnny Ray Salling|
|• Cheryl Kagan||• Bryan Simonaire|
|• Karen Montgomery||• Stephen Waugh|
|• Shirley Nathan-Pulliam|
|• Jim Rosapepe|
|• Ronald Young|
The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2011 legislative session.
|Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Members, 2011|
|Democratic members (8)||Republican members (3)|
|• Joan Carter Conway, Chair||• J.B. Jennings|
|• Roy Dyson, Vice-Chair||• Edward R. Reilly|
|• Joanne Benson||• Bryan Simonaire|
|• William Ferguson, IV|
|• Karen Montgomery|
|• Paul Pinsky|
|• Jim Rosapepe|
|• Ronald Young|
The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2009 legislative session.
|Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Members, 2009|
|Democratic members (6)||Republican members (5)|
|• Joan Carter Conway, Chair||• Edward R. Reilly|
|• Roy Dyson, Vice-Chair||• Richard Colburn|
|• Michael Lenett||• Andrew Harris|
|• Jim Rosapepe||• Allan Kittleman|
|• Paul Pinsky||• Edward R. Reilly|
|• David Harrington, Maryland Senator|
- Maryland State Archives, "Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee - Origin & Functions," accessed January 22, 2014
- Maryland State Archives, "The Legislative Process: How a Bill Becomes a Law," accessed January 22, 2014
- Information submitted by legislative librarian Annette Haldeman via email to a Ballotpedia staffer on February 11, 2014.
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.