Environmental Matters Committee, Maryland House of Delegates (decommissioned)

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The Environmental Matters Committee is a former standing committee of the Maryland House of Delegates. This committee was changed to the Environment and Transportation Committee.
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Per House Rule 17, committees in the Maryland House of Delegates are assigned by the Speaker of the House. Committees are appointed at the beginning of each session. The Speaker is also responsible for appointing chairs and vice chairs, and referring bills and resolutions to a committee. The House may suspend the rules to consider a bill or resolution without reference to a committee, provided that each member receives a copy. A member of a standing committee whose main function is to consider legislation may not serve as a member of another such standing committee.[1][2]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: The text of the House rules is not available electronically, but can be found in the print version of the House Journal. Rules 17, 18 and 33 have been reproduced for Ballotpedia by request, and can be found here. For more information, contact the Department of Legislative Services.


In 1969, the Environmental Matters Committee was established. The House of Delegates, however, had formed earlier standing committees concerned with the environment. The Committee on Chesapeake Bay and its Tributaries, for example, had functioned from 1872 to 1968. Created in 1947, the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee also had continued until 1968, when the Natural Resources Committee briefly was established. In the following year, the Environmental Matters Committee assumed responsibilities of that committee.

The Environmental Matters Committee is assigned legislation relating to agriculture; bi-county agencies; environmental matters, including agricultural land preservation, program open space, and vehicle emissions; ethics; housing, landlord and tenant, and real property, including lead paint; local government; natural resources; and transportation (non-revenue related), including highways, bridges, mass transit, and motor vehicles.[3][4]



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External links


  1. Maryland State Archives, "The Legislative Process: How a Bill Becomes a Law," accessed January 22, 2014
  2. Information submitted by legislative librarian Annette Haldeman via email to a Ballotpedia staffer on February 11, 2014.
  3. Maryland State Archives, "Environmental Matters Committee - Origin & Functions," accessed January 22, 2014
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.