Ways & Means Committee, Maryland House of Delegates

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The Ways & Means Committee is a standing committee of the Maryland House of Delegates. Per House Rule 18, the committee is made up of 23 members.[1]
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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.[2][3]

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.


A predecessor of the Ways and Means Committee appeared in the House of Delegates in 1791. Named the Committee on Public Revenues, Debts and Expenditures, and Ways and Means, it apparently formed as a special committee for that legislative session only. As a standing committee, the Ways and Means Committee began in 1818.

The Ways and Means Committee is responsible for legislation relating to children, youth, and families; education financing; primary and secondary education; elections; lottery and horseracing; taxation; and transportation funding and revenues.[1][4]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Ways & Means Members, 2015
Democratic members (14)Republican members (8)
Sheila Hixson, ChairKathy Afzali
Frank Turner, Vice ChairJason C. Buckel
Darryl BarnesKevin Hornberger
Eric EbersoleBob Long
Diana FennellRic Metzgar
Carolyn HowardTeresa Reilly
Anne KaiserHaven Shoemaker
Eric LuedtkeMeagan C. Simonaire
Edith J. Patterson
Andrew Platt
Jimmy Tarlau
Jay Walker (Maryland)
Mary Washington
Alonzo Washington


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2011 legislative session.


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2009 legislative session.

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Maryland State Archives, "Ways & Means Committee - Origin & Functions," accessed January 22, 2014
  2. Maryland State Archives, "The Legislative Process: How a Bill Becomes a Law," accessed January 22, 2014
  3. Information submitted by legislative librarian Annette Haldeman via email to a Ballotpedia staffer on February 11, 2014.
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.