Appropriations Committee, Maryland House of Delegates

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The Appropriations Committee is a standing committee of the Maryland House of Delegates. Per House Rule 18, the committee is made up of 27 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.


The Appropriations Committee originated in 1692 as the Committee on Accounts. By the Revolutionary War era, it had become the Committee on Claims (upon the Treasury). The Claims Committee functioned from 1776 to 1968 when its responsibilities were shifted briefly to the Economic Matters Committee. In 1971, budgetary and other duties were assigned to the Appropriations Committee created in that year.

The Appropriations Committee reviews legislation relating to State operating and capital budgets, including supplementary appropriations; State and county bond authorizations; collective bargaining; fiscal procedures; higher education institutions; State and local agency procedures and programs; State personnel and pension matters; and social services.[1][4]


2015 legislative session

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

Appropriations Members, 2015
Democratic members (18)Republican members (9)
Maggie McIntosh, ChairWendell Beitzel
James Proctor, Jr., Vice-ChairMary Beth Carozza
Ben BarnesBarrie Ciliberti
Mark S. ChangJeff Ghrist
Tawanna GainesRobin L. Grammer, Jr.
Ana Sol GutierrezTony McConkey
Keith HaynesMike McKay
Shelly HettlemanDavid Vogt
Michael A. JacksonWilliam Wivell
Adrienne Jones
Marc Korman
Carol L. Krimm
Brooke Elizabeth Lierman
Aruna Miller
Barbara Robinson
Theodore Sophocleus
Pat Young
Craig Zucker


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, "Appropriations 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.