Economic Matters Committee, Maryland House of Delegates

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The Economic Matters Committee is a standing committee of the Maryland House of Delegates. Per House Rule 18, the committee is made up of 24 members.[1]

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.


Functions of the Economic Matters Committee trace to the Committee on Accounts formed in 1692. That committee was renamed the Committee on Claims (upon the Treasury) in the 1770s and continued as the Claims Committee from 1776 to 1968. It reformed as the Economic Matters Committee in 1968. Its budgetary and certain other duties transferred to the Appropriations Committee in 1971.

The Economic Matters Committee considers legislation relating to alcoholic beverages; banks and other financial institutions; business regulation, including related occupations and professions; commercial law; corporations and associations; economic development; electronic commerce; labor and employment; property and casualty insurance; unemployment insurance; utilities regulation, including electric, gas, and telecommunications; and workers' compensation.[1][4]


2015 legislative session

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

Economic Matters Members, 2015
Democratic members (15)Republican members (8)
Dereck Davis, ChairChristopher T. Adams
Sally Jameson, Vice-ChairSteve Arentz
Charles BarkleySusan Aumann
Talmadge BranchMark Fisher (Maryland)
Benjamin Brooks (Maryland)Seth Howard
Edward CareyRick Impallaria
Luke ClippingerJohnny Mautz
Bill FrickWarren Miller
Cheryl Glenn
Benjamin Kramer
Mary Ann Lisanti
Kris Valderrama
Michael Vaughn
Jeff Waldstreicher
C.T. Wilson


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, "Economic Matters 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.