Rules Committee, Maryland State Senate

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The Rules Committee is a standing committee of the Maryland State Senate. Per Senate Rule 18, the committee is made up of 11 members.[1]

Per Senate Rule 18, committees in the Maryland State Senate are appointed by the President of the Senate at the beginning of each session of the Maryland General Assembly. The President is responsible for appointing chairs and vice chairs, and referring bills and resolutions to a committee. The Senate may suspend the rules to consider a bill or resolution with reference to a committee, provided that each member is given 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 Senate rules is not available electronically, but can be found in the print version of the Senate Journal. Rules 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 Constitution of 1776 (sec. 24) provided that each house was to ." . . settle its own rules of proceeding." In November 1796, the Senate formed a committee to "report rules and regulations to be observed in the Senate." Called first the Committee on Rules and Regulations, it came to be known as the Rules Committee.

Proposals regarding rules, organization, and procedures of the Senate or the General Assembly are considered by the Rules Committee. Also, the Committee reviews proposed legislation introduced after the bill introduction deadline in a regular session and determines which of those bills it will refer to standing committees.[1][4]


2015 legislative session

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

Rules Members, 2015
Democratic members (8)Republican members (2)
Katherine Klausmeier, ChairGeorge Edwards (Maryland)
James DeGrange, Sr., Vice-ChairJ.B. Jennings
John Astle
Joan Carter Conway
Edward Kasemeyer
Nathaniel McFadden
Thomas Mac Middleton
Thomas Mike Miller, Jr. (Maryland)


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, "Rules 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.