Environmental Matters Committee, Maryland House of Delegates

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The Environmental Matters Committee is a standing committee of the Maryland House of Delegates.

Origins and Functions

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; ethics; local government; motor vehicles; natural resources; real property and housing; and transportation (non-revenue related). This committee is composed of twenty-two delegates[1].

Subcommittees

By 1976, the Environmental Matters Committee used two subcommittees: Adequate Public Facilities, and Health and Mental Hygiene. By 1982, six subcommittees reviewed legislation: Crab Waste; Fire Safety; Health Boards Funding; Mosquito Control; Public Lands; and Public Service Commission Laws. Later, the Committee worked through three subcommittees: Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources; Health; and Public Utilities. From January 2003 to December 2005, seven subcommittees functioned: Agriculture, Agriculture Preservation, and Open Space; Environment; Housing and Real Property; Local Government and Bi-County Agencies; Motor Vehicles and Transportation; and Natural Resources and Ethics. In 2006, the Land Use and Ethics Subcommittee was added to aid the Committee's work, and the Natural Resources and Ethics Subcommittee was renamed the Natural Resources Committee.

Agriculture, Agriculture Preservation & Open Space Subcommittee The Agriculture, Agriculture Preservation and Open Space Subcommittee began as the Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Subcommittee in 1999. It reorganized under its present name in January 2003.

Environment Subcommittee The Environment Subcommittee originated as the Environmental and Natural Resources Subcommittee in 1995. In 1999, it reformed as the Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Subcommittee, and became the Environment Subcommittee in January 2003.

Housing & Real Property Subcommittee In January 2003, the Housing and Real Property Subcommittee began under the Environmental Matters Committee.

Land use & Ethics Subcommittee The Land Use and Ethics Subcommittee organized in January 2006.

Local Government & Bi-County Agencies Subcommittee The Local Government and Bi-County Agencies Subcommittee started in January 2003.

Motor Vehicles & Transportation Subcommittee The Motor Vehicles and Transportation Subcommittee formed in January 2003.

Natural Resources Subcommittee The Natural Resources Subcommittee started in 1995 as the Environmental and Natural Resources Subcommittee. In 1999, it reformed as the Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Subcommittee. In January 2003, it became the Natural Resources Subcommittee, and combined with the Ethics Subcommittee to form the Natural Resources and Ethics Subcommittee in January 2005. In January 2006, it reformed as the Natural Resources Subcommittee.

Members

2011-2012

Republican Party Republicans (8)

Democratic Party Democrats (16)

2009-2010

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