The General Assembly begins on the second Wednesday in January of each year and runs through mid-April. The session lasts for 90 consecutive calendar days. The final day of session is called "Sine Die."
President Schmoke travels to Annapolis regularly during the legislative session to meet with state legislators to fully represent the University of Baltimore and its needs, priorities and accomplishments. The president delivers testimony on key issues affecting the University, including the University's budget request. He works with the USM Board of Regents, the chancellor, other USM presidents, the Governor's Office and the Maryland Higher Education Commission on Maryland's higher education issues. Visit the Publications page for previous testimony and further information.
The UB president talks to legislators throughout the year through on-campus visits, telephone and Annapolis visits to educate members about the University. He hosts legislator visits on campus, including campus tours and meetings with deans and faculty.
The president is the University's official representative to the General Assembly. Anita Harewood, vice president for government and community relations, serves as the University's liaison to state legislators in Annapolis and the University's federal representatives.
Among the many ways that you can participate in the legislative process are contacting your home legislator or attending public hearings.
Contact your legislators to discuss important issues. If you need to find the names and telephone numbers of your representatives, visit MD Legislature.
Participate in the Student Day in Annapolis. This event is jointly sponsored by the Office of Government and Community Relations and the Center for Student Involvement and is open to University students who wish to learn more about the legislative process. The event offers students an introduction to the General Assembly and exposure to state legislators.
For information on pending legislation, please visit the Maryland General Assembly Web site. If you have the legislation's bill number, you can simply type the bill number into the search engine to find bill information, description, sponsor and status.
You may also find legislative highlights for the current session on the UB Government and Community Relations website.
The Office of the President welcomes the UB community's feedback about legislation affecting the University of Baltimore. Please email us at email@example.com to express your opinion about legislative issues.