The Joint Committee on Federal Relations originated in 1937 as the Maryland Commission on Intergovernmental Cooperation (Chapter 331, Acts of 1937). The Commission was reorganized under its current name in 1983 (Chapter 401, Acts of 1983). The Committee monitors and evaluates the relations between State and federal government and the impact on the State, local government, and Maryland citizens of proposals to alter those relations. It keeps State legislative and executive officials informed of federal relations and the impact of proposals for change. The Committee serves also as a forum for considering certain State-local issues.
To advance cooperation between the State and other units of government, the Committee proposes enactment of uniform or reciprocal laws; and adoption of compacts and uniform or reciprocal administrative rules. The Committee endorses cooperation of governmental agencies, and the exchange and clearance of research and information.
By law, the Committee has sixteen members. Eight are senators appointed by the Senate President and eight are delegates appointed by the House Speaker. The Senate President and House Speaker name the chair and vice-chair (Code State Government Article, secs. 2-901 through 2-906).
July 18, 2000
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