University of Baltimore Office of Government and Public Affairs
When is the General Assembly's legislative session?
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."
What is the UB president's role during the legislative session?
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.
When does the president talk to legislators?
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.
Who represents UB to the General Assembly?
The president is the University's official representative to the General Assembly. Anita Harewood, vice president for government and public affairs, and Suzanne Tabor, director of government relations, serve as the University's liaison to state legislators in Annapolis and as the University's federal representatives.
Who are our elected officials that represent UB?
Where do I go if I want to participate in the legislative process?
Among the many ways that you can participate in the legislative process is to contact your home legislator or attend public hearings.
Contact your legislators to discuss important issues. If you need to find the names and telephone numbers of your representatives, visit Maryland Legislature.
Participate in the Student Day in Annapolis. This event is jointly sponsored by the Office of Government and Public Affairs 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.
How can I research pending legislation?
For information on pending legislation, visit the Maryland General Assembly web site. If you have the legislation's bill number, simply type that 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 Public Affairs website.
Where can I express my opinion about pending legislation?