Howard County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly

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Public Hearing on Statewide Issues

The Howard County Delegation of the Maryland General Assembly, chaired by Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary and Senator Guy Guzzone, held a public hearing February 22, 2017, for citizen input on statewide issues that may be considered by the legislature during the current legislative session. The Delegation heard testimony from members of the public on statewide issues.  If you would like to view the video for this hearing click here to view the Hearing Introductions, click here to view the Hearing Testimony.

No Howard County local bills that were previously given a public hearing were heard. However, Howard County – Fire and Explosive Investigator - Authority, Ho. Co. 24–17 (HB1343), and Creation of a State Debt – Howard County - Tau Pi Mentoring Program, Ho. Co. 25-17, which were not previously heard, were first on the agenda at this hearing. The Delegation encourages submission of written testimony, so if you were unable to attend this hearing, you are welcome to send your written testimony directly to your representatives or the Delegation Administrator at

You can continue tracking legislation of interest on the Maryland General Assembly (MGA) website throughout the legislative session. The MGA website includes information about hearing schedules and rules pertaining to giving your testimony to the assigned committees, if you are interested.

Public Hearing on 2017 Local Bills

The Howard County Delegation of the Maryland General Assembly, chaired by Senator Guy Guzzone and Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary, heard testimony from the public on drafted local bills Wednesday, December 21st, 2016, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Banneker Room at the George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD. No testimony on other issues was permitted since a second hearing devoted to statewide bills was scheduled for February 2017. Individuals were given up to 3 minutes to testify on each bill, as long as they signed up before the hearing. If you would like to view the video of this hearing please click here. Short descriptions of the 2017 local bills appear on the Proposed Local Legislation page. If you would like to view videos of the meetings regarding legislation from the 2016 legislative session please click here

Delegation Schedule 2017

The 2017 legislative session began on January 11, 2017, and ends on April 10, 2017. The Howard County Delegation of the Maryland General Assembly held a public hearing on statewide issues in February in Howard County. The Delegation also holds meetings during the legislative session to discuss proposed legislation. These meetings are held in Annapolis, and are open to the public. Additional details about delegation meetings will be posted on this page as they are scheduled.