HOUSE OF DELEGATES

STANDING COMMITTEES

ECONOMIC MATTERS COMMITTEE

ORIGIN & FUNCTIONS


[photo, House Office Building, 6 Bladen St. (from College Ave.), Annapolis, Maryland] Functions of the Economic Matters Committee trace to the Committee on Accounts formed in 1692. That committee was renamed the Committee on Claims (upon the Treasury) in the 1770s and continued as the Claims Committee from 1776 to 1968. It reformed as the Economic Matters Committee in 1968. Its budgetary and certain other duties transferred to the Appropriations Committee in 1971.

The Economic Matters Committee considers legislation relating to alcoholic beverages; banks and other financial institutions; business occupations and professions; business regulation; commerce; commercial law, including consumer protection; corporations and associations; economic development; electronic commerce; insurance regulation (except health insurance); labor and employment; property and casualty insurance; unemployment insurance; utilities regulation; and workers' compensation.


House Office Building, 6 Bladen St. (from College Ave.), Annapolis, Maryland, April 1999. Photo by Diane P. Frese.


Twenty-four delegates serve on this committee (House Rules 17, 18; Code State Government Article, secs. 2-1102 through 2-1105).


SUBCOMMITTEES

The Economic Matters Committee works through seven subcommittees.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES SUBCOMMITTEE
The Alcoholic Beverages Subcommittee originated as the Alcoholic Beverages Work Group. It reformed as the Alcoholic Beverages Subcommittee in 2007.

The Subcommittee reviews local and statewide legislation regulating the manufacture, sale, and distribution of alcoholic beverages.

BANKING, CONSUMER PROTECTION & COMMERCIAL LAW SUBCOMMITTEE
The Banking, Consumer Protection and Commercial Law Subcommittee began meeting as the Corporations Work Group. It reorganized as the Consumer Protection and Commercial Law Work Group in 2007. Later that year, it reformed as the Consumer Protection and Commercial Law Subcommittee. In January 2019, it reorganized under its present name.

The Subcommittee discusses issues relating to corporations and associations, and commercial law, including consumer protection.

BUSINESS REGULATION SUBCOMMITTEE
The Business Regulation Subcommittee formed in January 2003.

PROPERTY & CASUALTY INSURANCE SUBCOMMITTEE
Functions of the Property and Casualty Insurance Subcommittee started in 1995, when the Real Property Subcommittee formed. Reorganized as the Real Estate and Housing Subcommittee in 1999, it adopted its present name in January 2003, and its earlier functions were transferred to the Environmental Matters Committee.

PUBLIC UTILITIES SUBCOMMITTEE
In January 2003, the Public Utilities Work Group began meeting. It reformed as the Public Utilities Subcommittee in 2007.

The Subcommittee reviews legislation regarding utility regulation.

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE SUBCOMMITTEE
In 1995, the Unemployment Insurance Subcommittee formed.

WORKERS' COMPENSATION SUBCOMMITTEE
The Workers' Compensation Subcommittee organized in 1995.

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