All about the General Assembly in the US State of Maryland The state of Maryland is basically one of the smallest state of the country of the United States of America, and this state is situated in the Mid-Atlantic region of the said country, and borders the other states, such as the Virginia, Washington D.C. and West Virginia to its south and west, Delaware to its east, and to its north, is the state of Pennsylvania. The state’s capital city is the Annapolis, but the largest city is the Baltimore. The state of Maryland is basically called in various nicknames, like the Old Line State, the Free State, and the Chesapeake Bay State, for the basic reason that this specific state is categorized as the birthplace of religious freedom of United States of America. The government in the state of Maryland is the same with the government of the other forty-nine states of the country of the United States of America, and such is conducted and administered according to the state constitution. The Maryland general assembly is basically composed of the legislative body and state legislature of the said state, and such meeting is commonly held in the State House, which is located in the capital city of the state. The general assembly of the state of Maryland is also described as a bicameral body, and that means that is it composed of two houses, namely the upper chamber or the house of senate, along with their representatives; and the lower chamber, which can also be called as the house of the delegates, together with their representatives. The functions of these two houses include judging the qualifications of their members, punishing or expelling their members, and establishing rules for the conduct of its business. In order to be qualified in the delegate and senatorial position, the aspiring officials or politicians needs to be a resident of the state of Maryland for at least a year prior to the election time, the qualified age for a senator should be at least twenty-five years of age, while for a delegate is at least twenty-one years of age, and lastly, is that they should be a citizen of Maryland. Each of the elected officials will basically work in a four-year term, but in instances wherein the position will be unoccupied due to a member’s resignation, death or disqualification, the one who has the power to assign a new member to occupy the said position is called as the governor. The official who led the lower chamber or the house of the delegates is called as the speaker, while in the upper chamber or the house of the senator is called as the president, and these leaders have their own responsibilities duties and prerogatives the allows and enables them to have an influence in the legislation process.