Office of the Executive Director (OED)
The Executive Director of the Department of Legislative
Services has overall responsibility and ultimate authority for the
administration of the department and provides overall direction for its
functions and activities. The office provides administrative activities of the
General Assembly including personnel, benefits, budget, accounting,
procurement, supply inventories, distribution of bills and mail, and printing.
Additionally, the office is responsible for coordinating a new legislators'
orientation at the beginning of each new four-year term. This office is also
responsible for coordinating the work of the Joint Committee to Select the
Treasurer every four years. The position of Counsel to the Joint Committee on
Legislative Ethics, which functions as Ethics Advisor to the General Assembly,
falls under OED. Finally, reapportionment, which occurs after the U.S. census
every 10 years, requires redistricting in the State. OED is responsible for
oversight of legislative and congressional redistricting.
The General Assembly employs a
full-time Ethics Counsel who is responsible for advising legislators regarding
the applications of the Ethics Law. Each member is required by law to meet
individually with the Ethics Counsel at least once a year.
The relationship between the Ethics
Counsel and each member is one of attorney and client, and all communications
are confidential unless the member chooses to make them public. If a complaint
is filed against a legislator, the Ethics Counsel may not participate in the
investigation or any activities of a prosecutorial nature.
The Ethics Counsel can provide
advice (written or oral) about any aspect of the Ethics Law. Additionally, the
Ethics Counsel can assist a member in preparing a request for a formal opinion
of the Joint Ethics Committee.
Finance & Administrative Services
This office manages all financial
services in the department and the General Assembly, including accounts payable
and receivable, budgeting, fiscal planning and reporting, procurement,
facilities management, and telecommunications. The office is also responsible
for mail pickup and delivery and distribution of legislative bills, hearing
schedules, and other legislative documents, as well as a subscription mailing
service, a customer "bin" pickup service, and a centralized FAX
Human Resources Office
The Human Resources Office is
responsible for personnel activities for the employees of the department and
for the Maryland General Assembly. Specific functions include recruitment,
retirement, training and orientation, benefits coordination, records
processing, payroll, and related activities required to maintain personnel
services. During the legislative session, the Human Resources Office serves
approximately 1,100 employees. This unit advises management on pertinent
employment issues, provides guidance to employees regarding departmental
procedures, and maintains oversight of legal issues in the labor and employment
area. This unit also coordinates the General Assembly's page and intern
programs that provide opportunities for students from Maryland high schools and
colleges to participate in the work of the legislature.
Legislative Document Management
Legislative Document Management is
a multifaceted operation that produces all legislative documents, including
bills and other official documents of the General Assembly, as well as
departmental reports and materials. Responsibilities include data entry, proofreading,
graphic design, and the operation of a full service print shop.