Interesting Facts about the General Assembly in the State of Maryland of the United States of America 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 capital city of the state of Maryland is the Annapolis, however, the largest city of the state is the Baltimore. This certain state is called in different nicknames, such as the Free State, the Chesapeake Bay State, and the Old Line State, for the reason that this state is recognized as the birthplace of America’s religious freedom. 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 general assembly of the state of Maryland is composed of the state legislature and legislative body of the said state and that convenes and opened within the State House of the state’s capital city. The Maryland general assembly is also defined as a bicameral body, which include the upper chamber, which is composed of representatives and the senates, and the lower chamber which is composed of the house of delegates and elected 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. The terms of these elected officials will lasts for four years, however their terms are not limited, and in instances that a vacancy in the position occurs due to disqualification, resignation or death of a member, the Governor of the said state will be the one who will appoint a replacement. 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.