COMMITTEES AND CAUCUSES
The Maryland House of Delegates has 7 standing committees which have jurisdiction over specific issue areas. These committees play an important role in the legislative process, hold hearings and oversee agencies and programs within their purview.
Delegate Charles has been appointed to the following committees for the 439th Maryland General Assembly:
The Committee considers legislation relating to emergency medical services; health care; health facilities, equipment, and products; health insurance; health occupations and professions; public health, including Medicaid; and long-term care. The Committee also is concerned with laws relating to administrative law; civil rights; State government organization, procedures, and operations; and procurement.
Health Occupations & Long-Term Care Subcommittee
Functions of the Health Occupations and Long-Term Care Subcommittee drew from the Health Facilities and Occupations Subcommittee, organized in November 2005, and the Government Operations and Long-Term Care Subcommittee, started in January 2015. The present subcommittee was established in February 2017. This committee has jurisdiction over the following State Agencies: Maryland Department of Health, Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC), and Maryland Health & Higher Educational Facilities Authority.
Insurance & Pharmaceuticals Subcommittee
The Insurance Subcommittee was created in January 2003 as the Health Insurance Subcommittee. It reformed as the Insurance Subcommittee in November 2004, and under its present name assumed responsibilities formerly overseen by the Health Facilities and Pharmaceuticals Subcommittee in January 2019. This committee has jurisdiction over the following State Agencies: Maryland Insurance Administration, Maryland Health Insurance Plan, and Maryland Health Benefit Exchange.
The Maryland House of Delegates has 27 House Delegations which have jurisdiction over each of their own local and bi-county bills that are then assigned to one of the following committees (County Affairs, Education, Law Enforcement, and Bi-County) for study and review before being voted on in the full House Delegation. The local committee then votes to make a recommendation to the full delegation.
Delegate Charles has been appointed Vice-Chair to the following committees for the 439th Maryland General Assembly:
The committee considers legislation relating to Alcoholic Beverages, Police, Courts, Gaming, Criminal Procedure, and Public Safety.
In the Maryland House of Delegates there are also a number of Caucuses comprised of Members - to pursue common policy objectives. Delegate Charles is a member of the following caucuses:
Maryland House Opiod Workgroup