All about the General Assembly in the US State of Maryland Maryland is located in the region of Mid-Atlantic and is basically recognized as one of the smallest state of the country of the United States of America, and it is basically bordered by the different states of the said country, such as the state of Delaware to its east, the state of Pennsylvania to its north, and the state of West Virginia, Washington D.C. and Virginia to its south and west. The US state of Maryland’s largest city is the city of Baltimore, and its capital city is called as the city of Annapolis. 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 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 primary functions of these two houses during the election include punishing or expelling their members, establishing rules for the conduct of its business, and judging the qualifications of each of their members. In order to be qualified as a senator or delegate, they should be a citizen of the state of Maryland, a resident for at least a year prior to his or her election, and the qualified age for a senator should be at least twenty-five years old and a delegate should be at least twenty-one years old. 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 one who led the upper chamber or the house of the senate is called as the president, while in the house of the delegate or the lower chamber is called the speaker, and they have their own responsibilities, prerogatives and duties that allows them to influence the process of legislation in a significant method.