All about the General Assembly in the US State of Maryland Maryland is one of the smallest states of the country of the United States of America, which is located in the region of Mid-Atlantic that borders Washington D.C., West Virginia and Virginia in its west and south point, Delaware to its east, and Pennsylvania, to its north. The state’s capital city is the Annapolis, but the largest city is the Baltimore. The state of Maryland is basically recognized as the place of birth of America’s religious freedom, which is why the state is called in various nicknames, such as the Chesapeake Bay State, the Old Line State, and the Free State. The government system of the state of Maryland is basically similar with the government systems of the other states in the country of the United States of America, and such government is typically administered and conducted according to the constitution of the said country. The general assembly of the state of Maryland is commonly held and convened in the state house which is found in the state’s capital city, and general assembly of the states are typically composed of legislative body and state legislature. 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. The people who wants to become part of the Maryland general assembly as a delegate or senator, they need to fit the various qualifications, such as being a resident for at least a year prior to the election, they should be a citizen of the state of Maryland, and the qualified age for a delegate is at least twenty-one years old, while for a senator is at least twenty-five 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 upper chamber or the house of the senate is typically led by an official called as the president, while in the lower chamber or the house of the delegate is typically led by an official called as the speaker, with respective prerogatives, duties and responsibilities that enables and allows them to influence the process of legislation in a significant manner.