The Maryland General Assembly has served nearly continuously from Maryland’s founding in 1634. For over 370 years, the Maryland General Assembly has consisted of citizen legislators – part-time elected officials who primarily live and work in their communities. Maryland’s Legislative Session is just 90 days each year, always starting on the 2nd Wednesday in January. The legislators convene in Annapolis during legislative session, and then return to their home districts from April-December. 

Marylanders are typically represented by four legislators in the General Assembly – three members of the House of Delegates and one State Senator. Maryland Alliance for the Poor advocates throughout the legislative session on bills and budgets that impact Marylanders living in or near poverty. Additionally, we are continually building relationships with legislators throughout the year, providing tools, education, and support in the critical effort to end poverty.