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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the General Assembly's legislative session?

The General Assembly begins on the second Wednesday in January of each year and runs through mid-April. The session lasts for 90 consecutive calendar days. The final day of session is called "Sine Die."

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What is the university president's role during the legislative session?

President Breaux travels to Annapolis regularly during the legislative session to meet with state legislators to fully represent Bowie State University and its needs, priorities and accomplishments. The president delivers testimony on key issues affecting the University, including the University's budget request. She works with the USM Board of Regents, the chancellor, other USM presidents, the Governor's Office and the Maryland Higher Education Commission on Maryland's higher education issues. Visit the Legislative Sessions page for previous testimony and further information.

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When does the university president talk to legislators?

President Breaux talks to legislators throughout the year through on-campus visits, telephone and Annapolis visits to educate members about the University. She hosts legislator visits on campus, including campus tours and meetings with deans and faculty.

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Who represents Bowie State University to the General Assembly?

President Breaux is the University's official representative to the General Assembly. Karen Johnson Shaheed, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, serves as the University's liaison to state legislators in Annapolis and the University's federal representatives.

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Who are our elected officials that represent Bowie State University?

Each state legislative district has four representatives, one senator and three delegates. The University is located in state legislative District 23. District 23 representatives are:

Senator Douglas J. J. Peters (D)
Chair, Senate County Delegation, Prince George's County

Delegate Marvin E. Holmes, Jr. (D)

Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith (D)

Delegate Joseph Vallario (D)

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Where do I go if I want to participate in the legislative process?

Among the many ways that you can participate in the legislative process is contacting your legislator or attending public hearings.  If you need to find the names and telephone numbers of your representatives, or find hearing schedules, visit

An individual may not testify on behalf of the University without coordinating with the OGR to ensure that the position reflects the official position of Bowie State University.  Please contact us at (301) 860-3504 if you are interested in testifying or providing comments on legislation.

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How can I research pending legislation?

For information on pending legislation, please visit the Maryland General Assembly Web site at  If you have the legislation's bill number, you can simply type the bill number into the search engine to find bill information, description, sponsor and status.

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