The General Assembly is Maryland’s legislative body and directly represents the electorate. Maryland has 47 districts represented by 47 Senators and 141 Delegates.The purpose of the General Assembly is to pass laws necessary for the welfare of the State. The Legislature may establish executive departments as needed for the efficient operation of State government and may create special taxing districts or areas within the State to administer a special function or functions. In accordance with the Constitutions of Maryland and of the United States, the General Assembly may levy taxes. It may propose State Constitutional amendments, which must be passed by three-fifths of the total membership of each house and submitted to the voters for ratification at the next general election after passage. Legislative authority is limited only by the State Constitution, the U.S. Constitution, and judicial decisions. To learn more, visit the Maryland General Assembly Website.