The County Council is the elected legislative body of the County and has the exclusive power to enact, repeal, and amend all public local laws. Legislation must take the form of ordinances most of which are subject to executive veto. Five councilmanic votes are necessary to override an executive veto. The other type of action which the Council may take is in the form of resolutions. Resolutions are not subject to executive veto and must only be of a temporary or administrative nature.
To determine who your Councilmember is, please go to MyAnneArundel
or call the Council office in Annapolis at (410) 222-1401 with your street address. You will be furnished with the Councilmember's name.
How can I contact my Councilmember?
Councilmembers work part-time. Their offices are staffed by a full-time Legislative Assistant.
Council Offices: Annapolis Office,Arundel Center
, 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, Maryland (410) 222-1401
Glen Burnie Office, 101 N. Crain Highway, Glen Burnie, Maryland (410) 222-6890
Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday except Holidays.
Contact by mail:
The Honorable ______________
Councilmember, District ______
Anne Arundel County Council
P.O. Box 2700
Annapolis, Maryland 21404
Annapolis: (410) 222-1755
Glen Burnie: (410) 222-6774
(One copy, please!!! Office will duplicate and distribute as required.)
for County Councilmembers and their assistants.
It is essential that a hard copy of all communication between any Councilmember via Internet, telephone or County e-mail, other than personal or confidential, also be forwarded to the Administrative Officer in order to maintain calendars, prevent conflicts in scheduling, etc.
The Anne Arundel County Council legislative sessions are held at the Arundel Center - the County government's administrative headquarters building - at the county seat: Annapolis. Legislative sessions are held on the first and third Mondays of each month, except August, November of a councilmanic election year, and if a scheduled Monday meeting falls on a holiday (in which case the meeting is normally re-scheduled for the next working day). The Council may schedule a legislative session in August if necessary. All meetings are open to the public.
When: First and third Mondays at 7:00 p.m. (Sign-up to speak at 6:30 p.m.) During the month of May, each day is a legislative session. The chairman may decide that additional public hearings on complex legislative matters may be held at other times and in other appropriate locations in the County.
Where: Arundel Center
, 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis Maryland - County Council Chambers, 1st Floor
The agenda is available in the Council Chambers the evening of the meeting. The agenda is held open until the meeting is called to order. (The agenda posted on this site
Anyone wishing to speak on legislation may sign up beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sign-ups may begin at 6:00 p.m. with notice given if legislation is expected to draw a large public attendance.
The public is encouraged and invited to attend. A reasonable amount of time is allotted to the public to address the Council on pertinent matters. Members of the public who wish to speak should, after being recognized by the presiding officer, state their name, home address, organization represented (if applicable), the subject matter, whether they are speaking for or against the matter and their remarks.
PLEASE NOTE: In order that all those who wish to speak at County Council meetings may do so, individual speakers should limit their remarks to no more than two minutes.
Written testimony of any length is welcome; please provide 10 copies.
FAX transmittals: Please forward ONE COPY ONLY. Copies will be made and distributed to all Councilmembers.
ORDER AND DECORUM AT COUNTY COUNCIL MEETINGS
The Rules of Procedure of the County Council were duly adopted by the Anne Arundel County Council pursuant to the Anne Arundel County Charter and are published in Appendix A of the Anne Arundel County Code.
Section 3-105 (a) of the Rules of Procedure provides as follows: Reasonable seating facilities shall be provided for the public at each legislative session or meeting of the County Council, and the public is encouraged and invited to attend.
At each legislative session and public hearing a reasonable amount of time shall be provided for members of the public to address the county council on pertinent matters of public business not otherwise provided for.
The public shall maintain order and decorum in keeping with the dignity of the governmental process, and shall refrain from interfering with the process.
Under Rule Section 3-105 (c), a speaker shall be limited to the amount of time specified by the Chair.
Section 4-106 provides that the presiding officer of the County Council shall preserve order and decorum during each meeting or session of the County Council and provides further that in the case of a disturbance or disorderly conduct in the County Council chambers the presiding officer may order any such place to be cleared.
Televised Council Meetings
Tune into the following cable channels for televised meetings and bulletin boards listing legislation to be heard:
Comcast - Annapolis Channel 98*
Comcast - County Channel 98*
Broadstripe - Channel 98*
Verizon - Channel 38
Council Work Sessions, when scheduled, are normally held on the second Tuesday of the month. Work Sessions are scheduled on an as needed basis at the Arundel Center
, 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, Maryland in the Council Chambers, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The public is invited to observe, but no public testimony will be received. Please refer to the County Council Meeting Schedule to see if a work session has been scheduled for a particular month.
Persons requiring special accommodations for a County Council meeting may contact the Council Offices at (410) 222-1401 at least five business days before the meeting.
We are now part of the Maryland Relay Service (MRS); (800) 735-2258-TT/VOICE (410) 222-1401.