Editor's note: This is part five of an occasional series explaining the committees on which state lawmakers from Washington County serve in the Maryland General Assembly.
Committee name: Health & Government Operations
Washington County representative: Del. Richard B. Weldon Jr., R-Frederick/Washington
Committee's purpose: "HGO is charged with approving all legislation related to health care, from health facility regulations to health-care practitioner regulation. We deal with health insurance, public health, long-term care, disability programs, mental health and emergency medical services. Additionally, the committee is charged with overseeing the Open Meetings Act, homeland security, the state procurement code and oversight of various state agencies."
How the Maryland General Assembly Web site describes the committee: "The Committee considers legislation relating to child and elder health care; civil rights; emergency medical services; health and life insurance; health policy and planning, including facilities, occupations and public health; long-term care; and State government organization, procedures, and administrative law, as well as procurement."