As has been written previously in this space, the commissioner form of government relies on the General Assembly to act as legislators. The commissioners may develop the ideas for local law, but it requires an affirmative majority vote by the entire General Assembly to have it passed. Generally, because of what is known as “local courtesy,” so long as the delegation favors the bill and it only affects a single jurisdiction, the rest of the Assembly will vote in concert with local representation. However, that means that there is only a finite amount of time — the 90-day session — during which Carroll legislation can be passed. And as the legislative map is presently drawn, it also means legislators who are primarily elected by voters in Frederick and Howard counties have a say on legislation that only affects Carroll.