In the last two years, there are several examples that highlight the insanity of the Baltimore Police Department being a state agency. In Oct. of 2015, following the appointment of Kevin Davis as police commissioner, the Baltimore City Council Passed Resolution #15-027R which requested the General Assembly pass legislation removing a provision that required the contracts of police commissioners to be six years in length. Six months later the General Assembly passed, and the governor approved, House Bill 384 and Senate Bill 368 removing the provision. Currently, the General Assembly is debating House Bill 9 and Senate Bill 112, which would require the Baltimore Police Department to redistrict its boundaries following each census. These efforts too are being done at the request of the City Council, which first passed City Council Resolution #16-0314R asking that the General Assembly pass such legislation. No other local jurisdiction's legislative body has to go to their state partners to make such changes. Wouldn't it make more sense and be a lot more practical for the City Council members, who have to vote on the department's budget, to have the ability to pass these laws?