In 1967, Maryland convened its most recent Constitutional Convention. I was a 21-year-old delegate elected to represent Essex-Middle River and Perry Hall. The resultant document called for massive changes in the structure of all three branches of the state government. The court system was restructured. The legislature was restructured. Finally, sweeping changes were made to the executive branch, which then had over 200 agencies and leaders appointed directly by, and answering to, the governor. The convention called for a cabinet system that would reduce direct reports to the governor to 17 or 18 with department secretaries responsible for appointing and overseeing the remaining agency heads.