Several bills were introduced into the Maryland Senate and the House of Delegates in the 1950s and early 1960s, and each approached the need for changes to public higher education from a different direction. Senate Bill No. 73, introduced by Senator James Pine, a Democrat from Baltimore County, specifically mentioned having a UM branch in Baltimore County. Passage of the legislation in 1963 allowed the University of Maryland Board of Regents to begin the process of expansion.