About Statutes

This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

The Code is arranged by and organized into “Articles” (e.g. Transportation Article), which are further subdivided into “titles”, “subtitles”, “sections”, “subsections”, “paragraphs”, subparagraphs”, etc.

Note that the “official” compilation of the laws (Chapters) enacted at each session of the General Assembly is published by the State as the “Laws of Maryland”, commonly referred to as the “Session Laws”. The Session Laws for each session are compiled chronologically by chapter number and serve as the source law from which the statutes accessed here are derived.

While the “Laws of Maryland” (Session Laws) constitute the official laws of the State, this Code and the annotated versions noted below are accepted as “evidence” of the law in all State courts and by all public offices and officials (See § 10-201 of the Courts & Judicial Proceedings Article). However, in the event of a conflict between the Code and the Session Laws, the Session Laws prevail.

Note: Annotated versions of the Code, published by LexisNexis and West, are available in book and online formats. These Annotated Codes include references to case law, related citations, and explanatory notations.

The Municipal Charters are updated each year by incorporating all charter resolutions received by the Department through May 31 of that year. Individual Municipal Resolutions are published to the General Assembly website as they are received by the Department.

Statute Text

Article - Courts and Judicial Proceedings
(a)    (1)   In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
(2)   “Agent of a charitable organization” means a person who:
(i)   Is or was a director, officer, or employee of a charitable organization; or
(ii)   On a volunteer basis, is or was providing services or performing duties on behalf of a charitable organization.
(3)   “Charitable organization” means an organization, institution, association, society, or corporation that is exempt from taxation under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
(4)   “Farmer” means a person, including a corporation, who engages in an activity conducted solely or primarily for the production of a farm product.
(5)   “Farm product” has the meaning stated in § 10-601 of the Agriculture Article.
(6)   “Glean” means:
(i)   To harvest or collect farm products from the fields of a farmer who grants access to the fields without charging a fee; and
(ii)   To distribute the farm products to needy individuals, including unemployed and low-income individuals.
(b)   Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, a farmer is not personally liable for damages in a civil action brought against the farmer for injury to a person or property by a charitable organization or an agent of a charitable organization that the farmer permitted to glean on the farmer’s property.
(c)   This section does not limit any liability that otherwise exists for willful or malicious failure to guard or warn against any dangerous condition, use, structure, or activity.