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 - Local Government
(a)   In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.
(b)   “Financial officer” means the treasurer or other financial officer of a governmental entity who is responsible for the investment of public funds or the issuance and management of debt of the governmental entity.
(c)   “Governing authority” means:
(1)   for Baltimore City, the Baltimore City Board of Estimates;
(2)   for a commission county, the county commissioners;
(3)   for a charter county, as provided by local law, the county council or the county executive and the county council;
(4)   for a code county, the county commissioners;
(5)   for a community college, the board of trustees;
(6)   for a municipality, the body provided by the municipal charter;
(7)   for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, the Commission;
(8)   for a public corporation, the board of directors; and
(9)   for an authority, the board of the authority.
(d)    (1)   Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, “public money” means any money held by a governmental entity.
(2)   “Public money” does not include money held as part of a pension fund, a fund for other postemployment benefits, as defined in § 17–102(a) of this title, a trust fund account, or a facility closure reserve fund or for self–insurance purposes.