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
When a county becomes a charter county:
 (1)   all property and franchises belonging to or in the possession of the former county commissioners of the county or any county agencies are vested in the charter county as a corporation;
(2)   an action against the former county commissioners of the county does not abate and is continued in the name of the charter county with the same effect as if originally brought against the charter county;
(3)   all liabilities, obligations, contracts, claims, and demands, accrued or to accrue, of the former county commissioners of the county are the liabilities, obligations, contracts, claims, and demands of the charter county; and
(4)   a criminal proceeding is not affected by the adoption of the charter and shall be prosecuted under the law in effect at the time of the crime.