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)    (1)   At the end of each calendar or fiscal year, each charter county shall compile a complete set of all local laws enacted during that year under the Express Powers Act, Title 10 of this article.
(2)   The laws in the compilation shall be in numerical order, beginning with No. 1, and in a separate series for each year.
(b)    (1)   Subject to paragraph (3) of this subsection, copies of the compilation shall be:
(i)   kept on permanent record at the office of the county council, county executive, or county manager;
(ii)   made available for inspection during regular business hours at that office; and
(iii)   provided in printed form without charge to the State Archives and the Maryland State Law Library.
(2)   Annually, each charter county shall provide each member of the General Assembly representing any part of the county with:
(i)   notice that a digital copy of the compilation is available on the Internet; or
(ii)   a printed copy of the compilation without charge.
(3)   The charter county may make other copies of the compilation available at a reasonable cost to any person.
(c)   On or before March 1 of each year, the charter county shall provide without charge four printed copies of the compilation to the Department of Legislative Services.
(d)   Each charter county shall provide to the Department of Legislative Services a statement that includes information on:
(1)   the results of any referendum on a proposed local law held during the year; and
(2)   any actual or potential pending referendum that had not been held by the end of the year.