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 - Real Property
(a)   Subject to subsection (b) of this section, if, after the exhaustion of all available defenses and appeals, a court of competent jurisdiction determines that the patent is invalid as to any portion of the vacant land for which it was issued, the person to whom the patent was issued is entitled to reimbursement from the State of that portion of the entire purchase price paid that is equitably attributable to the vacant land held to have been invalidly patented, based on a pro rata apportionment of the entire purchase price or any other factor which the Board of Public Works determines to be relevant.
(b)   Any person claiming a right to reimbursement under this section shall apply to the Board of Public Works for reimbursement within six months of the final court decision on which the claim is based. The application shall set forth in detail the basis of the claim. It shall be signed and verified by the person making the claim and contain a certification that a copy of the application was mailed to the Commissioner.
(c)   If the Board of Public Works determines that the applicant is entitled to reimbursement under this section, it shall establish the amount of the reimbursement, provide for payment of the reimbursement from funds available to it, and make the reimbursement as soon as is practicable.