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 - State Finance and Procurement
(a)    (1)   In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
(2)   “High performance building” means a building that:
(i)   meets or exceeds the current version of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System Silver rating;
(ii)   achieves at least a comparable numeric rating according to a nationally recognized, accepted, and appropriate numeric sustainable development rating system, guideline, or standard approved by the Secretaries of Budget and Management and General Services; or
(iii)   complies with a nationally recognized and accepted green building code, guideline, or standard reviewed and recommended by the Maryland Green Building Council and approved by the Secretaries of Budget and Management and General Services.
(3)   “Major renovation” means the renovation of a building where:
(i)   the building shell is to be reused for the new construction;
(ii)   the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC), electrical, and plumbing systems are to be replaced; and
(iii)   the scope of the renovation is 7,500 square feet or greater.
(b)   It is the intent of the General Assembly that, to the extent practicable:
(1)   the State shall employ green building technologies when constructing or renovating a State building not subject to this section; and
(2)   high performance buildings shall meet the criteria and standards established under the “High Performance Green Building Program” adopted by the Maryland Green Building Council.
(c)    (1)   This subsection applies to:
(i)   capital projects that are funded solely with State funds; and
(ii)   community college capital projects that receive State funds.
(2)   Except as provided in subsections (d) and (e) of this section, if a capital project includes the construction or major renovation of a building that is 7,500 square feet or greater, the building shall be constructed or renovated to be a high performance building.
(d)   The following types of unoccupied buildings are not required to be constructed or renovated to be high performance buildings:
(1)   warehouse and storage facilities;
(2)   garages;
(3)   maintenance facilities;
(4)   transmitter buildings;
(5)   pumping stations; and
(6)   other similar types of buildings, as determined by the Department.
(e)    (1)   The Department of Budget and Management and the Department of General Services shall jointly establish a process to allow a unit of State government or a community college to obtain a waiver from complying with subsection (c) of this section.
(2)   The waiver process shall:
(i)   include a review by the Maryland Green Building Council established under § 4–809 of this article, to determine if the use of a high performance building in a proposed capital project is not practicable; and
(ii)   require the approval of a waiver by the Secretaries of Budget and Management, General Services, and Transportation.