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)   Subject to the initial approval of the Secretary, the appropriate purchasing unit for the following entities may use the services of the Department to purchase materials, supplies, and equipment:
(1)   a county;
(2)   a municipality;
(3)   a governmental unit in the State;
(4)   a public or quasi–public agency that:
(i)   receives State money; and
(ii)   is exempt from taxation under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;
(5)   a private elementary or secondary school that:
(i)   either has been issued a certificate of approval from the State Board of Education or is accredited by the Association of Independent Schools; and
(ii)   is exempt from taxation under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; or
(6)   a nonpublic institution of higher education as provided under § 17–106 of the Education Article.
(b)   Notwithstanding subsection (a)(5) and (6) of this section, the Department may not purchase religious materials on behalf of a private elementary or secondary school or a nonpublic institution of higher education.
(c)   The purchasing authority under this section is in addition to, and not a substitution for, the purchasing power of an entity under another law.