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 Government
(a)   In accordance with the record retention and disposal schedules, a public official shall offer to the Archives any public record of the official that no longer is needed, such as:
(1)   an original paper;
(2)   a book;
(3)   a file;
(4)   a record of a court of record for which an accurate transcript is in use; or
(5)   a record that relates to the internal management of or otherwise is a housekeeping record for an office of a clerk of court or register of wills.
(b)    (1)   With the written approval of the State Archivist, a public official may destroy the record that the public official offers under this section, but the Archives declines to accept.
(2)   After records are destroyed, the public official shall send to the Archives:
(i)   a list of the records that were destroyed; and
(ii)   a certificate of destruction.
(3)   The State Archivist shall keep each list of the records destroyed under this subsection. The list shall be available for public inspection at reasonable times.