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)   The Department shall employ a staff and engage other staff and consultant services in accordance with the State budget.
(b)   Positions in the Department are subject to the personnel guidelines established under subsection (c) of this section.
(c)   The Legislative Policy Committee shall adopt guidelines that are not inconsistent with law and that, for employees of the Department, govern:
(1)   hiring;
(2)   probationary periods;
(3)   tenure;
(4)   promotion;
(5)   overtime compensation;
(6)   discrimination;
(7)   compensatory work for absences due to religious beliefs;
(8)   holidays;
(9)   part-time employment;
(10)   grievance procedures;
(11)   removal; and
(12)   political activity.
(d)   The provisions of § 2-304 of the State Personnel and Pensions Article do not apply to an employee of the Department.