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)   Except as provided in subsections (b) and (c) of this section and § 3-405(b) of this article, each document to be published in the Code of Maryland Regulations or the Register shall be submitted to the Administrator, who:
(1)   for 1 year after the publication of the document, shall keep and permit inspection of the document; and
(2)   then shall deliver the document to the State Archives.
(b)    (1)   The Clerk of the Court of Appeals shall submit to the Administrator:
(i)   each rule of court that the Court of Appeals adopts or permits to be adopted; and
(ii)   each administrative order or memorandum of the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals or the Administrative Office of the Courts that the Chief Judge directs to be published.
(2)   The Chief Clerk of the District Court shall submit to the Administrator each administrative regulation that the Chief Judge of the District Court adopts.
(c)   The Administrator may require that any document required or permitted to be published in the Register be submitted electronically or on paper, or both.