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 this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.
(b)   “Committees of jurisdiction” means the committees of the General Assembly that routinely handle the policy issues and legislation related to a specific governmental activity or unit subject to review under this subtitle.
(c)   “Department” means the Department of Legislative Services.
(d)   “Evaluation” means the two–tiered process of legislative review of a governmental activity or unit used to determine:
(1)   whether the governmental activity or unit should be reestablished or terminated; and
(2)   what, if any, statutory or nonstatutory changes should be recommended to the General Assembly to improve the operations of the governmental activity or unit.
(e)   “Evaluation year” means the year in which either a preliminary or full evaluation of a governmental activity or unit is to be completed.
(f)   “Full evaluation” means:
(1)   an examination of issues identified in a preliminary evaluation as requiring further study; or
(2)   a follow–up review of how issues identified in a previous evaluation have been implemented by a governmental activity or unit.
(g)   “Governmental activity” means a program, service, or other function of government.
(h)   “Office” means the Office of Policy Analysis in the Department of Legislative Services.
(i)   “Preliminary evaluation” means a review of a governmental activity or unit limited to the items specified under § 8–403(b) of this subtitle that is undertaken to provide a recommendation to the Legislative Policy Committee on whether a governmental activity or unit should undergo a full evaluation.