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 addition to any powers set forth elsewhere, the State Archivist may:
(1)   adopt regulations to:
(i)   govern the Archives;
(ii)   manage the Hall of Records Building and other real and personal property that the Archives acquires;
(iii)   manage the records under the supervision of the Archives; and
(iv)   define the categories of records in the report of the Records Management Division under § 10–634 of this article;
(2)   have a seal; and
(3)   on request, or at the State Archivist’s discretion, review, evaluate, and make recommendations to the General Assembly regarding State designations under Title 13 of this article.
(b)   At the request of the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the Chair of the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee, or the Chair of the House Health and Government Operations Committee, the State Archivist shall review, evaluate, and make recommendations to the General Assembly regarding State designations under Title 13 of this article.
(c)    (1)   The State Archivist may establish reasonable fees for the care and preservation of records and other services provided by the Archives.
(2)   Fees may be in the form of:
(i)   a percentage not to exceed 2% of an existing fee charged at the time of the creation of a record in any form or format; or
(ii)   a flat rate subscription charge for a publication of the Archives.
(3)   Of the fees collected, 7% shall be deposited in the Archives Endowment Account of the State Archives Fund established under § 9–1013 of this subtitle as an educational and entrepreneurial reserve.
(d)   The State Archivist shall submit to the Governor and, subject to § 2–1246 of this article, to the General Assembly an annual report on the activities of the Archives and the Commission during the preceding fiscal year.