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 Archives may:
(1)   repair and preserve the records under the supervision of the State Archivist, as provided in the State budget;
(2)   make a copy of any record in the Archives; and
(3)   certify the copy.
(b)   The Archives may publish, electronically or in print, indices to records, descriptions, summaries of record material, or original record material, in whole or in part, that are not otherwise restricted from access under existing law.
(c)   The Archives shall index or provide other finding aids for:
(1)   the historical records acquired under § 9–1010 of this subtitle; and
(2)   the land records in its custody under § 9–1011 of this subtitle.
(d)    (1)   Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, the Archives may charge a reasonable fee for providing a copy of a record and for certifying the record.
(2)   If, with the written approval of a judge of a circuit court, the clerk of court asks for a copy of a land record that a court has transferred to the Commission or Archives, the Archives shall provide, without charge, a micrographic copy of the land record.