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 State Archivist shall provide, without charge:
(1)   to the State Law Library, 25 cloth-bound copies of each new Maryland Manual;
(2)   to each member of the General Assembly, 2 cloth-bound copies and 8 other copies of each new Maryland Manual;
(3)   to each public or private educational institution in the State, 1 copy of each new Maryland Manual; and
(4)   to the Legislative Library, 50 cloth-bound copies of each new Maryland Manual.
(b)   If a former member of the General Assembly asks the State Archivist for a copy of the Maryland Manual, the State Archivist shall provide, without charge, a copy of the current Maryland Manual.
(c)   The State Archivist and the Secretary of State may distribute other copies of the Maryland Manual as they consider necessary or desirable.