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 - Agriculture
(a)   The Board may:
(1)   Adopt rules and regulations to effectuate this subtitle;
(2)   Engage additional employees for professional, clerical, and special work as necessary and as provided in the State budget;
(3)   Subpoena any witness to take his testimony;
(4)   Require production of books, papers, records, and other documentary evidence, and examine them in relation to any matter which the Board may investigate or hear; and
(5)   Establish reasonable standards for the practice of veterinary medicine, including conduct and ethics.
(b)   Members or their designated inspectors may enter veterinary facilities at any reasonable hour to enforce the Board rules and regulations.
(c)   The Board shall maintain an office within the State and a telephone number listed for use by the general public.
(d)   The Board shall inspect every veterinary hospital facility in the State at least once every 2 years.
(e)    (1)   The Board may authorize the practice of a health occupation on an animal by a health care practitioner licensed, certified, or otherwise authorized under the Health Occupations Article.
(2)   If the Board authorizes the practice of a health occupation on an animal under paragraph (1) of this subsection, the Board may:
(i)   Impose requirements for education, training, and supervision by a veterinary practitioner; and
(ii)   Require the registration of each health care practitioner authorized to practice a health occupation on an animal in accordance with this subsection.
(f)    (1)   The Board shall adopt regulations encouraging a veterinary practitioner to report suspected instances of animal cruelty, including suspected animal fighting, to a local law enforcement or county animal control agency.
(2)   A veterinary practitioner shall be immune from any civil liability that results from a report in good faith to a local law enforcement or county animal control agency under this subsection.