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 - Economic Development
(a)   In this division the following words have the meanings indicated.
(b)   “County” means a county of the State or Baltimore City.
(c)   “Department” means the Department of Commerce.
(d)   “Person” means an individual, receiver, trustee, guardian, personal representative, fiduciary, representative of any kind, partnership, firm, association, corporation, or other entity.
(e)    (1)   “Qualified distressed county” means a county with:
(i)   an average rate of unemployment for the most recent 24–month period for which data are available that exceeds 150% of the average rate of unemployment for the State during that period; or
(ii)   an average per capita personal income for the most recent 24–month period for which data are available that is equal to or less than 67% of the average per capita personal income for the State during that period.
(2)   “Qualified distressed county” includes a county that:
(i)   no longer meets either criterion stated in paragraph (1) of this subsection; but
(ii)   has met at least one of the criteria at some time during the preceding 24–month period.
(f)   “Secretary” means the Secretary of Commerce.
(g)    (1)   Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, “state” means:
(i)   a state, possession, territory, or commonwealth of the United States; or
(ii)   the District of Columbia.
(2)   When capitalized, “State” means Maryland.