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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.

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Statute Text

Article - Business Occupations and Professions
(a)    (1)   The Board consists of 7 members.
(2)   Of the 7 members of the Board:
(i)   5 shall be licensed architects; and
(ii)   2 shall be consumer members.
(3)   The Governor shall appoint the members with the advice of the Secretary and the advice and consent of the Senate.
(b)   Each member of the Board shall be a resident and citizen of the State.
(c)   Of the 5 architect members of the Board:
(1)   at least 3 shall be graduates of schools of architecture accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board; and
(2)   each shall have practiced architecture in the State, in private practice as a primary vocation, for at least 10 years before appointment.
(d)   Each consumer member of the Board:
(1)   shall be a member of the general public;
(2)   may not be a licensee or otherwise be subject to regulation by the Board;
(3)   may not be required to meet the qualifications for the professional members of the Board; and
(4)   may not, within 1 year before appointment, have had a financial interest in or have received compensation from a person regulated by the Board.
(e)   While a member of the Board, a consumer member may not:
(1)   have a financial interest in or receive compensation from a person regulated by the Board; or
(2)   grade any examination given by or for the Board.
(f)   Before taking office, each appointee to the Board shall take the oath required by Article I, § 9 of the Maryland Constitution.
(g)    (1)   The term of a member is 5 years and begins on July 1.
(2)   The terms of members are staggered as required by the terms provided for members of the Board on October 1, 1989.
(3)   At the end of a term, a member continues to serve until a successor is appointed and qualifies.
(4)   A member who is appointed after a term has begun serves only for the rest of the term and until a successor is appointed and qualifies.
(h)    (1)   The Governor may remove a member for incompetence or misconduct.
(2)   Except as provided in paragraph (3) of this subsection and subject to paragraph (4) of this subsection, a member shall be considered to have resigned if the member did not attend at least two–thirds of the Board meetings held during any consecutive 12–month period while the member was serving on the Board.
(3)   The Governor may waive a member’s resignation and allow the member to continue serving if the member has been unable to attend meetings for reasons satisfactory to the Governor and the reasons are made public.
(4)   In accordance with § 8–501 of the State Government Article, the chairman shall provide notice to the Governor and the Governor shall appoint a successor.