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 - Family Law
(a)   Except as otherwise provided by this part, a Program participant’s actual address and telephone number maintained by the Secretary of State or a State or local agency is not a public record within the meaning of § 4–101 of the General Provisions Article.
(b)   The Secretary of State may not disclose a Program participant’s actual address or telephone number or substitute address, except as provided in subsection (c) of this section and:
(1)    (i)   on request by a law enforcement agency for law enforcement purposes; and
(ii)   as directed by a court order; or
(2)   on request by a State or local agency to verify a Program participant’s participation in the Program or substitute address for use under § 4-526 of this part.
(c)   The Secretary of State shall notify the appropriate court of a Program participant’s participation in the Program and of the substitute address designated by the Secretary of State if the Program participant:
(1)   is subject to a court order or administrative order;
(2)   is involved in a court action or administrative action; or
(3)   is a witness or a party in a civil or criminal proceeding.