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 - Health - General
(a)   In this section, “Fund” means the Advance Directive Program Fund.
(b)   There is an Advance Directive Program Fund.
(c)   The purpose of the Fund is to provide funding to carry out the purposes of the Advance Directive Program established under § 5–620 of this subtitle.
(d)   The Department shall administer the Fund.
(e)    (1)   The Fund is a special, nonlapsing fund that is not subject to § 7–302 of the State Finance and Procurement Article.
(2)   The State Treasurer shall hold the Fund separately, and the Comptroller shall account for the Fund.
(f)   The Fund consists of:
(1)   Money transferred to the Fund under § 6–103.1 of the Insurance Article;
(2)   Interest earned under subsection (h) of this section; and
(3)   Any other money received from any other lawful source accepted for the benefit of the Fund.
(g)   Money in the Fund may be used only to carry out the purposes of the Advance Directive Program established under § 5–620 of this subtitle.
(h)    (1)   The State Treasurer shall invest the money of the Fund in the same manner as other State money may be invested.
(2)   Any interest earnings of the Fund shall be credited to the Fund.