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 - Public Utilities
(a)   A public service company that intends to terminate, because of nonpayment, electric or gas service to a customer of the service to a multifamily dwelling unit shall notify the property owner or property manager of the multifamily dwelling unit before terminating service to the customer if the public service company has received the customer’s consent that designates the property owner or property manager as a third–party authorized to receive a notice of termination of services.
(b)   As a term of a lease of a multifamily dwelling unit, the property owner or property manager of the multifamily dwelling unit may require a tenant to ensure that a customer of the public service company that is responsible for the account for that multifamily dwelling unit provides consent for the property owner or property manager to receive a notice of termination of services as a result of nonpayment by the customer.
(c)   A customer’s consent may be provided to a public service company by:
(1)   the customer; or
(2)   if the consent is written, the property owner or property manager of the multifamily dwelling unit.
(d)   Each public service company shall set up a procedure for handling the third–party notification process in a manner best suited to the circumstances of the particular public service company.
(e)   Nothing in this section may be construed to prevent any other form of third–party notification that a customer may request.
(f)   The Commission may adopt regulations to carry out this section.