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 - State Finance and Procurement
(a)   In accordance with the Maryland Constitution and other law, the Governor shall include in each budget bill:
(1)   an appropriation to pay the principal of and interest on the State debt;
(2)   without revision, the appropriations requested for public schools, as certified by the State Superintendent of Schools;
(3)   without revision, the appropriations requested for the Legislative Branch of the State government, as certified by the presiding officers of the General Assembly;
(4)   without revision, the appropriations requested for the Judicial Branch of the State government, as certified by the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals;
(5)   the appropriations requested by the Governor for the Executive Branch of the State government;
(6)   the appropriations required by law to be included with the appropriations for the Executive Branch;
(7)   appropriations for the salaries required by law to be paid by the State; and
(8)   any other appropriations required by the Maryland Constitution or other law to be included in the budget bill.
(b)   The Governor shall use the current salary plan of the Secretary of Budget and Management as the basis for the appropriations to pay those salaries to which the plan applies.