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 Government
(a)   The Committee has the following functions:
(1)   to review the work of the standing committees;
(2)   to collect information about the government and general welfare of the State;
(3)   to study the operation of and recommend changes in the Constitution, statutes, and common law of the State;
(4)   to study the rules and procedures of the Senate and the House and recommend changes that would improve and expedite the consideration of legislation by the General Assembly;
(5)   to coordinate and supervise generally the work of the General Assembly when it is not in session;
(6)   to prepare or endorse a legislative program that includes the bills, resolutions, or other recommendations of the Committee that are to be presented to the General Assembly at its next session; and
(7)   to carry out its powers and duties under the Maryland Program Evaluation Act.
(b)   To carry out its functions, the Committee:
(1)   shall receive, from any source, suggestions for legislation or investigation;
(2)   may hold a hearing on any matter;
(3)   may appoint a special committee and delegate to that committee the authority specified in § 2–408 of this subtitle;
(4)   may refer a matter for study and report to any of its special committees or any committee of the General Assembly;
(5)   shall consider the reports of standing, statutory, and special committees;
(6)   may have any bill or resolution prepared to carry out its recommendations; and
(7)   when the General Assembly is not in session:
(i)   may accept a gift or grant of money from a person or public agency for any purpose that relates to the activities of the Legislative Policy Committee or of any other standing, statutory, or special committee; and
(ii)   may spend the money for that purpose, in accordance with the State budget.