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 shall:
(1)   perform all duties assigned to it by law or by legislative rules;
(2)   from time to time, recommend to the presiding officers any changes in or amendments to the rules of legislative ethics;
(3)   on request of a member of the General Assembly, issue an advisory opinion regarding the legislative ethics of an action taken or contemplated to be taken by the member;
(4)   on its own motion, issue advisory opinions as it deems necessary;
(5)   at the request of the President or the Speaker, make recommendations concerning matters referred to the Committee;
(6)   as it deems necessary, issue guidelines and establish procedures for the implementation of the rules of legislative ethics; and
(7)   maintain public records as the rules require.
(b)    (1)   The Committee shall maintain the statements filed by members of the General Assembly under Title 15, Subtitle 5 of this article and, during normal office hours, make the statements available to the public for examination and copying.
(2)   The Committee shall maintain a record of:
(i)   the name and home address of each individual who examines or copies a statement filed with the Committee by a member of the General Assembly; and
(ii)   the name of the member whose statement was examined or copied.
(3)   On the request of the member whose statement was examined or copied, the Committee shall forward to the member a copy of the record maintained by the Committee under paragraph (2)(i) of this subsection.