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)   In Subtitles 1 through 11 of this title the following words have the meanings indicated.
(b)   “Commission” means the Commission on Civil Rights.
(c)   “Complainant” means a person that files a complaint alleging a discriminatory act under this title.
(d)   “Discriminatory act” means an act prohibited under:
(1)   Subtitle 3 of this title (Discrimination in Places of Public Accommodation);
(2)   Subtitle 4 of this title (Discrimination by Persons Licensed or Regulated by Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation);
(3)   Subtitle 5 of this title (Discrimination in Leasing of Commercial Property);
(4)   Subtitle 6 of this title (Discrimination in Employment);
(5)   Subtitle 7 of this title (Discrimination in Housing); or
(6)   Subtitle 8 of this title (Aiding, Abetting, or Attempting Discriminatory Act; Obstructing Compliance).
(e)   “Gender identity” means the gender–related identity, appearance, expression, or behavior of a person, regardless of the person’s assigned sex at birth, which may be demonstrated by:
(1)   consistent and uniform assertion of the person’s gender identity; or
(2)   any other evidence that the gender identity is sincerely held as part of the person’s core identity.
(f)    (1)   “Respondent” means a person accused in a complaint of a discriminatory act.
(2)   “Respondent” includes a person identified during an investigation of a complaint and joined as an additional or substitute respondent.
(g)   “Sexual orientation” means the identification of an individual as to male or female homosexuality, heterosexuality, or bisexuality.