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 Personnel and Pensions
(a)   Except as otherwise provided by law, individuals in the following positions in the skilled service and professional service are considered special appointments:
(1)   a position to which an individual is directly appointed by the Governor by an appointment that is not provided for by the Maryland Constitution;
(2)   a position to which an individual is directly appointed by the Board of Public Works;
(3)   as determined by the Secretary, a position which performs a significant policy role or provides direct support to a member of the executive service;
(4)   a position that is assigned to the Government House;
(5)   a position that is assigned to the Governor’s Office; and
(6)   any other position that is specified by law to be a special appointment.
(b)   Except as provided under § 6–105(a) of the State Government Article, a position that is a special appointment may be filled with regard to political affiliation, belief, or opinion if the Secretary determines that the position:
(1)   relates to political interests or concerns so as to warrant that political affiliation be a requirement for the position; and
(2)    (i)   requires the provision of meaningful direct or indirect input into the policy–making process; or
(ii)   provides access to confidential information and:
1.   requires substantial intervention or collaboration in the formulation of public policy; or
2.   requires the provision of direct advice or the rendering of direct services to an appointing authority.