To fulfill its statutory duty to “carry on continuous full
time formal revision of statutory law,” the legal staff of the Office of Policy
Analysis prepares drafts of proposed revised articles of the Annotated Code of
Maryland, which are reviewed by article review committees composed of lawyers
who are experts in the area of law being revised. When the drafting and review
of a revised article is completed, a bill to enact the article into law is
introduced in the General Assembly. The process is overseen by the Code
Revision Committee, which is appointed by the Legislative Policy Committee and
which plans the sequence of revised articles, appoints article review
committees, and generally supervises the progress of each article.
The goals of code revision are clarity in expression and
arrangement, accuracy in translating the source law without substantive change,
and consistency internally and with the other revised articles of the code.
Each section of a revised article is followed by a revisor’s note that
identifies the current law that the revised section will replace and explains
any significant changes made in the revision process.
For additional information on the history, backgrounds, and
what remains to be done in the code revision process, please access the links
History and Background of Code Revision
How Modern Code Revision Began in Maryland
Structural Changes to Managing the Code Revision Project
The Progress of the Modern Code Revision Effort
What Remains to Be Done
The Value of the Modern Code Revision Project