Maryland State Resource Center
Maryland Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The Maryland Attorney General's Office has general charge, supervision and direction of the legal business of the State, acting as legal advisors and representatives of the major departments, various boards, commissions, officials and institutions of State Government.
- Comptroller of the Treasury
The Comptroller is one of four statewide elected officials in Maryland. The Comptroller of Maryland is the: chief financial officer for Maryland; collector of revenue for state programs; provider of information technology services for most state agencies; regulator of the state’s alcohol, tobacco and motor fuel industries; and a member of many state boards and commissions.
The Governor of Maryland heads the executive branch of the government of Maryland, and he is the commander-in-chief of the state's National Guard units. The Governor is the highest-ranking official in the state, and he has a broad range of appointive powers in both the State and local governments, as specified by the Maryland Constitution.
- Lt. Governor
The Lieutenant Governor of Maryland is the second highest ranking official in the executive branch of the state government of Maryland in the United States. He or she is elected on the same ticket as the Governor of Maryland and must meet the same qualifications.
- Secretary of State
The office of the Secretary of State assists Maryland citizens by issuing registrations, commissions, and publications, and providing critical information important to charitable giving decisions.
- State of Maryland
The State of Maryland (i /ˈmɛrələnd/) is an American State located in the Mid Atlantic region of the United States. Maryland is a major center for life sciences research and development. With more than 350 biotechnology companies located there, Maryland is the third-largest nexus in this field in the United States.
- State Treasurer
Along with managing the State’s deposits, investing excess funds, safekeeping all State securities and investments, operating a capital lease financing program and energy performance master lease-purchase agreement, the State Treasurer’s Office (STO) provides insurance protection against unexpected damage to State property or liability of State employees. The STO purchases all of the State’s financial and insurance services.
Maryland Legislative Branch
- Department of Legislative Services
The Department of Legislative Services (DLS) is one of the oldest legislative staff agencies in the nation. As the central professional staffing agency for the General Assembly, DLS employs more than 350 people who provide legal, fiscal, committee, research, reference, auditing, administrative, and technological support to the members of the legislature and its committees.
- General Assembly
The Maryland General Assembly is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Maryland. It is a bicameral body. The upper chamber, the Maryland State Senate, has 47 representatives and the lower chamber, the Maryland House of Delegates, has 141 representatives.
- Office of Legislative Audits
The Office of Legislative Audits (OLA) is part of the Maryland General Assembly’s Department of Legislative Services. OLA's missioon is to serve the General Assembly and the citizens of Maryland by providing independent, objective, and non-partisan audits and evaluations of State government agencies. These audits assist the General Assembly in its oversight responsibilities and lead to improved performance throughout State government.
Maryland Court Rules and Forms
- Maryland Attorney General Forms and Manuals
Provided links to forms for the Circuit Court and the District Courts.
- Maryland Tax Court Petition Forms
For the convenience of the parties, the Maryland Tax Court has available Petition of Appeal forms that can be completed and filed with the Court.
- Maryland Tax Court Rules and Procedures
- Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure
Provides links to proposed Rule Changes and Recent Rules Orders.
Maryland Judicial Branch
The Maryland Court Systems includes the District Court; the Circuit Court; two Appellate Courts (the Court of Appeals and the Court of Special Appeals); and Orphans’ Court.
- State Law Library
The Maryland State Law Library provides legal information to the State's appellate courts and other branches of State government and serves as a resource center for Circuit Court libraries throughout the State.
Maryland Executive Branch
- Department of Aging
The Department of Aging protects the rights and quality of life of older persons in Maryland. To meet the needs of senior citizens, the Department administers programs throughout the State, primarily through local "area agencies" on aging. Area agencies administer State and federal funds for local senior citizen programs. These programs include advocacy services, health education, housing, information and referral, in-home services, and nutrition.
- Department of Agriculture
Many activities of the MDA are regulatory in nature, others are assigned to a category of public service and some are educational or promotional in scope. All are intended to provide the maximum protection possible for the consumer as well as promote the economic well-being of farmers, food and fiber processors and businesses engaged in agricultural related operations.
- Department of Assessments and Taxation
In Maryland the valuation of all real and personal property for purposes of property taxation is a function of State government. The Director of Assessments and Taxation, appointed by the Governor, administers and enforces the property assessment and property tax laws of Maryland. This organizational structure allows for uniformity of property assessment throughout the State.
- Department of Budget and Management
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) helps the Governor, State agencies, and their employees provide effective, efficient, and fiscally sound government to the citizens of Maryland. DBM supports agency efforts to achieve results by helping them obtain the fiscal, capital, and personnel resources needed to provide services to Maryland citizens.
- Department of Business and Economic Development
Maryland's one-stop economic development shop strives to attract new businesses, stimulate private investment, encourage the expansion and retention of existing companies and provide Maryland business with workforce training and financial assistance. The Department markets local products and services at home and abroad.
- Department of Education
The mission of MSDE is to provide leadership, support, and accountability for effective systems of public education, library services, and rehabilitation services.
- Department of General Services
The mission of the Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) is to provide leading-edge professional and technical services to keep State and local government working today and in the future. DGS does this by creating safe and secure work environments; designing, building, leasing, managing and maintaining facilities; leading energy conservation efforts; procuring goods and services; and providing essential functions such as fuel management, disposition of surplus property and records storage.
- Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- Department of Housing and Community Development
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is proud to be at the forefront in implementing housing policy that promotes and preserves homeownership and creating innovative community development initiatives to meet the challenges of a growing Maryland.
- Department of Human Resources
The Department of Human Resources has programs and services for Economic Assistance, Adoption and Foster Care, and Child Support.
- Department of Juvenile Services
The Maryland Department of Juvenile Services provides individualized care and treatment to youth who have violated the law, or who are a danger to themselves or others. Through a variety of programs that reflect the most creative, effective and efficient use of resources, the Department of Juvenile Services strives to help young people, with the involvement of their families, reach their full potential as productive and positive members of society.
- Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation protects and empowers Marylanders by safeguarding workers, protecting consumers, providing a safety net and cultivating a thriving workforce that can meet the demands of Maryland’s dynamic economy.
- Department of Natural Resources
The Department of Natural Resources leads Maryland in securing a sustainable future for our environment, society, and economy by preserving, protecting, restoring, and enhancing the State’s natural resources.
- Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) is one of the largest state agencies in Maryland. DPSCS' functions include the operation of three correctional divisions that total 27 facilities, and 45 parole and probation supervision offices. DPSCS is also responsible for maintenance of Maryland’s Criminal Justice Information Repository, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions, the Emergency Number Systems Board and many other valuable criminal justice functions.
- Department of the Environment
The mission of the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is to protect and restore the quality of Maryland’s air, water, and land resources, while fostering smart growth, economic development, healthy and safe communities, and quality environmental education for the benefit of the environment, public health, and future generations.
- Department of Transportation
The Maryland Department of Transportation oversees transportation in the state.
- Department of Veterans Affairs
The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs is an Executive Department in Maryland State Government with a service mission to: provide representation to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; manage and operate authorized Maryland State Veterans Cemeteries and a Civil War Cemetery; maintain and care for memorials for the Maryland Vietnam, Korean, and World War II Veterans; manage Charlotte Hall Veterans Home; and provide staff support and assistance to State Veterans Commissions.
- Geological Survey
The direction of the Maryland Geological Survey is primarily one of applied geological studies and mapping aimed at providing for the geological information needs of the State of Maryland and its citizens. Public service is the Survey's ultimate role: service by seeking out and providing information on earth resources of the State to aid in the wise and orderly development of these resources for the benefit of the State and its people. Geologic and hydrologic studies, assessments, and evaluations are expected to remain important activities of the Maryland Geological Survey.
- Governor's Office For Children
The Governor’s Office for Children (GOC) coordinates child and family-oriented care within the State’s Child-Serving Agencies by emphasizing prevention, early intervention and community-based services for all children and families. The office leads the development of a three-year plan establishing goals and strategies for delivery of integrated services to children and families.
- Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention
GOCCP is Maryland's one stop shop for resources to improve public safety. GOCCP exists to educate, connect, and empower Maryland's citizens and public safety entities through innovative funding, strategic planning, crime data analysis, best practices research and results-oriented customer service.
- Governor's Office of Minority Affairs
The mission of the Governor's Office of Minority Affairs (GOMA) is facilitating minority business enterprise activities through coordinating and promoting government programs aimed at strengthening and preserving the state’s 200,000 minority and women owned businesses. GOMA is also responsible for overseeing the work of the state agencies as they plan and carry out projects that are intended to overcome special problems related to minority business enterprise participation initiatives.
- Maryland Emergency Management Agency
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) was created by the MD legislature to ensure Maryland is prepared to deal with large-scale emergencies. MEMA is responsible for coordinating the state's response in any major emergency or disaster. The includes supporting local government as needed or requested, and coordinating assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal partners.
- Maryland Energy Administration
The mission of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is to maximize energy efficiency while promoting economic development, reducing reliance on foreign energy supplies, and improving the environment. MEA advises the Governor on directions, policies and changes in the various segments of the energy market.
- Maryland Environmental Services
Maryland’s Governor and legislators created Maryland Environmental Service (MES) to protect the state’s air, land and water resources. MES has no regulatory authority and receives no direct appropriations. The agency is a self-supporting, not-for-profit public corporation, combining the public sector’s commitment to environmental protection with the private sector’s flexibility and responsiveness.
- Maryland Insurance Administration
The Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) is an independent State agency that regulates Maryland's insurance industry and protects consumers by ensuring that insurance companies and health plans act in accordance with insurance laws.
- Maryland Public Television
Maryland Public Television (MPT) actually signifies two entities with a shared mission of public service. The Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission is a state agency that holds MPT's broadcast licenses. The MPT Foundation encourages and receives donations on behalf of MPT.
- Maryland State Police
The Mission of the Maryland State Police is to protect the citizens of the State of Maryland from foreign and domestic security threats, to fight crime, and to promote roadway safety by upholding the laws of the State of Maryland. This will be accomplished through aggressive patrol, investigation, intelligence gathering and interdiction efforts; and by providing leadership and assistance to state and local agencies.
- Maryland Tax Court
The Maryland Tax Court, an independent agency, provides the highest administrative level in the state and local tax-related appeals process. Its mission is to provide an independent forum servicing all state taxpayers for the effective, fair and efficient hearing and resolutions of tax controversies.
- Maryland Technology Assistance Program
The Maryland Technology Assistance Program (MD TAP) provides tools to help Marylanders with disabilities and seniors enjoy the same rights and opportunities as other citizens. These tools are called "assistive technology" or "AT". Assistive Technology (AT) is any item needed to live, work or learn more independently. The program provides a streamlined service of product information, consultation, and resource assistance in order to make assistive technology more available, affordable and usable for Marylanders with disabilities and seniors.
- MD Kids' Page
Maryland Secretary of State Kids' Page containing information about Maryland, it's government and history.
- Office of Planning
The Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) promotes growth that fosters vibrant, livable communities, preserves and protects the environment, and makes efficient use of State resources. MDP works to discourage growth that results in “sprawl” development.
- Office of Tourism Development
Provides links and information about Maryland, Places to See, Things to Do, and Places to Stay.
- Office on Service and Volunteerism
The Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism supports and promotes service and volunteer efforts that engage Marylanders to strengthen their communities. By combining traditional volunteerism with modern programs, the Office helps meet pressing needs in the areas of education, health, the environment, and public safety. The Office also provides training and technical assistance to volunteer organizations, "Communities of Promise," and national service programs throughout Maryland.
- Port Administration
For more than three centuries, ships have sailed into the Port of Baltimore and opportunity has rolled in with the waves. Today, the Port remains Maryland’s gateway to the world and harbor of possibility – serving as the driving force behind our trade-based economy, sustaining a reputation for being a true environmental leader, emerging as one of the most secure ports in the nation, and continuing to grow an expanding cruise business.
- SAILOR - Maryland's Public Information Network
Sailor is a service of Maryland’s public libraries that provides broadband Internet access for public libraries, schools and local government in Maryland, and an extensive collection of research databases for the use of Maryland public library customers.
- State Archives
The Maryland State Archives is the historical agency for Maryland and serves as the central depository for government records of permanent value. Records date from the founding of the colony in 1634 to the present. Included in the Archives' holdings are colonial and state executive, legislative, and judicial records; county probate, land and court records; church records; business records; publications and reports of state, county and municipal governments; and special collections of private papers, maps, photographs, and newspapers.
- State Climatology Office
The Maryland State Climatologist Office is a public service entity that has affiliations with the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. It is the home of the Acting Maryland State Climatologist and the Assistant Maryland State Climatologist. The Maryland State Climatologist Office provides climate data and related information to the State of Maryland.
- State Forest and Park Service
The mission of the Maryland Park Service is to manage the natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources to provide the best use for the benefit of people.
- State Lottery Agency
The Maryland Lottery is an independent agency of the government of Maryland. Its games include Mega Millions, Powerball, Multi-Match, Keno, Bonus Match 5, and numerous scratch tickets. Lottery revenues are deposited into the State's General Fund and used to support such services and programs as education, public health, human resources, public safety and much more, all of which greatly benefit the citizens of Maryland.
Maryland Boards and Commissions
- Governor's Commission on Maryland Military Monuments
The Governor's Commission on Maryland Military Monuments inventories Maryland military monuments. To restore damaged monuments, the Commission determines the cost and secures funds. The Commission also assigns responsibility for maintenance of each monument and prepares educational and tourism materials for public distribution.
- Interagency Committee on School Construction
The Interagency Committee on School Construction was established by the Board of Public Works to administer the Maryland's Public School Construction Program. The program was established to provide State funding for eligible and justified public school construction projects that were approved by the Board of Public Works.
- Maryland Commission on Human Relations
The Commission seeks to eliminate discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, and age. Maryland anti-discrimination statutes for housing, employment, and public accommodations are administered and enforced by the Commission. It also initiates and investigates complaints of discrimination in State government agencies.
- Maryland Health Care Commission
The Maryland Health Care Commission is an independent state regulatory agency whose mission is to plan for health system needs, promote informed decision-making, increase accountability, and improve access in a rapidly changing health care environment by providing timely and accurate information on availability, cost, and quality of services to policy makers, purchasers, providers and the public.
- Maryland Higher Education Commission
MHEC is the State of Maryland's higher education coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and private colleges and universities and for-profit career schools. MHEC also administers state financial aid programs that affect students on a statewide basis.
- Maryland Stadium Authority
The mission of the Maryland Stadium Authority is to plan, finance, build and manage sports and entertainment facilities in Maryland; provide enjoyment, enrichment, education, and business opportunities for citizens; and develop partnerships with local governments, universities, private enterprise, and the community.
- Maryland State Arts Council
The Maryland State Arts Council is an agency of the State of Maryland under the authority of the Department of Business and Economic Development, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts. It was founded to encourage and invest in the arts for all Marylanders.
- Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals
The Board is an executive branch agency and has jurisdiction over appeals involving bid and contract disputes between the State and contractors and or vendors doing business with the State. Bid disputes involve the preparation and interpretation of bid specifications, qualification and selection of successful bidders or offerors, and matters relating to the bidding process.
- Maryland State Board of Elections
The State Administrative Board of Election Laws was created in 1969 to ensure compliance with the requirements of Maryland and federal election laws by all persons involved in the election process. Thirty years later, under its new name of State Board of Elections (SBE) it continues its mission in collaboration with the County Boards of Election.
- Maryland State Board of Public Works
The Maryland Board of Public Works is comprised of the Treasurer, the Governor, and the Comptroller. In order to protect and enhance the State's fiscal integrity, the Board of Public Works ensures that significant State expenditures are necessary and appropriate, fiscally responsible, fair, and lawful.
- Maryland State Ethics Commission
The goals of the State Ethics Commission are: To insure that the public has the highest trust in its officials and employees and to assure the public that impartiality and independence of judgment is maintained; To prevent the conduct of State business from being subject to improper influence or even the appearance of improper influence; and To guard against improper influence by administering public disclosure programs and a program establishing standards of conduct for employees and officials.
- Property Tax Assessment Appeals Boards
For each county and Baltimore City, a property tax assessment appeals board has jurisdiction over all appeals in its area concerning property tax assessments, the Home Owners' Tax Credit Program, the Renters' Tax Credit Program, the Agricultural Land Preservation Easement Program, and other local tax matters assigned to the board for hearing.
- Public Service Commission
The Public Service Commission (PSC or Commission) regulates gas, electric, telephone, water, and sewage disposal companies. Also subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission are electricity suppliers, fees for pilotage services to vessels, construction of a generating station and certain common carriers engaged in the transportation for hire of persons. The PSC's jurisdiction extends to taxicabs operating in the City of Baltimore, Baltimore County, Cumberland, and Hagerstown.