Code of Maryland Regulations
State agencies with the authority to adopt regulations must follow the State's Administrative Procedures Act, State Government Article, §10-101 et seq., Annotated Code of Maryland, when adopting regulations. These requirements include review by the Maryland General Assembly's Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review Committee, publication in the Maryland Register, and public comment on proposed new regulations and changes to existing regulations.
The Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) is organized by title, with the name of title corresponding to the name of the agency with authority to adopt regulations. For example, the State Board of Elections is authorized under section 2-102 of the Election Law Article to adopt regulations to implement its powers and duties. Regulations adopted by the State Board of Elections are located in Title 33 - State Board of Elections of COMAR.
The State's Division of State Documents publishes COMAR in two formats. The Division has an online, searchable version of COMAR and sells a printed version. The online version is updated as soon as a proposed regulation is effective, and updates to the printed version are printed bi-annually.
All non-emergency final regulations that have gone into effect as of December 31, 2020, and emergency regulations that are still in effect as of December 31, 2020 are incorporated into the searchable version of COMAR linked in the above paragraph. Emergency regulations adopted by the State Board in 2020 that expired on or prior to December 31, 2020 have been removed from the incorporated into the searchable version of COMAR linked in the above paragraph. All active emergency regulations will be listed here until they expire.
September 11, 2020 State Board MeetingSubtitle 08- Canvassing
Subtitle 08, Chapter 05- Post Election Verification and Audit
At its September 11, 2020 meeting, the State Board approved emergency amendments to Regulations .01 and .04 of Subtitle 08, Chapter 05. These amendments were approved by the Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review (AELR) Committee on October 2, 2020, were published in the October 23rd issue of the Maryland Register, and will expire on March 30, 2020.
October 8, 2020 State Board MeetingSubtitle 17- Early Voting
Subtitle 17, Chapter 6- Early Voting Activities
At its October 8th meeting, the State Board also approved an identical non-emergency amendment to Regulation .05 of Subtitle 17, Chapter 6. This amendment was published in the November 20, 2020 issue of the Maryland Register for a 30-day public comment period, which ended on December 20, 2020. No comments were received. The amendment was adopted by the State Board at its meeting on January 12, 2021. It was published in the Maryland Register on January 29, 2021, and became effective February 8, 2020.
There are currently no proposed regulations.