Worcester County, MD
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Worcester County 8-25-1981 by Bill No. 81-5 as Title 2 of the General Provisions Article of the 1981 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ GP 2-101 Definitions.

(a) 
As used in this Code, unless otherwise clearly indicated by the context, the following terms and words shall be defined as follows:
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
The County Commissioners of Worcester County, Maryland.
CODE
The Code of Public Local Laws of Worcester County, Maryland.
CODE OF PUBLIC LOCAL LAWS
The Code of Public Local Laws of Worcester County, Maryland.
CODE OF PUBLIC LOCAL LAWS OF WORCESTER COUNTY
The Code of Public Local Laws of Worcester County, Maryland.
COMMISSIONERS
The County Commissioners of Worcester County, Maryland.
COUNTY
Worcester County, Maryland.
MAY
Is permissive and not mandatory.
(b) 
Other definitions. Where individual Articles, Titles, Subtitles or other divisions of the Code have a specific set of definitions, those definitions shall govern over the definitions set forth in this section as used in such Article, Title, Subtitle or other division.
(c) 
Nonexclusivity. These definitions are not intended to be exclusive, and where other terms are used to clearly indicate terms listed in the aforegoing definitions, such other terms shall be construed by the clearer meaning.

§ GP 2-102 Adoption of Code not to affect vested rights, existing contracts and liabilities or pending suits and prosecutions.

The adoption of this Code, with the exception of the matters controlled by the Zoning and Subdivision Control Article and the Roads and Streets Title of the Public Works Article hereof, shall not affect or impair any right vested or acquired and existing at the time of its adoption, nor shall it impair, discharge or release any existing contract, obligation, duty or liability of any kind whatsoever. All pending suits, actions and prosecutions for crimes or misdemeanors, including all civil and criminal proceedings whatsoever, shall be prosecuted and proceeded with to final determination and judgment entered therein as if this Code had not been adopted.

§ GP 2-103 Prosecution for offenses previously committed.

If any crime, misdemeanor or other violation of law has been committed and no prosecution or other proceeding has been commenced against the offender before the adoption of this Code, then such offender may be proceeded against by indictment or otherwise and punished in the same manner as if this Code had not been adopted.

§ GP 2-104 Effect of repeal or revision of statute on penalty or liability previously incurred.

The repeal or the repeal and reenactment or the revision, amendment or consolidation of any statute or of any section or part of a section of any statute, civil or criminal, shall not have the effect to release, extinguish, alter, modify or change, in whole or in part, any penalty, forfeiture or liability, either civil or criminal, which shall have been incurred under such statute, section or part thereof, unless the repealing, repealing and reenacting, revising, amendment or consolidating act shall expressly so provide; and such statute, section or part thereof so repealed, repealed and reenacted, revised, amended or consolidated shall be treated and held as still remaining in force for the purpose of sustaining any and all proper actions, suits, proceedings or prosecutions, civil or criminal, for the enforcement of such penalty, forfeiture or liability, as well as for the purpose of sustaining any judgment, decree or other which can or may be rendered, entered or made in such actions, suits, proceedings or prosecutions imposing, inflicting or declaring such penalty, forfeiture or liability.

§ GP 2-105 Gender.

The masculine includes all genders, except where such construction would be absurd or unreasonable.

§ GP 2-106 Singular and plural.

The singular always includes the plural and vice versa, except where such construction would be unreasonable.

§ GP 2-107 Person to include corporation.

The word "person" shall include "corporation," unless such a construction would be unreasonable.

§ GP 2-108 References in statute to Code or other law.

(a) 
References. Whenever a provision of any Public General or Public Local Law of this state refers to any portion of this Code or to any other law, the reference applies to any subsequent amendment to that portion of the Code or other law, unless the referring provision expressly provides otherwise.
(b) 
Rule of construction. The rule of construction established by this section applies to an amendment to a statute whether adopted prior or subsequent to February 1, 1977.

§ GP 2-109 Severability of statutory provisions.

The provisions of all statutes enacted, reenacted, amended or recodified after February 1, 1977, are severable unless the statute specifically provides that its provisions are not severable. The finding by a court that some provision of a statute is unconstitutional and void does not affect the validity of the remaining portions of that statute, unless the court finds that the remaining valid provisions alone are incomplete and incapable of being executed in accordance with the legislative intent.