[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Worcester County 8-25-1981 by Bill No. 81-5 as Title 1 of the General Provisions Article of the 1981 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
SUBTITLE I Enactment and Purpose
Code. The 1981 Edition of the Code of Public Local Laws of Worcester County, Maryland, published by Michie/Bobbs Merrill, Charlottesville, Virginia, under the direction of the Board of County Commissioners of Worcester County, Maryland, and edited by Edward H. Hammond, Jr., and John A. Yankus, is hereby legalized. The Code shall contain all Public Local Laws relating to Worcester County, other than those applying solely within the corporate limits of the incorporated municipalities, as from time to time are duly passed. The Code shall be the official Code of Worcester County and shall be deemed and taken in all the courts of the state and by all other public officials of the state and of its several political subdivisions to be evidence of the Public Local Laws of Worcester County in existence at the time of compilation.
Supplementation. The Code hereby adopted shall be supplemented on a regular basis by the County Commissioners as Public Local Laws are amended, repealed, enacted or supplemented.
Name. The name of this Code shall be the "Code of Public Local Laws of Worcester County, Maryland."
Citation. The preferred citation for this Code shall be: Code of Public Local Laws of Worcester County, Maryland, followed by the name of the Article and section number and subsection designation as appropriate. For example, this provision should be cited as follows: Code of Public Local Laws of Worcester County, Maryland, General Provisions Article, § GP 1-102(b).
It is hereby declared to be the legislative purpose and intent of this Code of Public Local Laws of Worcester County, Maryland, to encompass herein all of those local laws governing Worcester County. It is the legislative intent that, while this Code encompasses all of the Public Local Laws of Worcester County, Maryland, there will be from time to time resolutions of the County Commissioners enacted pursuant to this Code and other statutory authority which shall have the force of law. The County Commissioners, as they deem fit, may from time to time publish such resolutions as part of this Code by way of appendix. In addition to those resolutions so published herein, the County Commissioners shall maintain a resolution book to include all resolutions passed by the County Commissioners. The County Commissioners may, by resolution, include other appendixes to this Code to include other items which they may from time to time deem appropriate. Pertinent records with regard to the adoption of the Code Home Rule form of government shall be included as an appendix.
Editor's Note: Chapter 527 of the Laws of 1997 (House Bill 1183) repealed the requirement that the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Worcester County record and index ordinances, resolutions and regulations duly adopted by the County Commissioners. The County Attorney states, therefore, that the Code of Local Laws of Worcester County shall constitute the full and complete Code. A complete copy of Ch. 527 of the Laws of 1997 (House Bill 1183) is included as Appendix P of the Code.
The format of the Code of Public Local Laws of Worcester County shall be in divisions as follows: (1) Articles, which shall be the largest divisions of the Code, shall be identified by name and shall be divided into; (2) Titles, which shall be identified by Arabic number and name and which shall be divided into; (3) Subtitles, which shall be identified by four-digit Arabic numbers, the first of which digits shall correspond to the number of the title in which the section is found; the second of which digits shall be separated from the first by a hyphen and shall correspond to the number of subtitle in which the section is found. The next two digits shall be the section number within the subtitle commencing with 01 and continuing sequentially as needed. Sections may, as determined necessary and appropriate, be likewise divided into subsections identified by lower-case letters and further divided into sub-subsections and paragraphs as may be required and as may be identified for the purposes of clarity.
The County Commissioners of Worcester County shall have all of the powers of a Code Home Rule County as prescribed by § 13 of Article 25B of the Annotated Code of Maryland, 1957 Edition, as the same may be from time to time amended, including, without limitation, all those powers accorded Code Home Rule Counties or specifically Worcester County in Articles 25, 25A and 25B of the Annotated Code of Maryland, 1957 Edition, as the same may be from time to time amended, as well as powers accorded the County Commissioners of Worcester County under other Public General or Public Local Laws. It is the legislative intent that, in addition to all other powers, the County Commissioners of Worcester County shall have specifically all powers accorded County Commissioners under Article 25 of the Annotated Code of Maryland, 1957 Edition, as the same may be from time to time amended, subject only to the limitations of Article 25 which are coupled with such powers and not subject to any limitations set forth in Articles 25 and 25A not coupled with any powers accorded thereby unless otherwise made applicable in Worcester County.