Discover the Code of State
The laws of Maryland, for non-lawyers.
The State Decoded provides the Code of State on one friendly website. Inline
definitions, cross-references, bulk downloads, a modern API, and all of the niceties
of modern website design. It’s like the expensive software lawyers use, but free and
This is a public beta test of The State Decoded, which is to say that everything
is under development. Things are funny looking, broken, and generally unreliable
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Throughout the Code of State, very specific legal definitions are
provided for terminology both specialized and mundane. If you don’t know which
words have special definitions, and what those definitions are, then you can’t
understand what a law really means. The State Decoded solves this
problem neatly, by identifying every definition in the Code of State and
providing a pop-up definition every time that a defined word appears.
The State Decoded isn’t just a pretty website—you can take the laws with
you, too. On our downloads page you can get copies
of all of the laws of Maryland in any format that you like, to do
whatever you like with. They’re available in formats meant for you to read
and in formats meant for software to read, too. If you’re a software developer,
you’ll love our API!