Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR)

​The Code of Maryland Regulations, often referred to as COMAR, is the official compilation of all administrative regulations issued by agencies of the state of Maryland.  Regulations governing the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) fall under Title 13A.

Regulatory Review Process

MSDE regulations are regularly evaluated and updated. The purpose of the review is to determine whether the regulations are necessary for the public interest, continue to be supported by statutory authority and judicial opinion, or are appropriate for amendment or repeal.

Each newly proposed regulation is published in the Maryland Register (http://www.dsd.state.md.us/mdr/mdregister.html). The Maryland Register is an official publication of the State of Maryland that is published every two weeks. Every proposal describes how and when to submit comments.  Additional published information includes comparison to Federal Standards, and economic impacts on agencies, industries, and small businesses.  

Resources

The following are resources for State and Federal laws and regulations that govern MSDE activities:


Note on statutes versus regulations

The Legislature enacts statutes. Administrative agencies adopt, amend and repeal regulations under the authority granted to them by statutes. Unless the Legislature has created an exemption, agencies must follow the procedures in the Administrative Procedure Act when adopting, amending or repealing regulations.

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