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The Maryland Code Public General Laws, 1904
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A new article with its appropriate sections is made for each of
these five new subjects, but, to avoid change in the numbering
of the existing articles and the confusion that would necessarily
result from such change, and at the same time to preserve
throughout the alphabetical; arrangement, these new articles with
their several titles are numbered respectively, XLV A, LXXV A,
LXXVIII A. LXXXVIII A and XCVI A.

The Constitution (article 3, section 29) declares that "it
shall be the duty of the General Assembly in amending any
article or section of the Code of laws of this State to enact
the same as the said article or section would read when
amended, and whenever the General Assembly shall enact any
public general law not amendatory of any section or article in
the said Code, it shall be the duty of the General Assembly to
enact the same in articles and sections in the same manner as
the Code is arranged. " * * *

These directions have very frequently been disregarded by
, the General Assembly, and in amending the existing articles of
the Code wrong numbers and erroneous lettering have often
been given.

So, too, the numbering of the sections repealed and re-enacted
has not always been successive. Again, it has frequently hap-
pened that amendments of existing articles or sections were made
without any allusion whatsoever to these articles and sections.
And again, laws not amendatory of any existing article or
section were not enacted in articles and sections in the same
manner as the Code is arranged.

In the codification now issued all these constitutional direc-
tions have been carried out; the pre-existing law wherever
untouched by subsequent legislation is reproduced as contained
in the Code of 1888; wherever altered by repeal and re-enact-
ment it is given as so re-enacted, with appropriate references
above each section to the original enactment and subsequent


 

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