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has, over the years, passed through a process of legislative change
common to many American communities. While only a few simple laws were
necessary at the time of the establishment of the county, subsequent
growth of the community, together with the complexity of modern life,
has created the need for new and more detailed legislation for the proper
function and government of the county. The recording of local law is
an aspect of municipal history, and as the community develops and changes,
review and revision of old laws and consideration of new laws, in the
light of current trends, must keep pace. The orderly collection of these
records is an important step in, this ever-continuing process. Legislation
must be more than mere chronological enactments reposing in the pages
of old records. It must be available and logically arranged for convenient
use and must be kept up-to-date. It was with thoughts such as these
in mind that the County Council ordered the following codification of
the county's legislation. ....
Contents of Code
The various chapters of the Code contain all
currently effective bills of a general and permanent nature enacted by
the County Council of Harford County.
Division of Code
The Code is divided into two major divisions. This
first division includes the Charter of the county. The second division
includes all bills of a general and permanent nature as Parts I and II.
Part I, Administrative Legislation, contains all bills of an
administrative nature, such as that dealing with the administration of
government, that establishing or regulating municipal departments and
that affecting officers and employees of the municipal government and
its departments. Part II, General Legislation, contains all other bills
of a regulatory nature. Items of legislation in this part generally
impose penalties for violation of their provisions, whereas those in
Part I do not.
Grouping of Legislation and Arrangement of Chapters
The various items of legislation are organized into
chapters, their order being an alphabetical progression from one subject
to another. Wherever there are two or more items of legislation dealing
with the same subject, they are combined into a single chapter. Thus,
for example, all legislation pertaining to the regulation of streets and
sidewalks may be found in Part II, in the chapter entitled "Streets and
Sidewalks." In such chapters, use of Article or Part designations has
preserved the identity of the individual items of legislation.
Table of Contents
The Table of Contents details the alphabetical
arrangement of material by chapter as a means of identifying specific
areas of legislation. Wherever two or more items of legislation have
been combined by the editor into a single chapter, titles of the several
Articles or Parts are listed beneath the chapter title in order to
facilitate location of the individual item of legislation.
Space has been provided in the Code for the
convenient insertion, alphabetically, of later enactments. In the Table
of Contents such space appears as chapters entitled "(Reserved)." In the
body of the Code, reserved space is provided by breaks in the
page-numbering sequence between chapters.
A unique page-numbering system has been used, in
which each chapter forms an autonomous unit. One hundred pages have been
allotted to each chapter, and the first page of each is the number of
that chapter followed by the numerals "01." Thus, Chapter 6 begins on
page ("601, Chapter 53 on page 5301, etc. By use of this system, it is
possible to add or to change pages in any chapter without affecting the
sequence of subsequent pages in other chapters, and to insert new
chapters without affecting the existing organization.