Queen Annes County, MD
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Queen Anne's County by Ord. No. 97-01. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Legalization; citation — See Ch. 1.
Definitions — See Ch. 2.

§ 3-1 Use of singular and plural.

Throughout this Code, the singular includes the plural, and vice versa, except where such construction would be unreasonable.

§ 3-2 Meaning of "includes" or "including."

Throughout this Code, the word "includes" or "including" means, unless the context requires otherwise, includes or including by way of illustration and not by way of limitation.

§ 3-3 Meaning of "may not."

Throughout this Code, the words "may not" have a mandatory negative effect and establish a prohibition.

§ 3-4 Catchlines or captions; editor's notes.

A. 
Catchlines. Section, subsection, or similar catchlines and chapter, article, and part headings throughout this Code are intended as mere catchlines to indicate context of referenced provisions and may not be construed as part of the law.
B. 
Editor's notes. Throughout this Code, editor's notes are included to explain the history of referenced provisions and explain for the benefit of the reader changes incorporated into the revision.[1] Editor's notes are included only for explanatory purposes and may not be construed as part of the law.
[1]
Editor's Note: Historical information included in the bold-faced histories of individual chapters, parts and/or articles as well as in sections and subsections when applicable.

§ 3-5 Dates not affected by revision.

Throughout this Code, references occasionally appear to some action taken or restricted based on the effective date of the applicable chapter or similar designation. Substitution of words such as "chapter" for "this ordinance" and similar substitutions are merely stylistic and the provisions should be construed as of the appropriate date under the relevant statute or ordinance rather than the effective date of this Code.

§ 3-6 Effect of Code on vested rights, pending actions or litigation.

A. 
Effect on vested rights, contracts, etc. The adoption of this Code does not:
(1) 
Affect or impair any right, vested or acquired and existing at the time of the Code's adoption; or
(2) 
Impair, discharge, or release any existing contract, obligation, duty, or liability of any kind.
B. 
Pending actions or litigation. Any pending administrative, civil, or criminal action may not be affected by the adoption of this Code and, to the extent any action or proceeding is pending at the time of this Code's adoption, the action or proceeding shall be processed as if the relevant law or ordinance remained in effect.

§ 3-7 Severability.

The provisions of this Code are severable unless a provision specifically provides otherwise. The finding by a court that any provision included in this Code is unconstitutional and void does not affect the validity of any other provision of this Code, unless the court finds that remaining provisions alone are incomplete and incapable of being executed in accordance with legislative intent.