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ment. The Governor may accept or reject this rec-
ommendation. The Secretary of State assists the
Governor in this process (Code 1957, Art. 41, sec.
4-901; Art. 23, sec. 258).
Extradition is a process by which one state sur
renders a person accused or convicted of an offense
to another state having authority to try the charge.
This process is administered by the Secretary of
State on behalf of the Governor.
The Secretary of State is authorized to issue certi-
fications of incumbency, manual signature registra-
tions, and official copies of documents that are a matter
of record in the Secretary's office (Code State Govern-
ment Article, sec. 7-106). The Secretary also is author-
ized to issue the apostille certifying documents to be
Persons doing at least $10,000 worth of business
with the State or its subdivisions in a calendar year and
who have made political contributions are required to
file a disclosure with the Secretary of State (Code
1957, Art. 33, sec. 30-2). Persons whose business with
the State or local governments aggregate $100,000
in any one year are required to disclose certain infor-
mation to the Secretary (Code State Finance and
Procurement Article, sec. 13-221).
DIVISION OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL
Contact: Vonzell R. Ward (410) 974-5540
The Secretary of State serves as the Governor's
liaison to local governments. Each of Maryland's
municipalities and counties is visited periodically to
establish working contacts through which local
problems can be recognized and effective solutions
DIVISION OF CHARITABLE
Lois Hug, Director
The Secretary of State regulates charitable or-
ganizations that are required to register and file
fiscal reports annually. Professional solicitors and
fund-raising counsel also are required annually to
register and file fiscal reports (Code Business Regu-
lation Article, secs. 6-101 through 6-701). Raffles
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of real property by charitable organizations also are
regulated by this office.
Pursuant to Executive Order of January 1993,
the Secretary of State administers the Maryland
Charity Campaign of State employees and retirees.
DIVISION OF NOTARIES PUBLIC
Regina Harrison, Director
The Secretary of State administers the State's
notary statutes and issues notary public commis-
sions. Applications, notary public manuals, and
related information are available from this office
(Code 1957, Art. 68).
DIVISION OF TRADEMARKS/SERVICE
MARKS, HOUSING AUTHORITIES,
CONDOMINIUMS & TIME-SHARES
Kathleen Wheeler, Director
Trademarks & Service Marks. If an applicant's
mark is registrable, a certificate of registration is
issued by the Secretary of State. Applications and
information concerning registration are available
upon request (Code Business Regulation Article,
secs. 1-401 through 1-415).
Housing Authorities. Under the Housing
Authorities Law, housing authorities cannot trans-
act business or exercise powers until the Secretary
of State reviews their articles of organization and
issues a certificate of approval and a certificate of
organization (Code 1957, Art. 44A, sec. 1-205).
Condominiums. The Secretary of State and the
Attorney General are charged with enforcing pro-
visions of the Maryland Condominium Act. Resi-
dential condominiums offered for sale in the State
of Maryland must be registered with the Secretary
of State. Registration forms and information are
provided upon request (Code Real Property Arti-
cle, secs. 11-127 through 11-130).
Cooperatives. A developer who is converting an
apartment house into a cooperative must file with
the Secretary of State a copy of the notice of con-
version and a list containing the name of each tenant
to whom notice was given. State law also provides
that the office of the Secretary of State establish a
file of local legislation affecting cooperatives (Code
Corporations and Associations Article, secs. 5-6B-
05; 5-6B-09 through 5-6B-11).
Time-Shares. Since 1985, a developer of a time-
share project has been required to file with the
Secretary of State a public offering (disclosure)
statement for the proposed project. If the Secretary
of State determines that the public offering state-
ment satisfies the requirements of the Maryland
Real Estate Time-Sharing Act, an order of approval
is issued (Code Real Property Article, secs. 11A-
101 through 11A-129).