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§ 7-703. Blind Industries and Services of Maryland

West's Annotated Code of MarylandHuman ServicesEffective: July 1, 2019

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Human Services (Refs & Annos)
Title 7. Individuals with Disabilities (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 7. Blind, Visually Impaired, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Mobility Impaired Individuals (Refs & Annos)
Effective: July 1, 2019
MD Code, Human Services, § 7-703
§ 7-703. Blind Industries and Services of Maryland
“Board” defined
(a) In this section, “Board” means the Board of Trustees of Blind Industries and Services of Maryland.
Board of Trustees of Blind Industries and Services of Maryland established
(b) There is a Board of Trustees that is a body corporate under the name of “Blind Industries and Services of Maryland”.
Composition; appointment
(c)(1) The Board consists of 11 trustees appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate.
(2) Of the 11 trustees, at least 4 trustees shall be blind.
(d)(1) From among its members, the Board shall elect a chair and a treasurer.
(2) The Board may elect another member to serve as chair if it is inconvenient or impossible for the regularly elected chair to serve.
(e)(1) The term of a member is 3 years.
(2) The terms of members are staggered as required by the terms provided for members of the Board on October 1, 2007.
(f)(1) The Governor shall fill a vacancy on the Board by appointment with the advice and consent of the Senate.
(2) A member who is appointed after a term begins shall serve only for the rest of the term and until a successor is appointed and qualifies.
Compensation; expenses
(g) A trustee is entitled to:
(1) per diem compensation for each Board or committee meeting attended in accordance with the State budget; and
(2) reimbursement for expenses incurred in the performance of the trustee's duties under the Standard State Travel Regulations,1 as provided in the State budget.
(h) The Board shall:
(1) maintain in Baltimore City a training and employment center for blind individuals;
(2) operate the Blind Industries and Services of Maryland for the labor and manufactures of all blind adult residents of the State who give satisfactory evidence of character and ability to do the work required;
(3) use the profits arising from the operation of the Blind Industries and Services of Maryland to further its mission;
(4) acquire suitable quarters in the State;
(5) keep proper records of its funds and accounts; and
(6) report annually to the Governor, and subject to § 2-1257 of the State Government Article, the General Assembly, and the chair of the Joint Audit and Evaluation Committee on the condition and operations of the Blind Industries and Services of Maryland, including a thorough discussion of its programs and the participation of the blind community in these programs.
(i) The Board may:
(1) apply that portion of the endowment fund and annual income that the Board considers expedient to establish training and employment centers in any part of the State and to open a store for the sale of articles manufactured by blind individuals;
(2) extend the benefits of the training and employment centers and the store to blind adults of the State who do not reside in institutions on any terms and under any regulations that the Board prescribes;
(3) generally supervise and control the training and employment centers;
(4) acquire and hold real, personal, and mixed property;
(5) sue and be sued;
(6) make, use, and alter a seal;
(7) appoint a corporate secretary and other necessary employees and set their compensation; and
(8) establish, maintain, direct, and supervise each matter concerning the Blind Industries and Services of Maryland, including the purchase of any machinery and materials that the Board considers suitable and necessary and the barter or exchange of articles or manufactures entrusted to the Board for disposal.
(j) The Board shall be audited annually.


Added by Acts 2007, c. 3, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2007. Amended by Acts 2019, c. 8, § 5.


COMAR et seq.
MD Code, Human Services, § 7-703, MD HUMAN SERV § 7-703
Current with legislation effective through July 1, 2023, from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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