National Freedom of Information Coalition
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New legislation would update Maryland Public Information Act, improve access to public records

When Maryland adopted its public information policy 45 years ago, email hadn't been invented yet, commercial laser printers were being refined for the market and the ink on the federal Freedom of Information Act was barely dry.

On Tuesday open government advocates began their push to update the Maryland Public Information Act of 1970.

"Democracy is built on transparency," said Sen. Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery County, who is sponsoring the bill. "We've got a good law but it hasn't been updated in four decades." Continue>>>