Penalties needed for violations of Open Meetings Act, citizens say

From the Baltimore Post-Examiner:

The biggest problem with the Open Meetings Act is the lack of any penalty for public bodies that violate the law.
That is the most frequently cited issue in dozens of responses received when it requested comments about problems with Open Meetings law back in October.
A similar problem was cited with the Public Information Act, which establishes the rules for release of documents and electronic information by government agencies. The Joint Committee on Transparency and Open Government is holding a hearing … on the Public Information Act, as it did Oct. 17 on the Open Meetings Act, when the chairman requested suggestions about how to improve the act.