MD: Worcester Board of Education found in violation of open meeting laws

In response to a complaint, the Maryland Open Meetings Compliance Board recently determined the Worcester County Board of Education violated four provisions of Maryland’s Open Meetings Act.  Open meeting laws are designed to provide broad public access to public records while respecting privacy rights of citizens and protecting legitimate government interests, according to the Maryland…


Developers challenge new Annapolis public meeting law

An Annapolis attorney has asked a judge to set aside a new law requiring public meetings before developers submit plans to the city. Alan Hyatt, on behalf of four developers pursuing projects in the city, filed a complaint in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court claiming that the law adopted in October is impractically vague. He…


Maryland’s Barry Rascovar: Jim Keat, champion of open government and a journalist’s best friend

Every Maryland journalist who has filed a freedom of information request or challenged efforts by officials to keep public deliberations secret owes a debt of gratitude to Jim Keat, who passed away July 6 after a prolonged bout with cancer.

Keat passionately detested public secrecy. He led the fight to enlarge and put teeth in Maryland’s Opening Meetings Act and its Freedom of Information Act. Continue…


Committee asks for recommended changes in Maryland Open Meetings Act


If writing a column about the need to revamp the Open Meetings Act and testifying in support of that proposal before a legislative committee constitutes a good deed, then it just proves again that no good deed goes unpunished.