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Maryland Public Information Act
Hogan's executive privilege
Hogan's executive privilege

If the email from Gov. Larry Hogan's chief legal counsel advising officials at various state agencies and departments to routinely label all written communications as "CONFIDENTIAL, FOR INTERNAL USE ONLY – PROTECTED BY EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE" was really no big deal and not to be taken seriously, as the governor's spokesman claims, then the administration needs to rescind it. Otherwise, it is likely to have a chilling effect on the openness of government regardless of its legal effect. Maryland's Public Information Act is supposed to make all government documents available to the public with certain exceptions, such as personnel records and materials that are...