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Maryland Public Information Act
Senate OKs rewrite of public information law
Senate OKs rewrite of public information law

The Maryland Senate gave preliminary approval Tuesday to the largest re-write of public records laws in 45 years. The measure would create an ombudsman to mediate disputes between the public and the government over whether certain records could be released, marking the first time such agreements could be settled without going to court. The legislation also creates a commission to review complaints about fees for public records in cases where the government charged $250 or more to provide the records.  Advocates say the law would grant the biggest changes to the Maryland Public Information Act since it was first written in 1970, and go a long way to changing the...