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Maryland Public Information Act
Save the bay by improving Maryland's PIA
Save the bay by improving Maryland's PIA

Environmental advocates have been working to update Maryland's 45-year old Public Information Act through state legislation ("Senate OKs rewrite of public information law," March 24). There is certainly plenty of room for improvement — Maryland received an "F" in government transparency from the State Integrity Project. The new legislation creates better oversight, tightens timelines to respond to public information requests and requires proper justification for denials. Clean water and clean air advocates have been stymied when requesting information from state or local governments — but we're not the only ones. I testified in support of this...