NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


April 2, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

CURRAN OFFERS NEW GUIDANCE ON PUBLIC INFORMATION ACT

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., today announced that his office has published new guidance for state and local government agencies that receive requests for records under the state's Public Information Act. The pamphlet, entitled Responding to Requests under the Maryland Public Information Act: A Suggested Process, lays out a step by step approach for agencies to comply with the letter and spirit of the Act.

Curran said the pamphlet was developed by his office which solicited comments from local government officials and members of the news media. Curran said that the document is being used at training sessions sponsored by the Maryland Association of Counties and the Maryland Municipal League.

In addition, Curran said, his office has also published a revised and enlarged version of the Public Information Act manual, a comprehensive guide to the state public records law.

"The Public Information Act is an essential component of open government and a cornerstone of our democratic system," Attorney General Curran said. "These documents should be useful tools for state and local government officials who conscientiously seek to fulfill their responsibilities under the Act."

Requests for copies of the manual or the pamphlet should be addressed to the Attorney General's Office, Opinions and Advice, 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. The telephone number is (410) 576-6372; the fax number is (410) 576-7003, e-mail address: opengov@oag.state.md.us. Both the manual and the pamphlet may be downloaded for free from the Attorney General's website: http://www.oag.state.md.us/Opengov/index.htm.

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