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Maryland Public Information Act

PIA public security exemption report

Access to Government Records Under the Maryland Public Information Act
An brief overview of the Public Information Act intended for the general public.

New Notification Requirement
Effective October 1, 2015, each governmental unit that maintains public records must annually submit to the Office of the Attorney General the contact information for a representative whom a member of the public should contact to request a public record from the governmental unit. See H.B. 874 (Ch. 266), to be codified as sec 4-503 of the General Provisions Article. Our Office has established an email address dedicated to the receipt of these submittals: PIA.Custodians@oag.state.md.us. When a representative's contact information is submitted, it will generate a one-time automated reply that confirms our receipt. Questions concerning the notification process should be directed to Debbie Spence at dspence@oag.state.md.us or at (410) 576-6327.

Maryland Public Information Act Manual (13th Ed.) (October 2014)
A resource for both government officials seeking to meet their responsibilities under the Act and members of the press and public seeking access to information.

Chapter Content Revised date
Overview Preface and Table of Contents October 2014
Chapter 1 Scope and Agency Responsibilities October 2014
Chapter 2 Right of Access to Records October 2014
Chapter 3 Exceptions to Disclosure October 2014
Chapter 4 Request Procedures October 2014
Chapter 5 Administrative and Judicial Review October 2014
Chapter 6 Copies October 2014
Chapter 7 Fees October 2014
Chapter 8 Remedies October 2014
Chapter 9 Research Access October 2014
Chapter 10 The Right to Correction or Amendment of Public Records October 2014
Chapter 11 Restrictions on the Creation and Collection of Personal Records October 2014
Appendix “A” Sample Request Letter October 2014
Appendix “B” Sample Denial Letter October 2014
Appendix “C”

Annotated Code of Maryland, General Provisions Article secs. 4-101 through 4-601

October 2014
Appendix “D” Model Regulations on Public Information Act October 2014
Appendix “E” Opinions of the Attorney General on the Maryland Public Information Act October 2014
Appendix “F” Responding to Requests Under the Maryland Public Information Act:  A Suggested Process October 2014
Appendix “G” Access to Government Records Under the Maryland Public Information Act October 2014
Index Index October 2014

Correspondence Referenced in the PIA Manual can be found here.

Updates to the Manual are made online, and revision dates are posted above.



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