Browsing the "Transparency" Category

Incoming attorney general promises greater transparency

December 12th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Incoming Attorney General Brian Frosh promised to be "a strong advocate of transparency and openness" in a speech celebrating the 40th anniversary of Common Cause in Maryland, citizen group committed to open government issues. "It is important the office of attorney general has a uniform approach" to enforcing the state's Public Information Act, Frosh said. "The default ought to be that we're going to give you the information that you seek."


New law aims at better access to Md. government data as state gets B- for transparency

April 8th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

Some people don't like how much Maryland spends or how it spends it, but an outside group says the state is getting a little better at reporting on where taxpayer dollars go. At the same time, a bill passed unanimously and signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley Tuesday is designed to make more of Maryland's government data more available and searchable to everyone through creation of a new Council on Open Data


Senators object to bill that would force most legislators to commute

February 23rd, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf

Sen. Allan Kittleman’s colleagues on a Senate committee were clearly unhappy with his legislation that would force most of them to commute and no longer reimburse their lodging in Annapolis during the session. Kittleman, R-Howard and Carroll, has again introduced legislation that would restrict the housing stipend legislators are permitted during session – a maximum $101 per day – to those living more than 50 miles from Annapolis


Marylanders unhappy with information flow on laws, regs, taxes

August 15th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Two thirds of voters are not satisfied with the information they get about Maryland laws, regulations and taxes, according to the results of a mobile phone survey being released Thursday by the OpenGov Foundation. The foundation, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focused on using technology to make public information more accessible, also found that 78% of Maryland voters want advance notification about Maryland policies that will impact them


Spending on state lobbying shifts from gambling to health care

June 26th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Eight out of the 10 highest paid lobbyists in 2012 are on track to retain their titles in 2013, while business spending on lobbyists shifted from gambling to health care, according to a post-session report released by the State Ethics Commission. For the six month reporting period from Nov. 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013, lobbyists have reported earning $23 million


Analysis: StateStat measures much, but delivers less than promised

June 12th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

StateStat is a substantial part of Maryland state government’s transparency enhancements relating to performance measurement. The program was much touted in the early days of the O'Malley-Brown administration, but now chugs along in obscurity. While StateStat conveys much information, it can be substantially improved so that it comes close to living up to the high expectations inherent in the governor’s StateStat messaging



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