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."
July 8th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
The Society of Professional Journalists, the National Newspaper Association and 36 other journalism and open government groups sent a letter to President Obama Tuesday asking him to stop "politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies."
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
March 18th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
In a flurry of activity to meet Monday's deadline for bills sent to the Senate for action, the House of Delegates passed over 210 bills since Friday, most of them with unanimous or near unanimous votes
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
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
August 14th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick
The website, Maryland Legislative Watch, has released newly aggregated voting records for each delegate and senator in the General Assembly. Previously, those votes were not available by member, said founder and coordinator Elizabeth Myers
July 24th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick
As he prepares to run for governor, Attorney General Doug Gansler is proposing a six-point Good Government overhaul to beef up accountability and transparency on state spending. This includes a new public information inspector general to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently and effectively.
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
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