Legislators and Advocates to Introduce the Maryland Open Government Act ~ Annapolis Capital Punishment

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Legislators and Advocates to Introduce the Maryland Open Government Act

(from a news release) On Thursday, January 28th at 11:30 am, lead House and Senate sponsors of the Maryland Open Government Act (HB 344) will introduce the legislation – which has 75 co-sponsors in the House – at a press conference in Room 145 of the Lowe House Office Building.
During this legislative session, House Speaker Mike Busch and Senate President Mike Miller have already announced important improvements to transparency and signaled an openness to consider others.   If enacted, this bill would greatly enhance the ability of ordinary Marylanders to interact with and influence policymakers in the General Assembly and Board of Public Works.  It includes provisions to:
  • Allow the public free and total access to services provided on the General Assembly’s website, including elimination of the $800 access fee charged for “up-to-the-minute” legislative tracking
  • Webcast General Assembly committee hearings and Board of Public Works meetings over the Internet
  • Post General Assembly committee hearing agendas at least one day in advance
  • Allow online sign-up for those wishing to testify before a General Assembly committee
  • Publish the votes of standing committees on the General Assembly website
  • Post Board of Public Works proposed budget actions at least two weeks in advance
  • Allow for a public comment period in advance of Board of Public Works budget actions
WHEN:            Thursday, January 28, 2010
                        11:30 am – 12:00 pm
WHERE:          Lowe House Office Building, Room 145
WHO:              Delegate Heather R. Mizeur, lead House sponsor
                        Senator Nancy King, lead Senate sponsor
                        Ryan O’Donnell, Common Cause Maryland
                        Patrick Moran, AFSCME
                        Fielding Huseth, MaryPIRG
                        Leah Mack, citizen advocate
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