A January 24 MarylandReporter.com article discusses the bipartisan sponsors on legislation introduced by Delegate Dan Morhaim to allow the Open Meetings Compliance Board to impose fines against public bodies that violate Maryland’s Open Meetings Act.
This bipartisan legislation, HB331, has 18 co-sponsors, including House Majority Leader Kumar Barve and 10 other Democrats and Minority Leader Tony O’Donnell and six other Republicans.
Barve said that Morhaim’s bill was a no-brainer. “Why wouldn’t you support it?” he said, adding that government transparency was an “important issue” to address in this legislative session.
Morhaim has said that financial penalties were necessary to increase compliance with the board’s rulings, which “tend to be ignored” by government officials since the board does not have the power to punish anyone.