Yesterday, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) released the 16th edition of its Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) Manual. The release follows numerous legislative changes made during the 2021 Maryland General Assembly Session.
According to the OAG’s website, the Manual is intended as “[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.” In 2021, the Maryland Public Information Act underwent several reforms through HB183 (“Equitable Access to Records Act”), sponsored by Delegate Brooke Lierman (District 46, Baltimore City). Among the bill’s many provisions, it requires custodians of public information to create “proactive disclosure” policies. This change is reflected in the OAG’s most recent MPIA guidance.