STATE PUBLIC INFORMATION ACT COMPLIANCE BOARD


[photo, St. Paul Plaza, 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, Maryland] Appointed by Governor with Senate advice & consent to to 3-year terms:
John H. West III, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor), 2019

Christopher A. Eddings, 2017; Deborah F. Moore-Carter, 2018; Rene C. Swafford, Esq., 2018; Darren S. Wigfield, 2019.

Staff: Janice R. Clark

c/o Office of Attorney General
St. Paul Plaza, 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 576-6560
e-mail: piaopengov@oag.state.md.us
web: www.oag.state.md.us/opengov/pia.htm

St. Paul Plaza, 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, Maryland, January 2001. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


Annual Report to Governor & General Assembly due Oct. 1 (Code General Provisions Article, sec. 4-1A-04(c)).

In October 2015, the State Public Information Act Compliance Board was authorized (Chapters 135 & 136, Acts of 2015).

The Board receives, reviews, and resolves complaints alleging that an applicant has been charged an unreasonable fee to inspect a public record. The Board issues a written opinion on whether the fee was unreasonable; determines the reasonable amount; and orders a refund when applicable. Further, the Board studies ongoing compliance with the Public Information Act by custodians of public records, and recommends improvements in the law to the General Assembly.

With Senate advice and consent, the Governor appoints the Board's five members to three-year terms. From the five members, the Governor names the Chair (Code General Provisions Article, secs. 4-1A-01 through 4-1A-10).

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