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Funding approved for Md. public information ombudsman

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland’s attorney general is seeking applications from qualified attorneys to fill a new ombudsman’s position to resolve disputes over access to public records.

The Board of Public Works voted this week to approve funding to fill the ombudsman’s post.

Lawmakers passed legislation earlier this year to establish the ombudsman’s post and to create a new Public Information Act compliance board.

The revision to the Public Information Act, which had not been updated since 1970, creates a five-member compliance board to address fee disputes.

The ombudsman is charged with trying to resolve disputes over issues including denial of public records requests, redactions of information, and delays in responding to PIA requests.

Applications for the ombudsman’s post will be accepted by email or regular mail through Dec. 16.