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Md.’s top court hears challenge to redaction of abortion providers’ names

Citing slayings and harassment of abortion providers in other states, an attorney for Maryland defended before the state’s top court Monday a government agency’s refusal to disclose publicly the names of individuals seeking licenses to open surgical facilities that perform abortions.

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Editorial Advisory Board: The days of ‘Trust me’ are over

Baltimore City police officers soon will be wearing body cameras, and stationary video cameras already record a substantial amount of activity on Baltimore’s streets. The Commission Regarding the Implementation & Use of Body Cameras by Law Enforcement Officers, established by ...

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Body camera panel’s proposal raises concern about public records access

The lone recommendation in the final report of a state commission on best practices for the use of police body cameras has led to concerns about access to public records. The 19-page report, posted on the commission’s website, contains 16 ...

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Md. judge: Railroad companies’ oil shipment records public

A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge has ruled records describing large oil shipments by rail subject to disclosure under the Maryland Public Information Act.Judge Lawrence Fletcher-Hill’s ruling was made late last week, and advocates for disclosure praised the ruling Monday.Rail ...

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Railroad companies, MDE renew spat over disclosing crude oil shipments

Details about shipments of crude oil are trade secrets protected from disclosure under the Maryland Public Information Act, two national railroad companies have argued in an attempt to prevent a state agency from releasing the information. Norfolk Southern Corp. and CSX Transportation Inc. each filed a lawsuit against the Maryland Department of the Environment last summer as the department was preparing to disclose the information at the request of McClatchy Newspapers and the Associated Press. Under the Public Information Act, state agencies have 30 days to respond to requests.

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