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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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Voicemail slur will test scope of Public Information Act

Maryland’s top court will use the case of a racial slur left on a witness's voicemail to determine whether a person who complains police misconduct should have access to documents from the resulting internal-affairs investigation, or whether the government can issue a blanket denial under the Maryland Public Information Act.

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Health exchange struggles with Public Information Act

Officials with the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange are vowing to do a better job of responding to requests for documents after a review of a log tracking the requests revealed the agency has violated the law in more than three out of every 10 requests.

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CSA: Franchot must supply info to businessman

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The Maryland Public Information Act requires the state comptroller to provide a list of the “top 5,000 accounts” of abandoned properties to a businessman who, for a fee, helps reunite people with their lost goods, a Maryland appellate court has held.

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