Apr 22, 2022

The No Surprises Act’s transparency rules for health plans

The federal No Surprises Act (NSA) generally protects patients from receiving large unanticipated bills for out-of-network care.  To implement the NSA, transparency rules have been issued that require self-insured and insured health plans to include deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums on physical or electronic health insurance ID cards. These transparency rules also try to provide health [&hel[...]

Feb 3, 2020

Rules committee proposes stricter process for confidential e-filing

The Maryland Judiciary has proposed new rules to crack down on potential misuse of an electronic filing feature that allows attorneys to shield documents from public view. The Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure fast-tracked the issue of “confidential” filings earlier this year after newspapers flagged hundreds of filings in the […]

Apr 6, 2018

No amendments to Case Search rule on rules committee agenda

The Court of Appeals held an emergency meeting March 6 and restored deleted language from the rule on remote access to case records.

Mar 5, 2018

Wilner: Police officer Case Search rule change an ‘honest mistake’

The chair of Maryland’s rules committee told the Court of Appeals on Monday a rule change removing police officers’ names from online court records was an “honest mistake.” Retired Judge Alan M. Wilner, who chairs the committee, said the recommendation of the rule change “a mistake that never should have occurred” and said the deleted […]

Aug 24, 2015

Rutherford imposes “no recording” rule on press

The highly unusual stipulation, which includes the select members of the television and radio press, was made in advance of an offer to meet with Rutherford on Tuesday morning to discuss a topic which Gov. Larry Hogan has made a key point off his young administration.

Aug 22, 2014

Goodwill rates high for transparency

Goodwill Industries International, based in Rockville, has been recognized for reaching the highest level of transparency. Goodwill Industries International announced it has been rated at the Gold level by the GuideStar Exchange, which seeks to advance transparency among nonprofits. GuideStar USA collects, organizes and publishes information on the programs, finances and impact of more than [&hell[...]

Mar 19, 2014

Court of Appeals places all pending cases on its website

Maryland's top court has made it easier for the public to track appeals the judges have agreed to hear, adding a "pending cases" link to its website.

Oct 9, 2013

Manning rejects ‘pacifist’ label after document leaks

LONDON — Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning says she does not consider herself a pacifist for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks. Rather, she sees herself as an advocate for transparency. Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for a July conviction on espionage and other offenses for sending more than 700,000 documents to the anti-secrecy website. Manning […]

May 23, 2013

C. Fraser Smith: Transparency? Eventually

Insiders say the major Exelon Corp. project won’t happen without tax increment financing — a tax advantage offered “to make the numbers work.”

Mar 20, 2013

Democratic reversal delays House debate on Baltimore school construction bill

With an updated fiscal analysis of a revised plan to overhaul Baltimore schools unavailable, Republican lawmakers in the House of Delegates pressed proponents Wednesday night to delay debate on House Bill 860 for another day.

Feb 18, 2013

Eye Opener: Discussing transparency in Annapolis

A few government and politics headlines for this chilly Monday.

Feb 15, 2013

Eye Opener: Elections on lawmakers’ minds

A few government and politics headlines for Friday morning.

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