The Maryland Public Information Act under the statutes 4-101 through 4-601 of the Maryland legislature is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to public records of government bodies at all levels in Maryland. Furthermore, the Maryland Code dictates that “all persons are entitled to have access to information about the affairs of government and the official acts of public officials and employees.”
The Maryland Open Meetings Act legislates the methods by which public meetings are conducted. The statutes 3-101 to 3-501 of the Annotated Code of Maryland define the Act. Pursuant to the Maryland Open Meetings Act, “it is essential to the maintenance of a democratic society that, except in special and appropriate circumstances:
(1)public business be conducted openly and publicly; and
(2)the public be allowed to observe:
(i) the performance of public officials; and
(ii) the deliberations and decisions that the making of public policy involves.