Enacted in 1970, Maryland's Public Information Act (MPIA), grants the public a broad right of access to public records while protecting legitimate governmental interests and the privacy rights of individual citizens. The PIA covers public agencies and officials in Maryland and includes all branches of state government (legislative, judicial, and executive). The PIA is similar in purpose to the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
What is a Public Information Act (PIA) Request?
A public record is defined as the original or copy of any documentary material in any form, to include written materials, books, photographs, photocopies, films, microfilms, records, tapes, computerized records, maps, and drawings created or received by the department in connection with the transaction of public business.
Frequently Asked Questions
All “public records” are covered by the PIA. The term “public record” is defined in GP § 4-101(k) and includes not only written material but also photographs, photostats, films, microfilms, recordings, tapes, computerized records, maps, drawings, and any copy of a public record.
The PIA applies to existing records and documents. An agency has no obligation to create records to satisfy a PIA request.
To assist in the processing of your PIA request, please provide specific information concerning the requested rerecord(s) of interest, such as project names, dates, types of documents, etc.
Processing of your request may take up to 30 days. Whitin 10 business days of receipt of the request, The Maryland State Department of Education will provide document’s requested or a notice of how much time it will take to produce the record, the reason for the delay, and an “estimate of the range of fees” that might be involved in producing the record.
Please Note: The State provides the first two hours of processing free of charge. Anytime required over the two hours is subject to a fee.
All MSDE PIA requests must be submitted in writing at:
MSDE Public Information Act Request
200 W. Baltimore Street 7th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Deputy Director of Media Relations
Office of Communications and Community Engagement
Office: (410) 767-0503