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 MPIA covers public agencies and officials in Maryland and includes all branches of state government (legislative, judicial, and executive). The MPIA is similar in purpose to the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
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.
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