• What is the "Public Information Act" (PIA)?
    Maryland’s Public Information Act (“PIA”) gives the public the right to access government records without unnecessary cost and delay.
    The PIA applies to all of Marylands government entities. The PIA is found in the State Government Article (“SG”), §§10-611 through 10-630, Annotated Code of Maryland.
    It is similar to the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) which applies to federal executive branch agencies and independent federal regulatory agencies.
    The PIA grants you the right to review the available records that are disclosable and to obtain copies of those records. It does not require an agency to answer informational questions or to create a record to satisfy your request.
    Created on 15/09/2012 in Administrative Questions