Published on: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 News

Notice and Amended Order Modifying the Time for Responding to Public Information Act Requests

On the afternoon of May 19, 2020, the City Manager executed a Notice and Amended Order modifying the time for responding to requests to the City pursuant to Maryland’s Public Information Act.

The purpose of the Notice and Amended Order is to address, to the extent possible, concerns raised by residents and elected officials regarding the scope of the prior modification. It is written more narrowly to reflect the City’s original intent and commitment to transparency and open government, and clearly articulates the City’s intention to continue to respond to requests within the required time unless circumstances related to the pandemic prevent it from doing so.

With respect to timing, the unexecuted draft Notice and Amended Order was submitted to the Governor’s Office of Legal Counsel at 12:01 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020. Having received no objections from that office within the required time, the City Manager executed the Notice and Amended Order on the afternoon of May 19. It was contemporaneously transmitted to the Mayor and Council, published on the City’s website, and sent to Governor Hogan’s Office of Legal Counsel.

Link to Maryland Public Information Act information on the Attorney General’s website

Link to the Takoma Park web page on responding to requests for records