Open Government

The ACLU of Maryland believes that a government of the people and by the people must be visible to the people. We work to ensure that government is operating in a manner that is accountable, efficient, and fair. The Maryland Public Information Act, in particular, is an important tool for exposing and remedying injustice, and we vigorously enforce public records and open meetings laws. 

Recent Activity - Legal cases

Automatic License Plate Readers

Legal case, July 30, 2012

ACLU Seeks Details on Automatic License Plate Readers in 
 Massive Nationwide Request


Anne Arundel County Executive Leopold's "Enemies List"

Legal case, March 7, 2012

ACLU files public information requests, demands full investigation after County Executive is indicted.


Dashiell v MSP: ACLU seeks public information about police racial slur complaint

Legal case, March 2, 2010

Maryland High Court Agrees to Hear Police Accountability Case


Racial Disparities in Somerset County Employment

Legal case, May 17, 2009

ACLU released report, help organize task force to produce recommendations for reform


Maryland State Police Spying on Peaceful Political Protest Groups

Legal case, June 12, 2008

Between March 2005 and May 2006, the Maryland State Police's Homeland Security and Intelligence Bureau undertook a campaign of infiltrating and monitoring peaceful political protest groups (from across the political spectrum) in Maryland, and falsely labeled activists in those groups as terrorists in state criminal intelligence databases.