AGENDA ITEM #8A
Amanda MihilI, Legislative
Bill 23-12, Administration
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee recommendation (3-0):
23-12 with amendments.
Bill 23-12, Administration - Open Government, sponsored by Councilmembers Riemer and
Andrews, Council President Berliner, and Council members Leventhal, Floreen, Navarro, and Ervin,
was introduced on July 31, 2012. A public hearing was held on September 18 at which 2 speakers
supported the Bill (see testimony ©14). A Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee
worksession was held on November 26.
As introduced, this Bill would require an agency to make a public data set available on the Internet
within 1 year of the effective date of the Bill. The public data set that an agency makes available
must be accessible through a single web portal that is linked to \vww.montgomerycountymd.gov or
any successor website maintained by, or on behalf of the County. Bill 23-12 would also require the
County to maintain a website that includes certain information on requests submitted to the County
under the Maryland Public Information Act and the County's response to that request and require
the Chief Administrative Officer to report to the Council on the Executive Branch's compliance
with the Maryland Public Information Act.
The County is currently testing an open data website: data.montgomerycountvmd.gov. The goal of
this initiative is to' "increase public access to County data in an effort that supports government
transparency, openness and innovation. Montgomery County's departments and agencies publish
data on this website to provide County residents the ability to view, search, sort, filter, download or
build applications which access the County's high value data." Information currently on that website
include cable complaint data, election polling places, public school locations, and HHS facility