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Posted October 21, 2016
Bylaws of the Association were last updated September of 2016 to revised Section 2 to allow active membership to news organization that are based in and focused on Maryland, Delaware or the District of Columbia, regardless of delivery platform. Organizations must use recognized standards of professional journalism and be principally devoted to the dissemination of local or general news. ... More

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Welcome to Montgomery Advocate, the student-run publication and website of Montgomery College's Rockville campus in Maryland.
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EPA Rule Eliminates Mandatory Newspaper Notice

Posted October 21, 2016 by Public Notice Resource Center
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced it was eliminating the mandatory requirement to provide newspaper notice of
permitting and other actions under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The rule requires notification on EPA’s new “National Public Notices Website” and allows other agencies that implement EPA-approved CAA programs to publish notices on their websites as well. ... More

MDDC Condemns Baltimore Mayor’s actions

Posted October 14, 2016
Earlier this week, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake barred WYPR reporter P. Kenneth Burns from all future briefings held after the Board of Estimates meetings. The MDDC Press Association strongly condemns Mayor Rawlings Blake’s action. The role of the press is critical to a strong democratic process. Barring reporters from events shows a willful disregard for informing Baltimore citizens about matters of public policy. Mayor Rawlings-Blake should not dismiss a reporter because she doesn’t like the questions being asked; being questioned on matters of policy is part and parcel of leading the city. Further, her allegations of consistently threatening and intimidating behavior are without merit, as Burns had not received any warnings or other indication that his behavior during his long-time coverage of city government was not appropriate. We respectfully ask that the ban on Mr. Burns be lifted immediately. ... More

Urge Congress to reform Postal Service

Posted October 14, 2016
Does your publication deliver by U.S. mail? Make sure your voice is heard as Congress considers reforms to the Postal Service. ... More

Strengthen Light in Maryland

Posted October 14, 2016
Maryland’s citizens have the right to know how government transacts business on their behalf. To help set this culture of openness, Maryland legislators created the Public Information Act in 1970, followed by the Open Meetings Act in 1977. There are two volunteer boards that provide an outlet for citizen complaints relating to these Acts and serve as an alternate or intermediate step before a dispute is taken to court. The Open Meetings Compliance board was refreshed with new board members in 2015, and issues non-binding advisory opinions. Members of the newly-created Public Information Act Compliance Board were appointed in Spring 2016. That board reviews complaints regarding fees over $350 for information under the Public Information Act. ... More
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