The AAIWG is a public body created by Executive Order of the Governor. Under Maryland’s Open Meetings Act (Maryland Code Annotated, General Provisions Article §§ 3-101 through 3-501), the general public is entitled to attend meetings of the AAIWG. Meetings shall be held in a location that is reasonably accessible to individuals who would like to attend and observe open sessions of the AAIWG.
Although the AAIWG typically meets in open session, there may be certain circumstances, as outlined in §3-305 of the General Provisions Article, where the AAIWG may move into a closed session. In the event that a closed session is required, only the voting members of the AAIWG, counsel, and other staff as needed shall remain in the meeting.
Members of the public may be permitted to address the AAIWG on any item on a meeting agenda. Members of the public may not request to add items to the agenda. Any member of the public who wants to provide testimony on any item listed on the meeting agenda must provide notice to the Co-Chairs of the AAIWG in advance of the meeting by sending an email to AAIWG.MEMA@maryland.gov.
An individual attending an open session may not engage in conduct that disrupts the session or interferes with the right of members of the public to attend and observe the session. This includes but is not limited to visual demonstrations, such as the display of placards, signs, or banners, and verbal outbursts from attendees not recognized by one of the Co-Chairs to participate in the session. The Co-Chairs may order an individual who disrupts the session to be removed from the meeting.
Individuals who would like to attend an open session and require the assistance of an interpreter must notify the AAIWG in writing or by telephone at least five (5) days prior to the scheduled meeting so that the AAIWG may determine the feasibility of providing an interpreter.
Meeting notices, agendas, and minutes will be posted and maintained on this page.
Aug. 25, 2021
|AAIWG Agenda August 25 2021|
May 12, 2021
|MD AAIWG Meeting Agenda 05.12.2021 – Google Docs||MD AAIWG APPRVD Meeting Minutes 051221|
March 31, 2021
|AAIWG March 2021 Agenda||MD AAIWG APPRVD Meeting MINUTES 03.31.2021 – Google Docs||N/A|
Maryland Public Information Act Requests
The Maryland Public Information Act (Maryland Code Annotated, General Provisions Article, §§4-101 through 4-601) gives the public the right to review and obtain copies of public records. A “public record” is defined as “the original or any copy of any documentary material that is made by a unit or an instrumentality of the State or of a political subdivision or received by the unit or instrumentality in connection with the transaction of public business.” §4-101(j) of the General Provisions Art., Maryland Code Annotated. The record may be in any form, including but not limited to: a card, computerized record, correspondence, drawing, film or microfilm, form, map, photograph or photostat, recording, or tape.
The Attorney General of Maryland publishes the Maryland Public Information Act Manual that serves as a comprehensive resource for members of the press and public seeking access to information and for government officials seeking to meet their responsibilities under the Act. See Appendix E of the Manual for a copy of the law.
Making a Request
To review or obtain public records received or maintained by the AAIWG, you must make a written request by:
Completing and submitting the AAIWG’s electronic form; or
Mailing a written request to the AAIWG, with the following information:
- U.S. Street Address
- City, State, and ZIP
- Telephone Number
- Email Address
- Specific Records Requested
Submit the request to:
Attn: Ed McDonough
AAIWG Public Information Act Representative
5401 Rue Saint Lo Drive
Reisterstown, MD 21136