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Montgomery County will soon make its data more accessible to the public.

The County Council passed a bill Tuesday changing how the county collects and publishes data.

Sponsored by Councilman Hans Riemer, the bill seeks to make government more transparent through the publishing of relevant data on a new county website, including information requested under the Maryland Public Information Act.

Riemer (D-At large) of Takoma Park said his bill works with Maryland’s public information act, which provides residents with the right to view public information.

“This act is built on that foundation,” he said.

While his bill will not give the public additional rights, it will help the county share the information in more useful ways.

Included in the bill passed Tuesday was a requirement for the executive branch to draft an implementation plan for publishing the data.

Riemer and County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) will hold a news conference Wednesday, Dec. 5, to announce county efforts to improve government transparency, accessibility and efficiency in accordance with the bill.

The efforts include the launch of a new website, a social media platform to encourage community participation, a digital road map to guide service improvements using new technologies, and Council legislation.

kalexander@gazette.net