A new State Decoded site launched today: Maryland Decoded. A project of the OpenGov Foundation, they’re doing some innovative stuff on the still-under-development platform. For instance, they’re crowd-sourcing “catch lines”—the titles that most states apply to their laws. Maryland does not have catch lines, so instead of having a law titled “Murder in the First Degree,” they simply have GCR § 2-201. Solution? Anybody can suggest a catch line, and they’ll build up their own catch lines, gradually.
Every state presents its own set of challenges and opportunities. The OpenGov Foundation is capitalizing on the opportunities to overcome the challenges and helping to improve The State Decoded for those who will follow in their path.