The newspaper said in its lawsuit that the agency "routinely ignores" requests for public documents and demands excessive fees for records.
The lawsuit asks for a judgment and injunction. It does not seek monetary damages. It claims that the department ignored seven requests to see records, in some cases for longer than a year.
An attorney for the newspaper said Maryland's Public Information Act requires prompt responses to requests for information and directs that a "reasonable" fee be charged for copies of documents.