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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — State Sen. Jamie Raskin’s attempt to put public officials’ financial disclosure forms online may face a roadblock.

House Environmental Matters Delegate Chairwoman Maggie McIntosh said Wednesday that she wants to work with the Montgomery County Democrat to make changes to the bill, but is not sure alterations can be made in the waning days of the General Assembly session.

The legislature is scheduled to adjourn on Monday.

McIntosh and others on the committee say they worry that the bill goes too far and would put important personal information online, leaving lawmakers susceptible to identity theft.

Maryland law currently requires people travel to Annapolis to review disclosure forms of elected officials.

McIntosh says she is open to removing a provision that county governments also put their disclosures on the Internet.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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