As difficult as it is to get important records, Pennsylvania is preparing to limit Right-to-Know information or Public Information requests
“The Issue: Legislators consider modifying Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.
Our Opinion: Any changes should not make it more difficult for the public to access its records.
It took decades for the Pennsylvania Legislature to develop a Right-to-Know Law that was worthy of its name. Now that it has been in place for nearly five years, it is reasonable for lawmakers to want to fine-tune the measure.
After all, the statute has had some consequences that never were intended, such as the inordinate number of requests that have been made by prison inmates, many of which have nothing to do with the charges that were filed against those prisoners.
And it is an excellent idea to expand the scope of the open-records law so that it applies to the state-related universities – Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln – that receive…
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