PA Legislature Considers Changes to State’s Right-to-Know Law


A proposal to make changes to Pennsylvania’s 2008 Right-to-Know Law would include limits on access by inmates and authorize the Office of Open Records to review documents in private to see whether they should be released, reports the Associated Press. The 22-page bill introduced by Sen. Dominic Pileggi, the Republican floor leader, would permit agencies to impose fees for commercial use of records, allow government to block “unduly burdensome” requests and exempt volunteer fire and rescue companies.

The proposal represents a first step as lawmakers consider revisions to the law that controls the public’s ability to get government information and records. The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association supports some elements but has concerns about others. Pileggi’s proposal would bring under the law economic and industrial development authorities. It would provide more detail about what must be disclosed from 911 center call logs.

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