Information denied: State’s open-records law needs a big update

The Editorial Board | May 9, 2019, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvanians are guaranteed the “right to know” — unless they happen to want to know something from an unscrupulous someone.

That point was made when it was disclosed that the Philadelphia mayor deleted text messages — potential public records — for six months after a newspaper sought copies of the texts. And the state office that oversees the right-to-know law determined there was nothing to be done about the disappearing act.

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10 years later, Pa.’s open records law has improved access, but some say the law has its flaws

Jan Murphy | Friday, March 8, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

Whether they realize it or not, Pennsylvanians have experienced a new age of transparency and openness of their government over the past decade.

Under the overhauled state’s Right to Know Law that took effect on Jan. 1, 2009, access to millions of documents have been granted that shed light on activities of local and state government that previously were shielded from public view.

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