Open Records Law in Pennsylvania
"This is really a change in the culture of governance in Pennsylvania," said Barry Kauffman, director of Pennsylvania Common Cause. "In too many cases, employees and officials of government agencies had an attitude that they own the government records instead of just being the caretakers of the government records."
After many years of secrecy and obstruction of the public's rights to know about their government, the Pennsylvania legislature passed a new Open Records law in 2008. The law takes effect January 1, 2009. Many groups advocated for the law including: the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, Pennsylvania Freedom of Information Coalition, the League of Women Voters Pennsylvania, Democracy Rising PA, Rock the Capital and Common Cause Pennsylvania.
Record Tracker - Searchable data: Schools, crime and more
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Updated 8/2012, posted 12/2008 by Cynthia J. O'Hora, released to the public domain
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