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Dominic Pileggi
Pennsylvania considers changes to landmark public access law

Pennsylvania's open records law has been hailed as a major success since its current version came into being six years ago, but some argue it's time to pop the hood and tinker with the landmark legislation. The law has kept the courts busy, and the Office of Open Records that it established has made about 11,000 rulings in cases where agencies have turned down requests for government records. There are at least seven bills pending in the Legislature to amend the Right-to-Know Law, among them a handful of proposals that worry open records advocates. Pennsylvania had ranked among the worst states when it came to giving people access to government records and information, but then...

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