Monday, March 12, 2007

PA open records law?

This item in today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette may be of passing interest to a few people here ;-). Quoting the article:
[Governor Rendell's] office, with the help of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, is drafting an open-records proposal that would apply to every level of government, including departments, municipalities and courts.

"The presumption will be that records of the government are citizens' records," said Donna Cooper, Mr. Rendell's policy director. "If a record is not going to be released, there has to be a clear personal-security or public-security reason."

The burden would be on the government to prove the record should not be released.

That's a shift from the current law, which requires the requester to prove a record is public.

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