Right-to-Know law http://wesa.fm en For State-Related Schools, Open Records Chief Sees (Sun) Light Ahead http://wesa.fm/post/state-related-schools-open-records-chief-sees-sun-light-ahead <p>A recent state court ruling is forcing the issue of transparency at one of Pennsylvania's four state-related universities.<br><br>Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln universities are largely exempt from the commonwealth's 5-year-old open records law providing public access to government information. It was for that very reason that the Office of Open Records dismissed an appealed records request filed by Ryan Bagwell.<br> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 11:28:47 +0000 Mary Wilson 13583 at http://wesa.fm As House Eyes Transparency Law Changes, Agency Chief Urges Caution http://wesa.fm/post/house-eyes-transparency-law-changes-agency-chief-urges-caution <p>The head of the state's open records agency is urging lawmakers to proceed with caution as they propose changes to the measure that created the office.</p><p>The 5-year-old Right-to-Know law could be in for some considerable tweaks. An effort is already underway in the Senate to address well-documented problems with the law, which governs public access to government information and records.</p><p>Office of Open Records Director Terry Mutchler said she's concerned the approach taken by the House could compromise Pennsylvania's Right-to-Know law in the spirit of improving it.</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:40:57 +0000 Mary Wilson 13323 at http://wesa.fm State-Related Universities Raise Concerns Over Transparency Proposals http://wesa.fm/post/state-related-universities-raise-concerns-over-transparency-proposals <p>One key question at the heart of a push for more transparency at Pennsylvania’s four state-related universities may keep legislative proposals in park for some time.<br><br>Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln are all largely exempt from the state’s open records law, while Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities are held to the standard.<br><br>Proposals to get rid of the exemption have been proposed in the House and Senate. The universities have raised concerns or outright opposition to the plans.<br> Tue, 28 May 2013 01:26:09 +0000 Mary Wilson 10292 at http://wesa.fm The Right To Know and Pennsylvania's Open Records Law http://wesa.fm/post/right-know-and-pennsylvanias-open-records-law <p></p><p>Pennsylvania's <a href="http://openrecords.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/open_records/4434/citizens%E2%80%99_guide/487947">open records law</a> went into effect in 2009, ideally making it possible for citizens to easily search government records. But some say it hasn't made good on its promise of accessibility. WESA Capitol Correspondent <a href="http://wesa.fm/people/mary-wilson"><strong>Mary Wilson</strong></a> has written about <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/open-records-debate-case-being-less-business-friendly">tweaks to the law</a> being proposed in the legislature, and <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/open-records-chief-calls-charter-schools-scofflaws">those who have violated it</a>.</p><p><strong>Leah Samuel</strong> recently took <a href="http://publicsource.org/investigations/right-know-or-right-no">an in depth look</a> at the status of PA's open records law for PublicSource, including anecdotes from citizens who have been thwarted in their search for information.</p><p><a href="http://openrecords.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/open_records/4434">Pennsylvania Office of Open Records</a> Executive Director, <strong>Terry Mutchler</strong> says citizen requests should not be denied. Fri, 24 May 2013 22:07:40 +0000 Heather McClain 10181 at http://wesa.fm The Right To Know and Pennsylvania's Open Records Law In Open Records Debate, a Case for Being Less Business-Friendly http://wesa.fm/post/open-records-debate-case-being-less-business-friendly <p>The same senator who sponsored legislation creating the 5-year-old Office of Open Records has drafted revisions to the state's Right-to-Know law - the "most critical" proposed change being one that would keep commercial users from exploiting the law on the cheap.<br><br>Local government officials have said for years the passage of the Right-to-Know law has resulted in a tidal wave of records requests.<br> Tue, 14 May 2013 10:34:06 +0000 Mary Wilson 9500 at http://wesa.fm