Terry Mutchler http://wesa.fm en Five Years After A Major Change, How Open Is Pennsylvania's Open Records Law? http://wesa.fm/post/five-years-after-major-change-how-open-pennsylvanias-open-records-law <p>Five years ago, Pennsylvania’s open records law was changed with the promise of ensuring more information would be more easily available to the public.</p><p>Records requests have gone up, and the new law is seen, overall, as a positive for the commonwealth, but open records officials and some people who use the law see room for improvement.&nbsp;</p><p>Before the change in the open records law, all records were presumed closed unless the requester could prove why they should be open. Now, with the new law, all records are presumed open unless the requestee can prove otherwise. This has resulted in a spike in requests from across the commonwealth.</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 25755 at http://wesa.fm Five Years After A Major Change, How Open Is Pennsylvania's Open Records Law? Top Openly Gay State Official Denounces Corbett's Same-Sex Marriage Remarks http://wesa.fm/post/top-openly-gay-state-official-denounces-corbetts-same-sex-marriage-remarks <p>Pennsylvania state government&#39;s top-ranking openly gay official says she&#39;s saddened by Gov. Tom Corbett&#39;s comments about gay marriage.<br /><br />&quot;I work for a governor that, I believe, has done a great disservice to the commonwealth,&quot; said Terry Mutchler, head of the Office of Open Records, veering from her typical talking points about government transparency in a speech she gave to archivists and historians Monday.<br /> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:49:58 +0000 Mary Wilson 17802 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