Essential Pittsburgh
6:07 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

The Right To Know and Pennsylvania's Open Records Law

Where do we stand with PA's Right to Know law?
Where do we stand with PA's Right to Know law?
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Pennsylvania's open records law 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 Mary Wilson has written about tweaks to the law being proposed in the legislature, and those who have violated it.

Leah Samuel recently took an in depth look at the status of PA's open records law for PublicSource, including anecdotes from citizens who have been thwarted in their search for information.

Pennsylvania Office of Open Records Executive Director, Terry Mutchler says citizen requests should not be denied.

We discuss the limitations of the open records law, complications of enforcing it and the implications of the proposed changes.

Guests: Mary Wilson WESA State Capitol Correspondent, Leah Samuel PublicSource reporter, Terry Mutchler Executive Director of the PA Office of Open Records