Wednesday, February 06, 2008
PA House Delays Vote on FOI REform...
Pennsylvania House Republicans engineered a six-day delay Wednesday of a vote on a bill that would greatly expand what Pennsylvanians can learn about the actions of their state and local governments. Supporters of the delay said they needed time to make much-needed repairs to the bill, which passed the Senate unanimously a week earlier. "So much work has been invested in this bill, it would be a terrible shame that you would actually injure your constituents by moving forward with it as it is," said Rep. John Maher, R-Allegheny, who proposed the delay. It passed 100-98, with Republican House Speaker Dennis O'Brien the only representative to cross party lines in voting against the measure. Majority Leader Bill DeWeese, D-Greene, called the move a case of GOP obstructionism and "an obvious, obvious delaying tactic."