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Saturday, February 07, 2009

New Penn. Office of Open Records already overworked

Some citizens don't understand the purpose of the Office of Open Records and have requested help for things like getting the address of an old classmate. Despite some misunderstanding, the office is nevertheless busy sifting through appeals filed by citizens who have had records requests denied and providing "advisory opinions" on certain questions. Lawyers are also trying to "fine-tune the boundaries of Pennsylvania's new law."
As with anything new, Pennsylvania's fledgling Office of Open Records is experiencing some growing pains.

Created Jan. 1 as a result of last year's open-records reform legislation, the office has encountered some interesting cases in its first month of operation.

The challenges include navigating the road between the public's right to know and what people just want to know.
More here.

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