Pennsylvanians who have lobbied long and hard for a law ensuring broad access to state records should expect such a proposal to make it to Gov. Ed Rendell's desk this fall, the Senate majority leader says.
"It's been my objective to have that bill passed in the Senate before we leave this fall," Republican Sen. Dominic Pileggi said in an interview with the New Era's editorial board on Thursday.
"I was hoping to get it passed in the month of October. It might bleed into early November. I'm optimistic that once we get the bill through the Senate that the House — I've been in touch with members of the House — will take the bill up quickly so we can get it onto the governor's desk," Pileggi said.
Rendell, who met with the New Era last October before his re-election, said he would support an open-records law that presumes all records held by agencies — including the Legislature — are available to the public. "I agree with that," he said.
Members of both parties in the Republican-controlled Senate say the meaningful reform of the open-records law is at the top of the agenda when they return.