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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Pennsylvania Bill Nearly Ready...But A Long Way From What It Was...

In a marathon session, the Pennsylvania House has put the finishing touches on an open records bill.

The debate over nearly 13 hours disposed of nearly 100 amendments. Democrats successfully fought back Republican-led attempts to delay consideration of the freedom-of-information bill. A final House vote is expected in mid-November.

The bill now barely resembles what was introduced early this year by freshman Representative Tim Mahoney, a Fayette County Democrat. But it does have what's known as the "flip of presumption." That means if it becomes law government records will be presumed open to public inspection unless there's a specific reason for secrecy.

Coverage here.

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