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Thursday, December 06, 2007

PA closer to a real FOI law...

The Pennsylvania statehouse could be the scene of real FOI reform...or not. It seems too close to call from here, so I'll take you to the coverage, here. And here. The good news? They're working on it hard. The bad news? When the House started debating the legislation Wednesday, 40 new amendments had been introduced to muddy the message.

After several weeks of maneuvering, there is now only one major difference between the two competing bills. The House bill includes language that asserts that all legislative and executive records, plus financial records for the judicial branch, should be presumed to be open. That means the impetus would be placed on the government to keep records closed, as opposed to the current system in which the public must often fight to see public records.

This would be a major, major improvement, in its current form. But watch those amendments...

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