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PSATS Testifies on Changes Needed to the Right-to-Know Law

Saturday July 20th, 2013

On July 17, PSATS Assistant Executive Director Elam Herr testified before the House State Government Committee on the need to amend Pennsylvania's Right-to-Know Law.

The goal is to address the many challenges townships are facing and provide comments on several RTKL bills that are currently before the committee. Herr testified in support of several bills, including the following:

  • HR 100 (PN 816), which would direct the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a comprehensive review of the fiscal impact on state and local government agencies regarding the implementation of the Right-to-Know Law;
  • HB 1087 (PN 1333) and HB 1476 (PN 1928), which would assess fees on companies requesting information to benefit commercial business enterprises; and
  • HB 1093 (PN 1319), which would exempt employee’s addresses from disclosure.

The committee also heard from the state Office of Open Records, other municipal associations, the media, and a private citizen about their experiences making and fulfilling requests under the law.

Click here to read PSATS' testimony.