Category Archives: Open Government

To Foil FOIA, Corbett’s Staff Deletes Files and Calendars

Hoping to foil reporters seeking information under the commonwealth’s Right-to-Know law, a Corbett administration memo instructs employees to “carefully consider” what information they place in their digital calendars and regularly “purge” them of “transitory” information. IE, if you’ve met with … More after the jump

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New Sunlight Law Has Created New Clouds

Attorney Paul Wright of Seattle-based Prison Legal News was stunned when he filed a right-to-know request with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and was told the department didn’t have the information he sought. Wright wanted records on lawsuit settlements. The … More after the jump

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Open Records Czar Faults Rendell for Blocking Access

The Rendell administration appears to be going out of its way to block public access to government documents. At least that is the impression left on the state’s new open-records czar. Terry Mutchler, executive director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Public … More after the jump

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House GOP looks at Ethics Reform

House Republicans on Monday proposed a package of ethical reforms for state government including limits on staff campaigning and use of nonprofit organizations by public officials — activities that figured into high-profile criminal prosecutions of Democrats in the Legislature. “The … More after the jump

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Activist sues PA Ethics Commission

Gene Stilp wanted the state Ethics Commission to investigate whether House leaders used $290,000 in state money for political polls. Instead, Mr. Stilp is the one who wound up under investigation. While the commission dismissed his complaint against former state … More after the jump

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What’s Your Legislator Saying to Lobbyists? Don’t Try to Find Out

Via John Micek: The AP reports this morning that appeals officers for the state House and Senate think that Magnifying-glass Pennsylvania’s new Right-to-Know Law does not give the public the right to review correspondence between lawmakers and lobbyists. On Tuesday, … More after the jump

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