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Pennsylvania Legislature Approves Landmarks Records Law Reform

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Pennsylvania’s legislature has approved, and the governor committed to sign, a landmark overhaul of the state’s 51-year-old public records law, considered one of the worst in the nation. The new law establish a presumption that government records are public and puts the burden on a public official who wants to withhold information to show otherwise. It also creates an Office of Open Records to hear disputes over requests for records denied by municipalities, school boards, county officials and the executive branch of state government. (2/14/08)