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Pennsylvania Senate Unanimously Approves New Records Law

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The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously approved a bill to revise the state’s public records laws, long considered by open government advocates to be one of the worst in the country. The bill goes back to the House which earlier approved a different version of the legislation. Importantly, the bill provides that all government records are public unless exempted by law. It also creates an Office of Open Records with an independent director and staff. It would take effect next year. (1/31/08)