Allegheny County legislator seeks to make changes to Sunshine Act

Ever wonder what local government does behind closed doors at open meetings? If so, a bill currently being reviewed by state representatives aims to bring more transparency to executive sessions.

The bill was introduced by state Rep. Rick Saccone, a Republican representing Allegheny and Washington counties.
“I talked to people around the state and there’s great support,” Saccone said Wednesday during a public hearing before the House State Government Committee. “Everyone seems to see the need to reform executive session.”

If House Bill 1671 is signed into law, it would amend the Sunshine Act, a law designed to guarantee public access to governmental agency meetings and deliberations. The bill is meant to deter local governmental bodies from holding executive sessions, or closed-door meetings, that don’t fall within the criteria of the Sunshine Act, according to Saccone. Continue>>>