Government records harder to get in Pennsylvania


HARRISBURG – A Northeastern Pennsylvania woman wants to restore her dog's reputation. A man wants to ferret out corruption in his borough south of Pittsburgh. What do they have in common?

A recent court case makes it harder for them to look at government records.


Critics say a recent court decision makes it harder for the typical citizen to fight City Hall—or the state, or the local sewer authority—when it comes to obtaining government records. Open-records advocates say the ruling has rendered the process so burdensome as to turn on its head the assumption that government agencies have the burden to prove why a record should be shielded from public view.

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