Our View: Government transparency takes hit

The Pennsylvania Senateís passage last month of SB 444, amending the stateís Right to Know law, was far from a shining example of representative government working in the peopleís best interest.

The vote ó 50-0 ó was instead an inexcusable exercise favoring the government's interest over that of citizens' right to know, proving again that public transparency is the last thing on lawmakers'minds.

There are a few streamlining sops in the legislation ó which now goes to a House committee ó but they fail to ameliorate the bill's appalling downsides, among them eliminating the public's ability to hold government accountable when functions are outsourced ó in essence letting official agencies contract away your right to know. Continue>>>