PA governor allows government transparency legislation to become law

Despite opposing a bill he rebuked as “foolish” and “thoughtless,” Governor Tom Wolf let House Bill 2463 become law without his signature on Sunday. The bill passed unanimously in the state house and senate earlier this month.

The bill would require state agencies to respond to RTK requests with procedures established by the Office of Open Records even if the agency’s physical location has been closed due to an emergency.

Governor Wolf initially vocalized an intention to veto the bill, stating he believed it did not contain enough safety precautions for the health and safety of employees. In response, state legislators vocalized their disagreements. (read more)