Requests from inmates overwhelm Pa. open records system

From NewsWorks.org: Proposed revisions to Pennsylvania’s open records law appear to require more fine-tuning as lawmakers attempt to address a surging number of requests from prison inmates.

State prisoners are among the most frequent filers when it comes to seeking documents under the state’s open records law with the number of requests rising steadily since 2009. Proposed legislation calls for limiting the scope of those requests.

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Pa. Senate leader proposes open records law rework

From NewsWorks.org:

The Republican leader in the Pennsylvania Senate is taking the wraps off a wide set of proposed changes to the state Right-to-Know Law.

Sen. Dominic Pileggi’s 22-page bill introduced Friday includes limits on access by inmates and new authority for the Office of Open Records to review documents in private to see if they should be released.

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Panel upholds Utah prisons’ records policy for inmates

From Daily Herald:

SALT LAKE CITY — A state panel upheld a new policy by the Utah Department of Corrections that limits the number of documents it provides free of charge to inmates.

However, prisons must find a way for inmates to review records they can't afford to have copied, the panel said.

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