How Open Records law would have stopped sex abuse sooner at Penn State

Opinion from Poynter:

The Freeh report on the Jerry Sandusky Penn State sex abuse scandal makes many recommendations on how the whole rotten mess might be avoided in the future, including transforming the very culture of the university. Sadly, the report fails to recommend a tangible key change that might have exposed the problems and protected children years ago.

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Pa. SC: Records for private companies can be public

From Legal Newsline

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that private companies — more specifically, those operating for "public benefit" — can be required to make their records public under the state's Right-to-Know Law.

In particular, the disclosure of any written concessionaire bids is required under the recently revamped law, the Court said in its May 29 ruling.

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Court rules Pa. records requests need not be perfect

From The Beaver County Times

Public-records requests filed under Pennsylvania's Right to Know Law need not cite the law or satisfy other technicalities so long as they include the requester's name and address and enough information for government agencies to identify the records being sought, an appellate court panel ruled Monday.

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Court rules Pa. records requests must be considered

From York Daily Record:

HARRISBURG, Pa.—Public-records requests filed under Pennsylvania's Right to Know Law need not cite the law or satisfy other technicalities so long as they include the requester's name and address and enough information for government agencies to identify the records being sought, an appellate court panel ruled Monday.

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Lancaster County’s right-to-know policy may change

From Lancaster Online:

Lancaster County commissioners are scheduled to vote Wednesday on an updated right-to-know policy. The proposed policy varies only slightly from the current policy, but there are some changes and additions that formalize current practices not listed anywhere by the county, according to Crystal Clark, county solicitor.

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