March 15, 2015
"The vast majority of elected officials now understand that government records should be easily accessible to citizens," said Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware, who sponsored the 2009 law. "That's a dramatic change in a very short period of time, and I think it's led to other disclosure and transparency provisions to move forward, such as the posting of state contracts and posting of financial information about the state."
Areas up for amendment include new restrictions on open records requests made by prison inmates, private review authority for the Office of Open Records in cases of disputed records, and greater disclosure requirements by "state-related" universities.
The discussion comes amid a legal battle playing out in Harrisburg between Erik Arneson, a Pileggi aide and former executive director of the Office of Open Records, and Governor Tom Wolf, who fired Arneson shortly after taking office.