Monthly Archives: March 2009

Closing a loophole

York Township supervisors will no longer be able to e-mail each other with impunity. The state Office of Open Records ordered the township to archive all supervisors’ e-mail after a resident’s request for e-mails had to be turned down because … Continue reading

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Black highlighter

Are you interested in a list of government employees investigated for fraud, kickbacks, hacking governement computers and buglary? Yes?

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Two more York County appeals

There are dozens of appeal determinations on the Office of Open Records Web site. Two more are from York County. If you will remember, two Shrewsbury Township residents were the first in the state to visit the open records office … Continue reading

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24 cents too much?

The state Office of Open Records set the rate for copies at 25 cents per page for most documents, with higher fees for things such as certified copies. Warren Bulette, a resident of the York Suburban School District, recently paid … Continue reading

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Closed to the public

Oh, how I love irony! Good thing, because those of us who work with public records sure do run into it a lot. I don’t know what you are doing on this fine Sunday afternoon, but if you are in … Continue reading

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How much can we know about CAFOs?

In today’s paper and online, staff writer Eugene Paik reports on how the state’s Department of Environmental Protection regulates and inspects concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs — and the opinion of some that the state’s not doing enough. That … Continue reading

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Battle to get a budget

Some of Shrewsbury Township’s supervisors have been grumpy about the state’s new open records law. They say residents are abusing it, creating too much work for office staff. They are also unhappy with the 25 cents per-page fee, saying it … Continue reading

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Follow the stiumulus money

Almost all the states have set up Web sites that allow us to track how the federal stimulus bill is being spent. Pennsylvania’s Web site is up and running, and you can drill down to see spending by county. There … Continue reading

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Is this for real? And can it actually work?

New U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder issued his memo to federal agencies instructing them how to deal with the federal Freedom of Information Act. It echoes President Obama’s directive, issued shortly after he took the oath, that stressed records should … Continue reading

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Open records office director weighs in on new law

Terry Mutchler, executive director of the state’s first open records office, wrote a commentary that’s on the Pennsylvania Freedom of Information Coalition’s Web site. She says Pennsylvania is among few states that have an open records office with binding decision-making … Continue reading

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