Monthly Archives: January 2010

Platts, health care reform and sunshine

Some members of Congress — Rep. Todd Platts, R-York County, among them — support forcing a vote on a bill that would make ongoing talks about health care reform open to the public. The bill notes a New York Times … Continue reading

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More on what agencies can/can’t charge you for documents

A recent court decision sets precedent that agencies can’t charge for staff time it takes to look for records, according to a lawyer for the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. The Pennsylvania Freedom of Information Coalition’s Kim de Bourbon weighed in, too. … Continue reading

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Twitter wins in Pa. ‘Bonusgate’ case

Defense lawyers in the ‘Bonusgate’ case told a judge they thought that tweets from the courtroom could change the testimony of sequestered witnesses, and they asked the judge to ban tweeting during the case. But on Monday, Dauphin County Judge … Continue reading

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For posterity — and for tracking promises — here’s Mayor Bracey’s inaugural address

Kim Bracey, York’s first black mayor, laid out nine initiatives in her 2,279-word address, and pledged to launch them in the first nine months of her administration. Her address is here.

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More open-records lawsuits against Obama than Bush

The Washington Post reports that 319 lawsuits have been filed against the Obama administration by people seeking public records — more than in either of President George W. Bush’s final two years in office. Lawsuits can be filed only after … Continue reading

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Counting people

Yesterday I received a letter in the mail from the folks at the Census office. It was a letter telling me to be aware another letter is coming. My address has been selected to fill out a survey. And they … Continue reading

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If an agency charges you staff time for a records request, you don’t have to pay

You shouldn’t have to pay for the time it takes an agency to fill an open records request — though some, if not many, agencies do try to charge for that time. The state’s open records office, though, issued a … Continue reading

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Webcast to assess whether FOIA is better under Obama

OMB Watch, a government accountability group, is putting on a webcast during which a panel will discuss whether President Obama has lived up to his pledge that his would be the most transparent administration in history. The webcast is 3 … Continue reading

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Crime victims find it hard to get repaid, but there might be hope

Many cime victims who are owed money never see it, because of a flawed and overwhelmed system — but the amount being collected annually in York County is rising. The county clerk’s office reported recently that it collected almost $11 … Continue reading

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In Allentown, not the usual open-records squabble

Officials in Allentown are fighting the release of e-mails and daily schedules for its mayor, Ed Pawlowski, and two cabinet members — but not for the reason you might expect. The Allentown Morning Call reports that the city doesn’t dispute … Continue reading

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