Public-records group honors advocates at luncheon; tickets available

You can still get tickets to hear Mark Bowden, national correspondent for Atlantic Monthly and author of “Black Hawk Down,” speak at the Pennsylvania Freedom of Information Coalition’s luncheon in Philadelphia honoring two open records advocates.

 Go here to reserve online. Tickets are $75 for the PaFOIC’s first fund-raising event. The group describes itself as being “dedicated to helping citizens obtain public information from their local and state governments.”

 The honorees are:

  • state Sen. Dominic Pileggi, a Republican who represents parts of Chester and Delaware counties, who was the main sponsor for the bill that became the state’s new right-to-know law.
  • Keith Knauss of Kennett Square, who was one of the first people to use the new law and the appeals process as he sought information on construction spending in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District. He is now on the school board there.

“Our intention is to recognize individuals who have worked hard to make sure public records stay in the hands of the public,” said Gayle C. Sproul, president of the PaFOIC board of directors, in a news release. “Sen. Pileggi and Mr. Knauss have been exceptional in their service to the public’s interest of open government.”

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2 Responses to Public-records group honors advocates at luncheon; tickets available

  1. Justin M says:

    Cool, thanks for sharing! Are you planning to go?

  2. Would love to (especially to hear Bowden) but can’t because of other commitments, unfortunately. Let me know if you get there, though.

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