Please tell me what I’m not seeing in the following mystifying situation:
During a public meeting, a borough councilman reads into the record a statement about an audit.
A resident asks for a copy of the statement.
The councilman says he has to check “to see whether he could legally hand over the statement he read,” according to a story in the Beaver County Times, because some audit info can be exempt under the right-to-know law.
Excuse me, but: HE READ IT INTO THE RECORD AT A PUBLIC MEETING. He made it public just by doing that. (About two weeks later, the paper reports, the councilman released the letter.)
Why do so many people squirm so much when dealing with the open-records law? Why do so many in Pennsylvania government still believe that a record is private unless a lawyer assures them it’s public? Just wondering.