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I agree: Pennsylvania government is too open. Here is a top 10 list of ways to solve this vexing problem

Because the public’s desire for information about the government it pays for is clearly out of control, I feel like we need to do something to protect state officials and legislators. I have helpfully compiled the top 10 solutions to the problem of the public knowing anything about public officials in state government:

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An open records response you might not believe, from the Dept. of Pardon Me While My Head Explodes

A response by a central Pennsylvania school district to a simple open records request makes you wonder what century we’re living in.

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Draft budgets are public records

In a final determination issued June 22, the state Office of Open Records granted access to details of proposed budgets for school districts. According to the final determination: Pat Barget, of the South Eastern Tax Reform Coalition, requested a “copy … Continue reading

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HIPPA: The excuse for everything

Sorry for back-to-back posts about open records issues from the region, but a co-worker here at the YDR alerted me to this after reading my previous entry. In Luzerne County are under investigation for judges who sent kids to jail … Continue reading

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Don’t tweet at public meetings

The board that oversees public transportation in the  San Francisco Bay Area has drawn up rules that prohibit twittering, blogging or using cell phones at meetings. Why, you ask, would a board prohibit seemingly innocuous tweets? Click on the jump … Continue reading

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Keep track of booze online

There was a short item today on our Web site about two clubs that were charged with violating the state liquor law. If you’d like to keep track of any establishment that sells alcohol, you should check out an online … 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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Gun permit database = angry readers

The Commercial Appeal, a newspaper in Tennessee, recently published an online database of all the people who have gun permits in the state. The database, a public record available to anyone who wants it, included the name, street address and … Continue reading

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