Friday, April 17, 2009

Pennsylvania Open Records Czar Rebuffed

An article published on April 11, 2009 in the Philadlephia Inquirer indicates the problems in Pennsylvania with the new open records law (SB 1 Act # 3 of the Laws of PA 2008 ) which I reported on to this forum on late in 2008 .

The article states, a Governor Rendell appointee says state agencies are on notice to ignore calls by open records czar Terry Mutchler. The new open records law which became effective in 2009 would cover marriage, divorce and death records. There are statutes protecting adoption records and birth records from disclosure and the new law does not supersede the existing statutes for these types of records.

I tried to post the url for the Philadelphia Inquirer article but the url was session specific. If you want to read the full article going to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to view it at: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09101/962196-454.stm

Jan Meisels Allen
Director, IAJGS and
Chairperson, Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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