Following Senate Bill 444's amendment to Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know law passing the state Senate, the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) recently urged members to contact their state representatives to ask them to pass the amendment in the House.
“Townships across Pennsylvania applaud our state senators for their unanimous passage of Senate Bill 444," David Sanko, theexecutive director of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, said. "This bill would amend the commonwealth’s Right-to-Know Law to maintain government transparency while addressing provisions that proved costly for local governments without adding value for residents."
The PSATS asked members to contact their representatives the week of Sept. 29 while they are in their home districts.
“Now, we urge members of the House to pass this bill quickly and send it to the governor’s desk for a signature,” Sanko said.
The Right-to-Know law protects citizens, public officials and media’s rights to access public records.
Some of the changes that would be made if the proposed amendment becomes law include allowing additional fees for commercial requests and a clarification that financial information is confidential and that certain tax documents are not public. The amendment would also limit the records that may be requested by inmates.