Senate State Government Committee Schedules Second Hearing to Examine Open Records Law

HARRISBURG — The Senate State Government Committee will continue its review of proposed changes to the state’s Right-To-Know Law during a hearing on October 21, according to Committee Chairman Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-13).

Smucker said the hearing will continue to explore potential improvements to the law that are included in Senate Bill 444, legislation introduced earlier this year by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9). The committee began its public review of the legislation during a hearing on May 13.

Further examination of the legislation will help identify and address potential concerns and allow the committee to take prompt action on the bill this fall, Smucker said.

“The first hearing in May generated a number of helpful observations and suggestions that could help improve the law, particularly in terms of enforcement and closing potential loopholes that could be exploited,” Smucker said. “This hearing will allow for a thorough review of certain aspects of the law that were not covered during our meeting in May, including how the law should be applied to state-related universities.”

The committee is also expected to address provisions in Senate Bill 444 involving inmate access to public records.

The hearing will be held on October 21 at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building in Harrisburg.


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