State Government Senate Committee Advances Right to Know Reforms

HARRISBURG — Two bills to update Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Act, the key law governing transparency in state government, were passed today by the Pennsylvania Government Senate Committee. state, according to committee chairman Sen. David G. Argall (R-29).

“Every Pennsylvanian should have easy access to information about how their state government works,” said Senator Argall. “The committee worked all summer to find a bipartisan compromise to strengthen the Right to Know Act, and today’s votes are the result of those efforts.”

Senate Bill 492, sponsored by Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33), and House Bill 2524, sponsored by Representative Louis Schmitt (R-79), are now heading to the Senate for consideration .

The Senate State Government Committee held a public hearing in June on updates to the Right to Know Act that included testimony from various groups that would be affected by the changes, including the Pennsylvania News Media Association, local government groups, school boards, and the Office of Open Archives.

The committee also advanced Senate Bill 1292 by a unanimous, bipartisan vote of 11-0. This bill would prohibit a member of a county electoral board from serving as the state chairman of a political party. Senator Wayne Langerholc (R-35), the primary sponsor of the bill, introduced this proposal to remove a clear conflict of interest from our elections.

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