Court Ruling Jeopardizes Open Records Rights

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When the government does business, and there’s no valid reason to keep it from the public (usually privacy or security), shouldn’t that information be public? PA’s open records law attempted to make headway on this problem, but a recent court ruling puts the burden of proof back on citizens, jeopardizing our rights.

In June, Debra Krysicki of White Haven, Pa., asked for a state record that would show who had filed a complaint about her 2-year-old boxer, Fritzie. The Department of Agriculture denied her request.

When she appealed, the state Office of Open Records dismissed her appeal outright.

Krysicki said the notice of dismissal was full of legal jargon she didn’t understand…

In April, a three-judge Commonwealth Court panel agreed. The judges said the law didn’t require citizens to prove a record should be public – merely to “identify flaws in an agency’s decision to deny a request.”


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