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State Rep. Eugene DePasquale
DePasquale: Expand open records law to include state-related schools
HARRISBURG, Dec. 13 – State Rep. Eugene DePasquale, D-York, said at a news conference in Harrisburg today that he has introduced legislation to update Pennsylvania's Right-to-Know Law to include state-related universities.
"Due to the recent exposure of alleged events at Penn State University, I find it imperative that our Right-To-Know Law be amended to include state-related institutions, including Penn State," DePasquale said.
House Bill 2051 would require state-related institutions, including Penn State, Temple University, University of Pittsburgh and Lincoln University to abide by guidelines for Commonwealth agencies as set forth in Act 3 of 2008, Pennsylvania's Right-To-Know Law.
"Something so integral to the state's wellbeing as our state-related higher education institutions should surely fall under the same provisions as our Commonwealth agencies," DePasquale said. "We must hold these entities accountable for their actions and ensure that the activities of those associated with these organizations are legal, ethical and moral."
DePasquale said this legislation will further the mission of providing the public with transparency and allow for the monitoring of not only the actions of Pennsylvania government, but also those organizations affiliated with it.
"We as legislators must protect the interests of the residents of the Commonwealth and their investment in the future of Pennsylvania," DePasquale said.
Attn. Media: A brief summary of the history of Pennsylvania's open records law is available.
CONTACT: Sara L. Surra