FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. John Galloway
Galloway turning spotlight on Right-To-Know Law
Calls for full review Office of Open Record and online access to information
HARRISBURG, April 20 – State Rep. John Galloway has sent a memo to state House and Senate leadership requesting a full review of the Office of Open Records (memo attached).
"The process for obtaining information through the state's Right-To-Know Law should be reviewed from time to time to ensure information is accurate and up to date and that the process is easy for the public to navigate," said Galloway, D-Bucks. "The goal is to make Pennsylvania’s Open Records Law the best in the country."
The memo requests that the review focus on three things:
1. Data must be accurate. Inaccurate data is unacceptable.
2. Data must be provided in real time, online.
3. Data should be provided in a user-friendly format.
Galloway is also asking House and Senate leadership to place information covered in the Right-To-Know Law to be posted on a public website.
"The public should have quick and easy access to information deemed as public. The best way to accomplish this is by posting the information in real time in a user-friendly format on a public website," said Galloway.
Signed in February 2008 the state's Right-To-Know Law mandates that government agencies must presume a record is public and available for inspection or copying by the public. Previously, residents had to prove that a record was public and should be released before that could access it.