FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Eugene DePasquale
DePasquale renews call for expansion of open records law
Bill would add state-related schools
HARRISBURG, July 12 – State Rep. Eugene DePasquale, D-York, said he commends Louis Freeh on his investigation into the child abuse scandal and related alleged cover-up at Penn State University.
"It is completely disheartening to learn just how deep and long this information was known and nothing was done. The most powerful people failed to take the steps to help and prevent these abuse victims," DePasquale said. "This report is damning, and displays how important it is that transparency become permanent.
"I am renewing my call to end the open records exemption for state-related universities. These institutions are simply too closely related to Pennsylvania's well-being to be left out of the Right-to-Know Law. We should not need a full-blown investigation such as the Freeh report to have access to public records," DePasquale said.
Earlier this session, DePasquale introduced H.B. 2051, which 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.