In most of Pa., autopsy reports for those who die in jail are public. But not Philly & Alle. Co.

BY: - March 17, 2022

The records are now out of public view. But it wasn't always this way. Lawmakers exempted the two counties in 2018.


This week is Sunshine Week. Here’s how you can shine the light on government | Opinion

BY: - March 14, 2022

This Sunshine Week, perhaps more than any other, highlights the necessity of accountability in government at every level.

Attorneys for Equity Forward, Real Alternatives make their arguments in court over open records

BY: - March 7, 2022

“This is not DHS’s money,” Voss, of Philadelphia-based Kleinbard LLC, told the court, noting that service providers are free to use state grant funding however they please, including by giving it back to Real Alternatives, if they choose.

Court date set for watchdog group, anti-abortion group in years-long battle for records

BY: - February 27, 2022

Oral arguments in the case pitting watchdog and reproductive rights group Equity Forward against Real Alternatives, a Harrisburg-based contractor that’s received tens of millions of dollars in public funding, are set to begin March 7 in Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court.


New Pa. law imposes tougher public meeting requirements | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 7, 2021

Municipalities, school boards must now post agendas no later than than 24 hours before the start of a public meeting


What the change at the Pa. Open Records Office means | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - January 16, 2021

The Wolf administration announced this week that it had nominated Liz Gerloff-Wagenseller to run the Pa. Office of Open Records, replacing current director Erik Arneson.

Arneson out as Pa. open records chief. Wolf appoints senior DePasquale aide to replace him

BY: - January 11, 2021

(*This story was updated at 7:50 a.m. on 1/12/21 to include comment from the Wolf administration) Gov. Tom Wolf has tapped a senior aide to state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to run the state’s Office of Open Records. Liz Gerloff Wagenseller will replace current open records chief Erik Arneson, whose six-year term expires this Wednesday. […]


It’s Sunshine Week in Pa.: Here’s how we’ve been helping to shine a light on government | Opinion

BY: - March 13, 2019

The Right-to-Know Law is perfect. It’s strong, but it can be stronger