The Publics Right to Know
The effective functioning of a free government like ours depends largely on the force of an informed public opinion. This calls for the widest possible understanding of the quality of government service rendered by all elective or appointed public officials or employees. Justice Black, Barr v. Matteo Printer version
All federal agencies are generally required under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to disclose records, requested in writing, by any person. However, agencies may withhold information that falls within nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the statute.
This is not only a federal issue. Many states and commonwealths have Right to Know laws. Pennsylvania's House of Representatives thwarts efforts to find out information about their spending by making the processes exceedingly onerous. Pa. legislators shut door on 'open government'. http://www.yorkdispatch.com/features/sunshineweek/ci_00012761958
"The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy; the best weapon of a democracy is openness." Edvard Teller
* Pennsylvania's open records law has been ranked as one of the worst in the country - Pennsylvania Newspaper Association
posted 9/2006, utd 3/09 In the spirit of Thomas Paine - released to public domain by Cynthia J. O'Hora
Aligned with the following Pa
Academic Standards - Reading, Writing Speaking, History, Civics and
Government, Mathematics, Civics, Science and Technology
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