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State Watchdog Says Township’s Closed Session on Sewers Failed to ‘Err on Side of Transparency’

  In mid-September the Cheltenham Township board of commissioners held what appeared to be a routine executive session to discuss issues around the possible sale or divestiture of the sewer system.  The township is under pressure from the PA DEP to settle on a costly capital...
Posted On Oct 29 2015
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Montgomery County Launches Digital Platform to Follow the Dollars

Budget and financial information for Montgomery County just got a lot easier on the eye – and hopefully on the brain – for county residents who want to check up on how county government is keeping its fiscal house in order. The Montco Board of Commissioners at a press...
Posted On Jul 13 2015
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Gas Drillers Accused of Undue Influence in PA Government

A new study finds a 47 percent increase in campaign donations from the natural gas industry to PA politicians in the 2013-2014 election cycle over 2011-2012.  The sector contributed $2.8 million in 2013-14 and its lobbying expenditures in the state grew 13 percent to $17.9...
Posted On Apr 30 2015
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Corbett’s Decision on PA Open Records Chief Overdue

The woman responsible for guiding the framework of PA citizens’ right to know how their governments work is waiting on her boss, Gov. Tom Corbett.  Terry Mutchler, a lawyer and former award winning journalist who started work in 2009 as the commonwealth’s first...
Posted On Aug 07 2014
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Citizens to Government: ‘Open Sesame’ – at WHYY Tuesday Night

Want to learn more about goverments’ obligations to be open and transparent? Want to kow what documents are available and how you get them, especially when some influential folks might prefer that you kept your nose out of it? WHYY’s NewsWorks presents Open Records...
Posted On Mar 08 2013
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Stiffened Penalties in PA Sunshine Law a ‘Pleasant Surprise’

Taking seriously an important state law establishing the right of the public to be present when officials are doing the public’s business was thought to be a problem over the years. Especially when the top financial penalty for wrong-doing related to the PA Sunshine law was...
Posted On Jul 21 2011
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