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Senate approves open records bill |

Senate approves open records bill

| Wednesday, November 28, 2007 12:00 a.m

HARRISBURG — By a 49-1 vote, the state Senate today approved a bill aimed at strengthening Pennsylvania’s 1957 open records law.

The bill establishes an open records clearinghouse to handle requests for state and local government records and speeds up the time in which agencies must respond.

“Openness restores trust in government,” said Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware County, the bill’s sponsor.

The lone vote against the bill came from Sen. Vincent Fumo, D-Philadelphia. Fumo has said he opposed it because it did not go far enough.

Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Highland Park, who said yesterday he opposed the bill because it was too weak, voted for it today.

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