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A decades-old law is shielding the Wolf administration from scrutiny of its coronavirus response

Officials are routinely citing the law to deny public records requests, but legal experts say the state can be more transparent — if it wants.

By Aneri Pattani/Spotlight PA

Wolf lets bill on records access during disasters become law

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf announced late Sunday he will neither sign nor veto the legislation, which passed both legislative chambers unanimously.
By The Associated Press

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Updated: July 26, 2020 | 7:35 pm

In debate over the limits of government transparency during emergencies, Wolf to veto a bill passed unanimously by the legislature

Bill sponsor, transparency advocates urge governor to reconsider
By Benjamin Pontz

Some police departments say publicizing use-of-force policies builds trust. Others say the public can’t be trusted

Killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day heightens calls for transparency in how police in Pennsylvania are trained
By Joseph Darius Jaafari and Ed Mahon

Pa. Senate defends ‘legislative privilege’ claim, rejects appeal for redacted expense details

The chamber has so far blocked the release of details in official expense reports about who legislators and their staff met with and why.
By Sam Janesch/The Caucus

Pa. Senate officials scrub details from financial records, raising alarm among open records advocates

In documents turned over to The Caucus and Spotlight PA, Senate officials edited out spending information, making it appear as though it never existed
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA, Brad Bumsted/The Caucus and Sam Janesch/The Caucus

Pa. lawmakers black out details of why they spent tax dollars, claiming ‘legislative privilege’

Redactions in thousands of pages of financial records primarily concealed who legislators were meeting with and why
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA, Brad Bumsted/The Caucus and Sam Janesch/The Caucus
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