Senate Leaders: Supreme Court Ruling Victory for Government Transparency

(HARRISBURG) – Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) have issued the following statement regarding today’s Supreme Court ruling on the independence of the Office of Open Records:

Today’s Supreme Court ruling is a tremendous victory for ensuring government transparency and accountability in our Commonwealth.  This case was originally filed in an effort to uphold the intent of the Open Records Law and establish a definitive independence between the Office of the Governor and the Office of Open Records.

“The outcome of this case is an important victory for government transparency and an important reminder to the Governor of the legislature’s role. At the same time, it is disappointing that Governor Wolf spent such a significant amount of time and resources trying to prevent the independence of the Office.

“Despite being faced with enormous adversity, Erik Arneson has served as an outstanding Executive Director of the Office of Open Records and should be commended for his resounding work ethic on behalf of the people of Pennsylvania.  I am fully confident that Erik will fulfill the remainder of his six-year term with drive and dedication.”

 

CONTACT:

Drew Crompton – Senator Scarnati (717) 787-7084

Jenn Kocher – Senator Corman (717) 787-1377