Pa. open-records bill shielding addresses heads to state House

    The Pennsylvania Senate is approving legislation that would make about 30 changes to the state’s open records law, including a provision that would shield the addresses of lawmakers or employees of local or state governments.

    The bill passed unanimously and is headed to the House of Representatives.

    The sponsor, Sen. Dominic Pileggi, says the bill has the support of representatives of district attorneys, municipalities and the state Office of Open Records. The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association opposes it.

    Pileggi opposed the amendment that would bar disclosure of the addresses of lawmakers and all government employees. Other provisions would make changes to the handling of records requests from profit-seeking entities, inmates and parties in court proceedings.

    It also would shield records of volunteer ambulance, fire and rescue companies.

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