Amendments have been added to legislation concerning open government records in Pennsylvania, and some are displeased.
The amended bill “is a significant step in the wrong direction and would result in less access than the public has today,” said Tim Williams, Pennsylvania Newspaper Association president. Pennsylvania “would be the only state in the country that has such a broad e-mail exemption,” he added. (P-G, Tom Barnes)
The Busman has been exercised about changes to the “Sunshine Law” for some time. This is not good news for readers of the Comet who enjoy corruption.
Residents of something called “New Homestead” have been complaining about real-estate developers getting effective “carte blanche” to work exactly as they see fit, without proper oversight and enforcement, and despite numerous letters, 311 hotline calls, and community forums. You read now. (P-G, Rich Lord)
The Comet infers from this article that the members of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board went into their big meeting knowing one thing: they all wanted to give the Pittsburgh slots license to PITG Gaming, presumably for the same reasons outlined previously.
The rest of the decision-making was crazy. (Trib, Bumsted, Conte, & Reilly)
There’s our streetwise Hercules. (P-G, Edit Board)
The P-G and Timothy McNulty describe last night’s debate moderated by David Johnson as political “bloodsport.”
The Trib and Jeremy Boren say the candidates traded “partisan shots.”
The Burgher has assembled a list of video clips posted by WPXI. The selections as a group display a more civil, substantive, even Socratic discussion about the City of Pittsburgh — by both sides.
We highlight an exchange in clip #3, Sparring Over Nonprofits. The challenger won some laughs with this line:
If you think an RFP process is creative, Luke, you need to think again.
An RFP is a Request for Proposals. That is when you ask contractors or service providers to come up with their own ideas, and then select a winning bid.
No matter how “clear and transparent” an RFP process is, it very different from coming up with plans of one’s own — hopefully taking into account the city’s unique situation and some intangibles. DeSantis faulted the mayor for not showing “creativity” with the nonprofits.
We would have called it leadership.