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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: September 16, 2021 11:37 AM
From: Representative Craig T. Staats
To: All House members
Subject: Transparency Update to the Disease Prevention and Control Act of 1955
The Disease Prevention and Control Act of 1955 currently provides, under Section 15 of the Act, a provision which allows the Department of Health to not release disease-related data.  Under Act 77 of 2020, this data is required to be treated as disclosable under the Right-to-Know Law during emergency declarations.  While the adoption of Act 77 of 2020 was a positive step to bring greater transparency into a very untransparent process, the emergency declaration for COVID-19 is over, but the Department of Health is still using this old and antiquated law to hide pertinent health information from the residents of Pennsylvania.
I will shortly be introducing legislation which repeals Section 15 of the Disease Prevention and Control Act of 1955 and replaces it with a simple provision that all disease information under this Act is under the Right-to-Know Law.  This ensures citizens have full access to government information while protecting the personal information of our citizens.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation to bring more transparency for our residents.

Introduced as HB1893