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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: August 2, 2023 01:03 PM
From: Representative Louis C. Schmitt, Jr.
To: All House members
Subject: Consolidation of the Right-to-Know Law into the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes
Please join me as a co-sponsor of legislation to consolidate the Right-to-Know Law into the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.
This legislation would move the Right-to-Know Law’s statutory language from the current freestanding act (Act 3 of 2008), as it currently exists as of today, into the relevant title of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes (Title 2, Administrative Law and Procedure). This would not create any substantive policy changes to the Right-to-Know Law, but it would benefit agencies, practitioners, and the public.  
Consolidating the Right-to-Know Law would remove the need for agencies, practitioners, and the public to use an unofficial codification to determine the most recent official statutory text.  These unofficial codifications often require commercial subscriptions to access. Further, moving the Right-to-Know Law’s statutory language to the title with other administrative law and procedure material would help ensure consistent application with other agency duties. Finally, conforming the language of the Right-to-Know Law to the manual of style for the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes would improve readability, clarity, and consistency with other statutory enactments.
I look forward to working with you on this important legislation.

Introduced as HB1648