HARRISBURG – Cambria County Rep, Frank Burns is proposing a bill to ensure elected officials have prompt access to the information they need when making decisions for the public good. Burns said he made a request to the PA Liquor Control Board that was stonewalled, turning into a two-year legal fight that the state Supreme Court ultimately ruled in his favor. Burns’ bill would require government entities to provide an elected official who files an open records request with a final determination in five days, eliminating the 30-day extension under current law. If the agency denies the request, the elected official could appeal to the state Office of Open Records, which would also have five days to rule on the case, down from 30 days. The bill would also create a dedicated appeals officer position within the office specifically to handle appeals from elected officials.

REP. FRANK BURNS