Nobody, in the history of the republic, has ever had to do this before.

That’s how Pennsylvania columnist Hope Stephans describes the apparent attitude of Pennsylvania legislators who are shocked–shocked!–that anyone expects them to work so very, very hard to clean up the open records mess in that state.

It’s so bad that I’ve been avoiding reading Pass Open Records which is covering the Great Open Records Robbery of 2007 in painful detail.

Most recently, 127 of 196 state legislators voted to entirely exclude e-mail generated in the course of the state’s business from what is FOIAable under Pennsylvania’s laws.

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