Some big questions: Why is York County government shielding access to public records? Why are reporters having to sue to get access to those public records? And where are our county commissioners on this? This is why I'm so upset about this recent transparency scandal facing our county.
This is deeply troubling. Every county commissioner should be outraged and provide oversight to prevent this from happening. Reporters should not have to sue to gain access to public records. Seems like York County has a transparency problem.
As a former journalist, former chair of the Government Oversight Committee, and now a member of the Right to Know Advisory Committee, our Freedom of Access laws are meant to ensure journalists and the public know what our governmental institutions are doing. When information is shielded, it keeps us all in the dark. It makes it look like there is something to hide, even when there isn't. Unacceptable.