Supreme Court: Wolf wrong to oust Open Records chief

27 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Governor Wolf loses legal fight over open-records chief.

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s highest court says the director of the state Office of Open Records can’t be removed by the governor without cause, in a decision that keeps Erik Arneson in place as the agency’s head.HARRISBURG, PA — Extreme liberal special interest groups are rushing to the aid of Democrat Supreme Court candidates Christine Donohue, Kevin Dougherty, and David Wecht, campaign finance reports filed Friday show.

The majority says the Legislature gave the director a six-year term to help insulate the office from the potential for a governor to try to coerce how it interprets the Right-to-Know Law. Union bosses have spent $2.9 million and trial lawyers have poured in $1.9 million on the campaigns of the three Democrats running for the Supreme Court this year. Arneson, a former Republican Senate aide, was appointed to the six-year term by Wolf’s Republican predecessor, Tom Corbett, during his final days in office in January.

He said Wolf has “taken many steps to ensure government is ethical and open to the public, including enacting a gift ban, reforming legal contracting, releasing his calendar each week and posting cabinet expenses online. The governor will continue to look for ways to increase openness in government.” In the Supreme Court’s majority opinion, Justice Max Baer, a Democrat from Mt.

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