Senate Bill 413 – OOR Testimony

Open records_logo stackedSenate Bill 413, introduced by Senator Rich Alloway, would extensively revise provisions related to the practice and procedure of Commonwealth agencies, establish the Office of Administrative Hearings, and extensively revise provisions on judicial review of Commonwealth agency action.

The Senate State Government Committee, chaired by Senator Mike Folmer, held a public hearing this week on SB 413.

I provided this written testimony to the committee, emphasizing the unique nature of the Office of Open Records — that the vast majority of our cases involve people who are not represented by an attorney. As established in the Right-to-Know Law, the OOR’s appeal process was always intended to be simple, inexpensive, and relatively quick.

Senate Bill 413 – Written Testimony