Presentation to Criminal Justice Advisory Committee

Earlier today, I was pleased to speak to the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, a committee under the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, in Harrisburg.

The topic was video records such as bodycams and dashcams, how they’re currently handled under Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law, pending legislation on the topic, and other related issues.

My thanks to the Chairman, Representative Mike Vereb, for inviting me to speak.

Here’s the presentation I used:

Criminal Justice Advisory Committee Presentation (PDF)
Criminal Justice Advisory Committee Presentation (PPTX)

Speaking to the County Commissioners Association

This morning in Hershey, I spoke to members of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania about the Right-to-Know Law and the Sunshine Act as part of the organization’s Newly Elected Officials Workshop and Fall Conference.

It was a great event, and I enjoyed talking to so many county commissioners. As a reporter at the Lebanon Daily News in the mid-1990s, I often covered meetings of the Lebanon County commissioners. I have great respect for the work done at the county level in Pennsylvania.

Here’s the presentation I used as part of this morning’s speech:

County Commissioners Association – 23 Nov 2015 (PDF)
County Commissioners Association – 23 Nov 2015 (PPTX)

Open Records Panel at PAGR Event

Earlier today, I took part in a panel discussion at an event known as Lobbypalooza, hosted by the Pennsylvania Association for Government Relations.

The panel (topic: Open Records) also included Melissa Melewsky, Media Law Counsel for the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, and Scott Coburn, General Counsel for the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors.

The presentation we used focused mainly on Senate Bill 411, legislation which would amend the Right-to-Know Law and which is making its way through the General Assembly. I wrote more about SB 411 here, and here’s the presentation we used at today’s PAGR event:

Pennsylvania Association for Government Relations – 22 Oct 2015 (PDF)
Pennsylvania Association for Government Relations – 22 Oct 2015 (PPTX)

IUP Journalism Class

IUP LogoYesterday, I had the privilege of speaking to a journalism class at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. David Loomis invited me to talk to the class about the Right-to-Know Law, the Sunshine Act, and other issues of government transparency.

The class had a lot of great questions, and the discussion was a lot of fun.

Here’s the Powerpoint I put together for the event:

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Presentation 24 Sept 2015 (PDF)
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Presentation 24 Sept 2015 (PPTX)