Value of PA’s Right to Know laws for Contractors

Chris Martin July 14, 2020 124

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Holly Lubart, Director of Government Affairs for the Pennsylvania News Media Association shares information about Pennsylvania’s Right to Know laws on the Building PA Podcast.  The focus of the discussion centers on the value of right to know for contractors and how access to public information can be useful for proposals and other useful business development uses.

Co-hosts Jon O’Brien and Chris Martin ask questions relevant to the legislation to help listeners understand how to utilize these laws – Open Records Law and the Sunshine Law.  “The legislation was based on the public’s distrust of the Pennsylvania legislature and the law helped promote a transparent government especially at the state and local level,” said Lubart.  “Without access to government information there is no way to hold government officials accountable.”

In today’s business climate and managing the post-COVID-19 world makes this law a valuable resource to the construction industry.  For example, contractors can use the law to gain an understanding of construction project documents.  Conversely, project documentation for public projects is accessible via this law allowing the general population and competitors to gain insight into your business.  The Building PA Podcast encourages all contractors to know and understand this law.

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