The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 21, 2014

Executive sessions

By Gary Grossman
The Daily Item

— I read with great interest The Daily Item report (March 17) on Rep. Saccone’s proposed legislation regarding executive sessions and other closed-door meetings held by state agencies.

In principle, this type of legislation would serve the people of Pennsylvania well. The costs of recording such meetings, which include board retreats, would be minimal, and a complete and accurate record of each such meeting could greatly improve any analysis of decisions particularly those that have gone amiss or come under close scrutiny.

I was unable to find the text of what appears to be House Bill 1671, so I cannot comment on the particulars of Saccone’s proposed legislation. Elected officials are often entrusted with private, personal information that is sensitive and important to individuals — citizens, denizens, or public employees; this trust should not be violated. Fortunately, legislation that is directed at maintaining an accurate, complete, and navigable record of the proceedings that lead to expenditure of public funds need not conflict with maintaining this trust.

Mary Howe,

Lewisburg