Wolf calls public records bill 'ill-conceived and poorly drafted,' will allow into law

Gov. Tom Wolf
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Gov. Tom Wolf says, despite his repeated threat to veto a public records bill, he will allow it to become law without his signature.

The legislation will force state government to honor public-records requests during an emergency declaration. It passed both the state House and Senate without a single “no” vote.

Wolf said several times last week that he planned to veto the bill. On Sunday, he announced he would not block it, but he would let it become law without his signature.

Wolf calls the legislation "ill-conceived and poorly drafted."

He says state agencies have been processing right-to-know requests for months, which he argues makes the legislation "no more than a talking point in the General Assembly."

Wolf also re-stated his concerns about forcing employees to go to a government office to pull records in potentially unsafe conditions.

The last Pennsylvania governor to veto a bill that passed the General Assembly unanimously was Milton Shapp in 1978.