– Rep. Bud Cook (R-Washington/Fayette) has won a four-year pursuit to assure that Local Share Account (LSA) procedures in Washington County are fair, accountable and transparent. Judge Katherine Emery has ruled that the Redevelopment Authority must provide records of 433 projects funded by the LSA of casino gambling. Cook issued the following statement:
“In our country’s current political state, this is a huge win for the people. The people have a right to know how government operates and to have faith that actions taken are always in their best interest. The Right to Know Law (RTKL) is rather straightforward and I am happy to say Judge Emery has sided with the people of Washington County and will provide them with transparency in their government.
“While we trust that officials are most often performing in the best interest of the people, verification is always a good course of action. If a process cannot be verified as accountable and transparent, there is no reason to believe it is fair.”
The full court ruling can be read in the attached document
Representative Bud Cook
49th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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