Larry Roberts himself publicly expressed after the pay-raise, when questions arose about the constitutionality (Pennsylvania
Constitution) of the unvouchered expenses, that he was not a Constitutional scholar. On that basis alone, many of us
are satisfied he did not seek re-election.
This time around, let's show we the people know our own PA Constitution well enough to elect only those representatives
and senators to state office and a Governor who DO consider themselves Constitutional scholars.
PENNSYLVANIA STATE CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
SUMMARY Bruce Ledewitz
d) Article I, §7--Free Expression
Uniontown Newspapers v. Roberts, 839 A.2d 185 (Pa. 2003): Uniontown Newspapers attempted to obtain
copies of Representative Roberts telephone records. Uniontown Newspaper alleged that it had the right to the telephone records
pursuant to common law, state and federal constitutions. The court held that there is a common law right to examine
certain judicial records, but not legislative records. Additionally, the court held that there is no First Amendment right
to access legislative phone records. Furthermore, the court concluded that Uniontown Newspaper had no right to the records
under the Pennsylvania Constitution, specifically Article I, section 7. The court held that although "Article 1, section 7"
may be read to protect the right to publish information about the Legislature, it has not been so broadly interpreted
to include a heightened right to gather information from the Legislature". Additionally, the court held that Article
1, section 7, "provides no more expansive rights of the press to access information than the First Amendment'.