News in recent weeks has revealed a troubling reality for some lawmakers — that the act has no teeth, giving way to disregard and even abuse by politicians.No word if Vereb's proposed legislation will increase or decrease penalties if violations of the Sunshine Act include printed agendas.
Vereb admitted the now-public breakfast meetings between Montgomery County commissioners Jim Matthews and Joe Hoeffel were not the first revelation to bring this matter to his attention.
“I frankly think that when crooks steal, they go to jail,” said Vereb. “If politicians violate the Sunshine law and knowingly deceive the public with some type of a vote based on an illegal meeting, then I think they should be incarcerated. Guess what? The people keep fighting for it, and you better start listening and not just get a $100 fine.”
Friday, December 31, 2010
Vereb: Sunshine act violations are more serious than a speeding ticket
State Rep Mike Vereb plans to introduce legislation to strengthen Sunshine Act violations, upping the penalties to include jail time for violations. The Times Herald's 007 Jenny DeHuff has the story: