Monthly Archives: September 2010

Newspaper association concerned about proposed RTK law changes

Right to Know issues back in the crosshairs: What’s the rush?(Deborah L. Musselman, director of government affairs for the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, sent the following in an e-mail to PNA members).  Here we go again: bills to amend the 2008 … Continue reading

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Introducing a new way to interact with documents

You can check out documents in a whole new way beginning today at ydr.com. For some time we’ve compiled original documents used in our reporting in the Full Disclosure page’s “reading room.” We’ll still do that. But the documents there … Continue reading

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Pa. teachers’ union loses bid to keep public school employees’ addresses private

Mark Scolforo of The Associated Press reports today that the state’s largest teachers’ union lost its attempt to keep public school employees’ home addresses private. On Friday, Commonwealth Court ruled against the Pennsylvania State Education Association, which sued the state … Continue reading

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Pa. senator: Put geographical locators in 911 time-response logs

Addresses or geographical locators would be part of 911 time-response logs under an amendment to the state’s right-to-know law proposed by state Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware, according to The Associated Press. Pileggi, who authored the law that took … Continue reading

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RTK in the news: Court decision slammed; anti-terrorism info sought

This Johnstown Tribune-Democrat editorial ripped the state Commonwealth Court for its decision that state police incident reports aren’t public records. “…this ruling is not about putting investigations at risk. It is about control of information that ought to be available … Continue reading

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2 legislators: RTK law a burden to agencies; proposed bills could make you pay more for records

The new right-to-know law doesn’t work because too many people are using it, says one municipal official in a blog post by Paul Muschick of the Allentown Morning Call. In his “Watchdog” blog, Muschick reports on two proposed bills that … Continue reading

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Agency: We made a slight mistake in billing you for public records. We’re sorry.

Public-records adventures from afar: The Maine Public Utilities Commission said a reporter would have to pay $36,000 to look for and produce e-mails from the commission’s former chairman. When a TV station requested the same documents, the commission wrote back … Continue reading

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Appeals court says state police can keep incident reports private

From Mark Scolforo of The Associated Press today:“Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court says the state police doesn’t have to release copies of its incident reports to the public, reversing the Office of Open Records. Commonwealth Court ruled 6 to 1 on Thursday … Continue reading

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Pa. college students getting evicted; newspaper files RTK for property owners’ names

The California Borough code office is preparing to evict a number of university students from off-campus apartments whose owners either ignored mandatory building inspections or rent rooms illegally in single-family dwellings, according to the Washington Observer-Reporter. The newspaper has a … Continue reading

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Open records office: SE schools right to withhold investigative report

Education reporter Angie Mason reports the following: The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records has upheld the South Eastern School District’s decision not to release a report resulting from an investigation into administrative staff.     The York Daily Record/Sunday News filed … Continue reading

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