Monthly Archives: October 2010

Think you’ll ever see something like this in Pennsylvania?

The Philadelphia Citypaper reports that the New Jersey Supreme Court lowered fees for copies from 75 cents a page to no more than 7 cents. One of Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi’s proposed amendments to Pennsylvania’s right-to-know law would have … Continue reading

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On teacher salaries: What else do you want to know?

The national conversation over teacher pay is no stranger to York County.  In the past few months, several school districts have negotiated contracts with their teachers that call for increases in the pay scales. In a bad economy, some people … Continue reading

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Court rules Philadelphia must release police grievance arbitration awards

 The Philadelphia Daily News won a court decision Friday in its quest to obtain copies of police grievance arbitration awards from the city, Mark Scolforo of The Associated Press reports. A Commonwealth Court panel reversed a Philadelphia judge’s injunction that … Continue reading

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When documents talk to you

ProPublica has an awesome use of DocumentCloud, a way of annotating and presenting documents in a much richer way than basic PDFs. An explanation is here, as part of an investigation into a Guantanamo detainee’s case in which a judge’s … Continue reading

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Pileggi: Revised RTK amendment bill coming in January

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Chester and Delaware counties, says he’ll revamp his proposed amendments to the right-to-know law. Pileggi, who authored the law that went into effect in 2009, wrote in a letter to the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association that … Continue reading

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Pa. right-to-know law lunacy

Please tell me what I’m not seeing in the following mystifying situation: During a public meeting, a borough councilman reads into the record a statement about an audit. A resident asks for a copy of the statement. The councilman says … Continue reading

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Bucks Co. school loses when ethics law trumps RTK law

Pennsylvania’s right-to-know law includes language that it doesn’t pull rank if another law establishes that a record is public or private. That came in handy when a requester named Simon Campbell won his appeal with Bucks County Schools Intermediate Unit … Continue reading

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Hear the Supreme Court arguments in Snyder v. Phelps

The U.S. Supreme Court has released the audio of Wednesday’s arguments in the case pitting Albert Snyder of Spring Garden Township against Westboro Baptist Church.  Snyder wants the justices to restore a jury verdict that held Westboro responsible for its … Continue reading

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Report: Changes to RTK law put off until spring

CLOG, a blog by the Philadelphia Citypaper, reported yesterday afternoon that a Senate bill that made a bunch of changes to the state’s right-to-know law has been put off until spring. It quotes Terry Mutchler of the open records office … Continue reading

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Snyder v. Phelps transcript had quick turnaround

The Supreme Court had the Snyder v. Phelps transcript online about an hour after arguments ended on Wednesday — a pretty good turnaround if you ask me. That gave me time to work with the document using DocumentCloud, and highlight … Continue reading

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