Court ruling: In Pa., elected officials’ emails are open records

An open-records victory in Pennsylvania, as reported by Peter Hall of the Morning Call in Allentown:

Pennsylvania residents can read the email of elected officials under a decision in favor of The Morning Call recently upheld by the state Supreme Court.

In January, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ordered Easton Area School District to turn over a month’s worth of email messages to and from the official email addresses of school board members, the superintendent and the district’s general email address.

The court found that emails to and from individual members of the school board are records of the school district’s activities under the state’s Right to Know Law. The Supreme Court’s decision last week not to reconsider the case means that the Commonwealth Court opinion will apply to similar cases in the future.

Read more about the decision to make elected officials’ emails open records.

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