Time-response log definition — including location — part of proposed amendments to Pa.’s right-to-know law

Right-to-know law amendments filed today by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware County, include the definition of a time-response log that includes addresses or geographic location — a definition that arose from a Commonwealth Court decision in a case won by the York Daily Record/Sunday News.

York County had argued that locations were not part of time-response logs. The state’s open records office agreed with the YDR that they should be; the county appealed and won in Common Pleas court; and the YDR appealed to Commonwealth Court, which ruled unanimously in its favor.

You can see the proposed amendments in the document below. I’ve highlighted some that are interesting or could have a big impact. For example, among other things, the amendments suggest:

–limiting inmates’ rights to request records;
–allowing agencies to charge for commercial requests;
–adding the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, economic development authorities and campus police as agencies subject to the law;
–exempting volunteer fire, ambulance and other responder agencies from being subject to the law.

Let me know what you think of the proposals.

Ways to see the notes
– You can click on “Notes” in the navigation at the top of the document to see only the notes.
– You can scroll through the document and the notes will show up as yellow tabs that you can click on.
– For the best view, click the four arrows at the bottom left of the document to view it in a full page.

About Scott Blanchard

Sunday editor at the York (Pa.) Daily Record/Sunday News. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.
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