Category Archives: appeal

A RTK response omission: On purpose, or by mistake?

A guy just walked into our office with some questions about the response to an open-records request he’d gotten from a York County municipality. The municipality — to its credit — had given him a lot of the info he’d … 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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Autopsy information sealed

The Cumberland County coroner refused to release the cause and manner of death of a 21-year-old Shippensburg University football player. The corner argued that the Coroners Act does not make those details public until after January of the next year. … Continue reading

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Hitting 1,000

The state Office of Open Records had its 1,000th appeal filed recently. This was the first year for the new office. It serves those who are fighting state and local agencies for the right to access public documents. The 1,000th … Continue reading

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Are we to be trusted?

I just read reporter Nickie Dobo’s story about a York County resident who asked to see a copy of the working budget for South Eastern School District. No, the district said, we won’t give you that. It’s only a draft, … Continue reading

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Draft budgets are public records

In a final determination issued June 22, the state Office of Open Records granted access to details of proposed budgets for school districts. According to the final determination: Pat Barget, of the South Eastern Tax Reform Coalition, requested a “copy … Continue reading

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County to appeal decision on time response logs

You might recall that we were waiting to hear from the county for its next move on 911 time response logs (see previous blog entry). Well, county solicitor Michael Flannelly said today the county will be appealing the open records’ … Continue reading

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Job applications, resumes are public

In a recent ruling the state Office of Open records, a local tax agency agency was required to turn over job applications and resumes of its workers. The back story on this is interesting. The Scranton Single Tax Office “lost” … Continue reading

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Phil Briddell, did you see this?

Iowa’s governor says he’ll release e-mails he sent from, or received on, private computers and servers that dealt with public business. He’s responding to an open records request by The Associated Press. York Township Commissioner Philip Briddell apparently has e-mails … Continue reading

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No mandatory public-interest test in RTK law

It’s fascinating (and encouraging) to see Pennsylvania residents using the new right-to-know law and trying to make it work for them. Demetra Stamus of Carbon County tried something interesting when she appealed the county’s denial of 911 audiotapes and other … Continue reading

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