Category Archives: Pennsylvania public record

Pennsylvania gets high grade for website transparency

More on this later, but the news release that accompanied this report included the following line: “Among the best performing states were Pennsylvania, California, Illinois, Maryland and Washington.”

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Like poking around in lists and databases? Here’s a page for you

In the black bar atop this blog are tabs for specialty pages. We just added one called “Search for data.” Click it and you’ll see a lineup of searchable databases we’ve published, as well as links to other public-records information … Continue reading

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Pa. prosecutor releases 911 tape of man reporting he killed his wife, child

 911 call recordings are not public record in Pennsylvania, but authorities can release exempted records at their discretion — which is what the Bucks County District Attorney did in the case of a man who killed his wife and son … Continue reading

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What’s lurking in stadium inspection records?

ESPN found numerous food-safety violations at stadiums and ballparks around the country, based on its review of inspection records from local health departments. At the jump, read the results for Pennsylvania and Maryland’s venues — ranked by those with the … 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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Making it public, part II

After spending some time with a new Web site focused on Harrisburg’s city hall spending I decided to give the comptroller a call. “The reason I did it was because I believe in transparency,” said the newly elected Dan Miller, … Continue reading

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Making it public

The Harrisburg comptroller and mayor have been at war lately. Today, the comptroller unleashed a pretty cool site that’s loaded with tons of city financial information. It includes a roster of all employees and what they make. One of the … Continue reading

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If there’s a snow-related travel ban, here’s who can drive

Sometime today or tomorrow you might hear about a travel ban because of the snow. In 2008, the state’s emergency management agency laid out, among other things, who is authorized to travel when such a ban is in effect. If … 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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Crunching dropout numbers in York County

A truancy town hall in Dover scheduled for Monday night made me wonder if you could get truancy numbers from the state. And the answer is not literally — at least, I couldn’t find anything on the site — but … Continue reading

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