Category Archives: Right-to-Know Law

Addresses not private, but government emails are, and other recent court decisions on public records

A look at recent Pennsylvania court decisions on open records issues.

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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 Sen. 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.

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Editorial asserts agencies could keep public in dark by using 30-day extension

This editorial from The (Hanover) Evening Sun shows what can happen when events outpace the right-to-know response from an agency that requests a 30-day extension to figure out whether it will release a record.

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Open records chief: State is training workers to use phone feature that avoids public records requests

Trainers are telling state workers learning a new phone system that they can use an instant-messaging feature to avoid citizens’ public record requests, the state’s open records director told Gov. Tom Corbett in a letter.

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I agree: Pennsylvania government is too open. Here is a top 10 list of ways to solve this vexing problem

Because the public’s desire for information about the government it pays for is clearly out of control, I feel like we need to do something to protect state officials and legislators. I have helpfully compiled the top 10 solutions to the problem of the public knowing anything about public officials in state government:

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Lawmakers continue push for RTK law to cover Penn State; one advises caution

YDR staffer Ed Mahon reports that Rep. Eugene DePasquale (D-West Manchester) believes his bill to bring Penn State and other state-related universities under the Right-to-Know Law would pass, if it can be brought to a vote. The Freeh report, he said, gives it momentum.

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Had Penn State been subject to open records law, Sandusky abuse could have been stopped earlier, educator says

Journalism educator Al Tompkins, a faculty member at the journalism training organization Poynter, followed yesterday’s Louis Freeh report accusing Penn State leaders of covering up what they knew about Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse allegations by putting the focus on the university’s exemption from the right-to-know law.

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YDR opinion: Simplify open records law

Open records advocates say a recent Commonwealth Court decision threatens one of the hallmarks of Pennsylvania’s 2 1/2-year-old right-to-know law: That instead of a requester having to prove records are public, an agency has to prove they’re not. The York … Continue reading

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A great little note on who uses right-to-know law & why

There are big reasons to use the state’s right-to-know law, and journalists do that regularly and often in a high-profile way — say, by requesting time-response logs (see entry below). But there are tons of other reasons people who aren’t … Continue reading

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Pileggi’s proposed RTK changes drops pay-just-to-look idea

Late last year, state Sen. Dominic Pileggi’s proposed amendments to the right-to-know law he authored including a provision that would allow agencies to charge people to look at records if they didn’t want copies made. That caused a lot of … Continue reading

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