Pennsylvania’s open records law has been hailed as a major success since its current version came into being six years ago, but some argue it’s time to pop the hood and tinker with the landmark legislation.
Some recent developments regarding the cost of seeking access to information.
Lawyers for the man fired after just days as head of Pennsylvania’s open records office told a panel of state judges on Wednesday that lawmakers made it clear in the Right-to-Know Law that they wanted the job to be independent of the governor who is now trying to replace him.
The Associated Press filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the State Department to force the release of email correspondence and government documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.
The Pennsylvania state legislative aide who is trying to retain his appointment as the state’s open records czar says the public won’t have confidence in the Office of Open Records if the governor can fire the executive director.
Gov. Tom Wolf is holding off on a search for a permanent director of the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records while a state court considers whether he had legal authority to fire the last one.
A Pennsylvania court says government agencies can’t release anyone’s home address under the Right-to-Know Law without first making the person aware their address has been requested and giving them a chance to fight it.
Pennsylvania court records have a readership any writer would envy, with 59 million state court dockets accessed online last year alone.
That’s an enormous amount of information, and the court system has been developing new rules about what the public should be able to see in common pleas and appellate court files, both online and in the courthouse.
The Pennsylvania Society of News Editors is disappointed in Gov. Tom Wolf’s attempt to dismiss the executive director of the Office of Open Records.
The Pennsylvania attorney general’s office on Thursday asked for more time before a hearing about who should serve as director of the state Office of Open Records.