The United States Supreme Court, in McBurney v. Young, ruled that there is no federal constitutional right to public records, and the states have the discretion to limit access to public records to their own citizens. This decision and its impact on the right to obtain public records was explored in a recent article: Chad
A recent article provides a how-to-guide for those who seek to obtain records pursuant to the PA Right to Know Law, with links to the OOR website. The topics include:
- The agency to whom the request should be submitted;
- The form of the written request;
- How to send it;
- Timetables involved;
- Appeal procedures.
The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records has posted Cambria County Judge Krumenacker’s Opinions and Orders in the matters listed below. Click here for access:
|2017-0050||06/29/2017||DeBartola v. Cambria County District Attorney’s Office||Request sought various records relating to drug expenditures and employee information.|
|2017-0534||06/22/2017||DeBartola v. Cambria County||Request|
The purpose of this new blog is to inform lawyers, business managers, educators, concerned citizens, journalists, and government officials about the legislation passed in 2008 by the Pennsylvania Legislature known as the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law, a/k/a PA Open Records Law. We will provide interpretations and applications of that law in court opinions and…
For anyone interested in knowing more about the PA Right to Know Law (RTK Law), the first step should be the website of the PA Office of Open Records (OOR). The website of the OOR has a wealth of information, such as links to:
(i) the text and legislative history of the PA RTK…
The Office of Open Records has prepared a flowchart that illustrates the procedure starting from an initial request under the RTK Law, through appeals to the PA Supreme Court.
It remains useful to compare how the PA RTK Law compares to similar laws in other jurisdictions. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) statutes in the State of Delaware, and also the federal counterpart statute do not generally allow access to criminal investigations. FOIA is the name given to many RTK laws in other states.