How to File a Request

The first thing to do before filing a RTK request is to determine which Commonwealth or local agency is most likely to have the records you want. Next, determine who the Open Records Officer is (each agency is required to have one). More tips for filing effective RTK requests are available right here on our website.

How to File an Appeal

All appeals must be made in writing and must be submitted to the Office of Open Records within 15 business days from the mailing date of the Agency's response or the date that the request was deemed denied. If that timeframe expires before you provide the required information to the OOR, you lose your right to appeal and may need to file a new RTK request with the Agency.

Regulations Under Development

The Office of Open Records ("OOR") is in the process of promulgating procedural regulations as authorized by Section 504(a) of the Right-to-Know Law ("RTKL"). Through these regulations, the OOR intends to provide greater clarity of the requirements of both agencies and requesters.

Sunshine Act

The Pennsylvania Sunshine Act, 65 Pa.C.S. §§ 701-716, requires agencies to deliberate and take official action on agency business in an open and public meeting. It requires that meetings have prior notice, and that the public can attend, participate, and comment before an agency takes that official action.

Training

The Office of Open Records ("OOR") conducts training on the Right-to-Know Law ("RTKL") at the request of groups that wish to learn about the application of the RTKL, including those seeking records and agencies responding to those requests. In addition, the OOR will often partner with various organizations or associations (such as the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Pennsylvania State Associations of Township Supervisors, or the Pennsylvania State Associations of Boroughs) to provide a presenter or panelist.



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Speaking to Students at Temple University

28 February 2020

Yesterday afternoon, I visited Temple University in Philadelphia to speak to Dr. Logan Molyneux’s journalism class about Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law. It was a great discussion, and I appreciate the invitation very much. Here’s the PowerPoint presentation I used: Temple University – Dr. Logan Molyneux – Feb. 27, 2020 (PPTX) Temple University – Dr. Logan Molyneux … Continue reading Speaking to Students at Temple University


Speaking to Students at Upland Country Day School

28 February 2020

On Wednesday morning, I visited Upland Country Day School in Kennett Square to speak to two classes (9th grade and 7th grade) about the importance of government transparency and how Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law works. Teacher Judson Morris led the discussions, and I really appreciate the invitation to return to a school I graduated from in … Continue reading Speaking to Students at Upland Country Day School


OOR Updates Standard RTKL Request Form

26 February 2020

The Office of Open Records has updated the Standard Right-to-Know Law Request Form. (Under Section 505 of the Right-to-Know Law, all Commonwealth and local agencies are required to accept the OOR’s Standard RTKL Request Form.) The new Standard RTKL Request Form includes a series of relatively minor changes, the most notable of which is that … Continue reading OOR Updates Standard RTKL Request Form


Speaking to Students at Dickinson College

25 February 2020

Yesterday afternoon, I visited Dickinson College in Carlisle to speak to Prof. Amy Worden’s journalism class about Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law. It was a great discussion, and I appreciate the invitation very much. Here’s the PowerPoint presentation I used: Dickinson College – Prof. Amy Worden – Feb. 24, 2020 (PPTX) Dickinson College – Prof. Amy Worden … Continue reading Speaking to Students at Dickinson College


March 20 in Pittsburgh: Sunshine Week Conference

24 February 2020

On Friday, March 20, I’ll be speaking about the Right-to-Know Law as part of the Access, Transparency and Your Right to Know daylong conference taking place at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Pittsburgh. My discussion (and there will be plenty of opportunity for Q&A) will take place during the luncheon, but the entire event kicks … Continue reading March 20 in Pittsburgh: Sunshine Week Conference


OOR Webinar Schedule for Sunshine Week 2020

24 February 2020

Continuing a tradition that began last year, the Office of Open Records is once again planning a series of webinars for Sunshine Week 2020 with topics related to Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law and Sunshine Act. The OOR’s Sunshine Week 2020 webinar series currently looks like this: March 16 (Monday) RTKL Basics for Agency Open Records Officers … Continue reading OOR Webinar Schedule for Sunshine Week 2020


Agencies Should Provide Evidence to the OOR

21 February 2020

The Commonwealth Court has consistently frowned on agencies trying to submit new evidence (i.e., evidence not provided to the Office of Open Records) during a Right-to-Know Law appeal. As a general rule, Courts of Common Pleas have been more accepting of that practice. However, Courts of Common Pleas are not required to accept such evidence. … Continue reading Agencies Should Provide Evidence to the OOR


Speaking to the County Commissioners Association

26 November 2019

Yesterday in Hershey, I spoke to members of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania at their Newly Elected Officials Workshop & Fall Conference. Not surprisingly, I focused on Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law. More specifically, I encouraged counties (the same would apply to other agencies) to post their most commonly requested records online. For example: County Budgets … Continue reading Speaking to the County Commissioners Association


Article for Pennsylvania County News

19 November 2019

The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania recently asked me to contribute an article to the Fall 2019 issue of Pennsylvania County News, which I was happy to do. Here’s the complete text of that article. *** Balancing the public’s right to know with confidentiality laws and privacy interests Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law (RTKL) presumes that all … Continue reading Article for Pennsylvania County News


Speaking to Students at the University of Pittsburgh

23 October 2019

Late yesterday, I visited the University of Pittsburgh to speak to Prof. Doug Swanson’s journalism class about Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law. It was a great discussion, and I appreciate the invitation very much. Here’s the PowerPoint presentation I used: University of Pittsburgh – Prof. Doug Swanson – Oct. 22, 2019 (PPTX) University of Pittsburgh – Prof. … Continue reading Speaking to Students at the University of Pittsburgh


Docket Date Title County Status
2020-0424 02/28/2020 Brunermer v. Apollo Borough Armstrong Consolidated
2020-0423 02/28/2020 Brunermer v. Apollo Borough Armstrong Consolidated
2020-0422 02/28/2020 Brunermer v. Apollo Borough Armstrong Consolidated
2020-0421 02/28/2020 Brunermer v. Apollo Borough Armstrong Consolidated
2020-0420 02/28/2020 Brunermer v. Apollo Borough Armstrong Consolidated
2020-0419 02/28/2020 Brunermer v. Apollo Borough Armstrong Consolidated
2020-0418 02/28/2020 Brunermer v. Apollo Borough Armstrong Consolidated
Date Organization
March 9, 2020, 2:00 PM Pennsylvania Association of Sewage Enforcement Officers
May 21, 2020, 12:00 AM PA State Association of Boroughs
May 28, 2020, 12:00 AM PA State Association of Boroughs
August 6, 2020, 12:50 PM Legal Update - Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs
September 17, 2020, 12:00 AM PA State Association of Boroughs
September 24, 2020, 12:00 AM PA State Association of Boroughs