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ICYMI: 2022 Annual Training

15 November 2022

Thanks to the nearly 300 people who logged on to watch the training live. Lots of great questions. Watch for the first time (or again) by clicking the links below. Video PowerPoint


Transparency Zone, October 2022

9 November 2022

Aggregate data about disability services provided to students may be public information.  2022-1989 Agency proved that it has not promulgated regulations defining “chicken meal” and thus a document responsive to the Request does not exist. 2022-2254 An agency may not be allowed to withhold a surveillance video if sensitive images may be blurred (“redacted”). 2022-1908 … Continue reading Transparency Zone, October 2022


Annual Training is November 15

8 November 2022

The Office of Open Records (OOR) will conduct its annual Right-to-Know Law (RTKL) and Sunshine Act training on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. This year’s session, which will be held via Microsoft Teams, will include the following topics: The OOR’s Annual Training is free and open to everyone. Attendees will have ample opportunity to … Continue reading Annual Training is November 15


OOR Reviewing RTKL Fee Schedule, Seeking Comments

7 November 2022

Section 1307 of the Right-To-Know Law requires the Office of Open Records to establish a RTKL Fee Schedule for Commonwealth agencies and local agencies. Section 1310 of the RTKL requires the OOR to review that fee schedule every other year. The OOR last updated the fee schedule in 2020. Today, our biannual review of the RTKL Fee Schedule officially begins for 2022. We … Continue reading OOR Reviewing RTKL Fee Schedule, Seeking Comments


Transparency Zone: September 2022

18 October 2022

No reasonable expectation of privacy exists for names and addresses listed on construction permits, thus that information may not be redacted. 2022-1719 A requester may not be prohibited from taking photographs when inspecting electronic copies of various financial records. 2022-1626 Autopsy and toxicology reports held by a county coroner are not protected from disclosure by … Continue reading Transparency Zone: September 2022


2022 AORO Survey Data

19 September 2022

Over the summer, we conducted a survey of Agency Open Records Officers (AOROs) to get a sense of the volume and complexity of the Right-to-Know Law (RTKL) requests they’ve received in 2021 and 2020. We received responses from 983 AOROs across the state. As in recent years, roughly a third of agencies report receiving more … Continue reading 2022 AORO Survey Data


Transparency Zone: August 2022

12 September 2022

Many records related to a Hepatitis A outbreak at a restaurant are protected under the Disease Prevention and Control Law. 2022-1414 If records are presented to a quorum of a board, an agency may not withhold the records by claiming they reflect internal, predecisional deliberations.  2022-0923 A request for county records related to the 2020 … Continue reading Transparency Zone: August 2022


OOR Issues Advisory Opinion on Limiting RTKL Requests

19 August 2022

At the request of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, the Office of Open Records today issued an advisory opinion regarding an agency creating a policy limiting the number of Right-to-Know Law requests made. The advisory opinion can be found here.


Transparency Zone, July 2022

5 August 2022

Here are some final determinations of note from July of 2022. If a requester is unable to access or print public records available on a website, the agency must print and provide them. 2022-1552 Agency bank account numbers do not constitute exempt personal identification information and agencies cannot redact them on that basis. 2022-1227 Proposal … Continue reading Transparency Zone, July 2022


New Process for Appeals!

27 July 2022

Might you be involved in a RTKL appeal? If so, we have important news to share. Here’s the headline: Beginning August 1, 2022, all appeals involving Commonwealth agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction, with a few exceptions, will be processed through the E-File Appeal Portal.  This is the first of three phases as we move ALL … Continue reading New Process for Appeals!


Docket Date Title County Status
20222547 11/29/2022 James Townsend and The Daniel Law Group, PLLC v. Northern Cambria Borough Cambria Dismissed: Premature
20222542 11/29/2022 Nicholas Dupree v. Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Commonwealth Denied
20222507 11/29/2022 Marc Draper v. City of Philadelphia, District Attorney Philadelphia Denied: Dismissed
20222230 11/29/2022 Paul Edling v. Schuylkill Haven Borough Schuylkill Partially Granted/Partially Denied
20222199 11/29/2022 Leonard Perrone v. Montgomery County Montgomery Granted
20222637 11/28/2022 Dawn Segal and Kanter Bernstein & Kardon v. Upper Providence Township Police Department Montgomery Withdrawn
20222555 11/28/2022 Dennis Lapic and Heslet House B&B v. Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Commonwealth Denied
Date Organization
November 30, 2022, 10:00 AM Payment Issues and the Right-to-Know Law Webinar
November 30, 2022, 2:00 PM Training for Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges
December 14, 2022, 10:00 AM Basics of the Right to Know Law Webinar