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FOIA Buddy

20 May 2024

The OOR has been contacted by numerous agencies who have received Right-to-Know Law requests from requesters using FOIA Buddy. Please read this for more information.

Transparency Zone, April 2024

13 May 2024

The Liquor Control Board demonstrated that granting access to bourbon whiskey delivery schedule records to different County liquor stores would threaten the security of an individual. This decision has been appealed to Commonwealth Court. 2024-0251 The applications of unsuccessful applicants for a position, including those applicants’ names, are exempt records. 2024-0539 The Copyright Act may prohibit … Continue reading Transparency Zone, April 2024

Transparency Zone, March 2024

5 April 2024

A requester is entitled to a refund of duplication fees paid for records produced by the agency that are not responsive to the request. 2023-2227 The identity of the requester and motivation for the request are irrelevant in determining whether records are exempt from disclosure. 2024-0266 The RTKL’s exemption for trade secrets or confidential, proprietary … Continue reading Transparency Zone, March 2024

Exemptions, Explained: 708 (b)(6), Personal Identification Information

3 April 2024

Even the most dedicated transparency advocates will draw a line when it comes to the disclosure of certain personal information in records. Section 708(b)(6) of Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law (“RTKL”) allows government agencies to withhold personal identification information from public access.   In this edition of “Exemptions, Explained,” with legal analysis provided by Appeals Officer Angela Edris, … Continue reading Exemptions, Explained: 708 (b)(6), Personal Identification Information

The Demand for Election Records

12 March 2024

The 2020 presidential election will go down in history as one of Pennsylvania’s most memorable. The impact on Right-to-Know Law (RTKL) requests was swift, prolonged, and intense. Requesters sought records related to mail-in ballots, voting machines, and security policies. More than three years later, election related RTKL appeals still remain above pre-November 2020 levels. With … Continue reading The Demand for Election Records

2023 Annual Report

11 March 2024

The Office of Open Records is proud to present its 2023 Annual Report. Read it here. Highlights from this year’s annual report include: Share this:

Transparency Zone, February 2024

4 March 2024

An agency may enforce a policy that requires use of the “standard statewide RTK form” for all requests. 2024-0292 An agency may respond to a request by directing a requester to a publicly accessible website that contains all of the data points. 2024-0196 Bridge inspection reports are exempt from access under the Vehicle Code. 2024-0329 … Continue reading Transparency Zone, February 2024

Sunshine Week Summit 2024 (In-Person and Virtual)

1 March 2024

In celebration of Sunshine Week 2024, the Office of Open Records is joining other stakeholders on March 13 from 9-12 for a great discussion: You may join us virtually or in person in Harrisburg at the beautiful new State Archives Building. There is an opportunity for 2.5 CLE credits for attorneys. For registration and more … Continue reading Sunshine Week Summit 2024 (In-Person and Virtual)

Transparency Zone, January 2024

1 February 2024

An inmate was granted access to email communications between prison officials about movies and tv series. 2024-0023 The names of individuals who played golf at a course operated by a township are not public records. 2023-3106 An agency may charge copying fees if it only keeps physical copies of a requested record. 2023-3129 Vehicle crash … Continue reading Transparency Zone, January 2024

Transparency Zone, November/December 2023

8 January 2024

An agency may redact bank account and routing numbers on financial records to prevent unauthorized access. 2023-2422 The Department of Corrections proved that it did not have records related to the price it paid for a certain shampoo. 2023-2231 A request for the “last time [a] robotic stopwatch was calibrated” and the corresponding costs provided … Continue reading Transparency Zone, November/December 2023

Docket Date Title County Status
20241338 05/23/2024 Allen Wilkins v. Dauphin County Dauphin Dismissed: Premature
20241335 05/23/2024 James Nottingham v. Lycoming County Lycoming Dismissed: Lack of Jurisdiction
20241330 05/23/2024 Henry Yordan v. Willistown Township Chester Dismissed: Lack of Jurisdiction
20241319 05/23/2024 Charles Talbert v. Pennsylvania General Assembly Dauphin Dismissed: Lack of Jurisdiction
20241316 05/23/2024 Hayward Miller v. City of Philadelphia Law Department Philadelphia Dismissed: Untimely
20241315 05/23/2024 Hayward Miller v. Philadelphia Office of Judicial Records Philadelphia Dismissed: Lack of Jurisdiction
20241314 05/23/2024 Oddell Cannon v. Chester County Chester Dismissed: Untimely
Date Organization
May 29, 2024, 2:00 PM Franklin County RTKL Training
June 5, 2024, 10:00 AM [OPEN TO PUBLIC] Laws that Protect Information Webinar
June 18, 2024, 10:00 AM [OPEN TO PUBLIC] Basics of the Right-to-Know Law Webinar