Paper wins ruling in bid for Philly police records

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) ― The Philadelphia Daily News won a court decision Friday in its quest to obtain copies of police grievance arbitration awards from the city. A Commonwealth Court panel reversed a Philadelphia judge's injunction that has prevented city officials from turning over the records to reporter Wendy Ruderman. The judges said the union did not show a clear right to relief and a reasonable likelihood it would prevail on the merits.
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Opinion: A teacher's home address should not fall under Right to Know law

Is an individual's home address a public record, and subject to the state's Right to Know Law, if that person is a public employee? That is the key question in a debate over personal privacy versus the public's right to know, in an age dominated by the Internet. Read More...

Non-profit Form 990 accessible through U.S. law

Q: I want to look at a local non-profit organization’s annual IRS Form 990 return. Is there a section of the Right to Know Law that governs access? Read More...

Sen. Pileggi responds to concerns about SB1469

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, prime sponsor of the 2008 Right to Know Law, has responded to concerns raised by newspapers and others regarding Senate Bill 1469. That bill, which passed the Senate with no negative votes this month, would have amended the Right to Know Law to restrict access to government contractor records, charge the public for viewing a public record, and expand access to 911 time response logs and drafts considered at public meetings, among other things. Senator Pileggi intends to introduce a new bill in January and promises a public, methodical approach to amending the Law. Read More...

Charging fees would limit citizens' access to information

HARRISBURG -- Jennifer Hara, a mother of four who drives a school bus, worries about bills pending before the General Assembly that would make it harder to access government records at a time when many Pennsylvanians are challenging gas drilling. "Any degradation of the Right to Know laws would hurt efforts to get more information on Marcellus shale," said Hara of Enola, during a recent gathering about property owners' rights on the huge natural gas formation in Pennsylvania.

A Senate-passed bill would allow governments to charge people for reviewing records, even if they do not request copies. The Senate bill allows local governments to charge up to half of the 25-cents per page copying fee for records people request but do not copy.
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Opinion: Right to Know Law changes on hold

When the House went into its election recess Wednesday (Oct. 6), it left a number of bills that PNA opposes in committee. Since the passage of Act 3, the Right to Know Law, numerous bills have been introduced to carve out more exceptions from the presumption of access in both chambers, and although none have passed the House, three proposals passed the Senate – all without debate, and with less than a handful of negative votes among them. Read More...

West Chester cancels closed door meeting after questions raised

WEST CHESTER -- The borough cancelled the executive session scheduled Wednesday evening where members of the Turk‘s Head Stadium Alliance planned to discuss the proposed minor league baseball stadium with borough council. Read More...

New 'public participation' conduct rules in Nuangola

A contentious audience was met with new “public participation” conduct rules at the late September Nuangola Borough Council session. The new policy was seemingly adopted in response to a raucous August meeting which had residents shouting over Council members’ comments and each other. It was enacted as Resolution No. 8 of 2010. Read More...

Borough of Leetsdale turns over document

LEETSDALE — It took about two weeks, but two Leetsdale residents have received documents they formally requested from the borough, despite initial reluctance from a councilman to providing the information. Read More...