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In re Johnson

In re Johnson involved an appeal of an order that denied the records request related to a police welfare check on the requestor's mother. The trial court determined that the requested documents were exempt from disclosure under Section 708(b)(17) of the Right-to-Know. The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court affirmed, holding that a…

In re Johnson involved an appeal of an order that denied the records request related to a police welfare check on the requestor’s mother. The trial court determined that the requested documents were exempt from disclosure under Section 708(b)(17) of the Right-to-Know. The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court affirmed, holding that a report generated in response to… Continue reading In re Johnson

Chester Water Auth. v. Pa. Dep’t of Cmty and Econ. Dev.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Chester Water Auth. v. Pa. Dep’t of Cmty and Econ. Dev. involved consolidated appeals arising under a law generally requiring public access to governmental records in Pennsylvania. The primary issue was whether a statutory deliberative-process exception extends to records exchanged between a Commonwealth agency and private consultants. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed the Commonwealth Court… Continue reading Chester Water Auth. v. Pa. Dep’t of Cmty and Econ. Dev.

Cent. Dauphin Sch. Dist. v. Hawkins
Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court considered Cent. Dauphine Sch. Dist. v. Hawkins on remand from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ordered the Court to consider the case consistently with Easton Area School District v. Miller, 232 A.3d 716 (Pa. 2020). The dispute centered on 65 P.S. § 67.708(b)(1)(i), s section of Pennsylvania’s Right To… Continue reading Cent. Dauphin Sch. Dist. v. Hawkins

Uniontown Newspapers, Inc. v. PA Dept. Corr.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court

In Uniontown Newspapers, Inc. v. PA Dept. Corr., the Pennsylvania Supreme Court addressed the propriety of the Commonwealth Court’s assessment of sanctions and attorney fees based on a finding of bad faith and willful and wanton behavior by an agency responder under the Right to Know Law (65 P.S. §§ 67.101-67.3104). After the PA DOC… Continue reading Uniontown Newspapers, Inc. v. PA Dept. Corr.

Easton Area Sch. Dist. v. Miller
Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Miller submitted a Right to Know Law (“RTKL”) request to the District, seeking a copy of surveillance video from a school bus. The District denied the request. Miller appealed to the Office of Open Records (“OOR”), which ordered the District to disclose the video. The District appealed to the court of common pleas, which agreed… Continue reading Easton Area Sch. Dist. v. Miller