Right to Know
The Public Has The Right To Know
Open Records Law In 2008 the Pennsylvania Legislature passed a new open records law, dubbed the “Right to Know Law,” to take effect January 1, 2009.
The new law requires that a record in the possession of a state or local agency be presumed to be a public record unless otherwise specified by the law. This shifts the burden of proof from the public to the government, which now must give a compelling reason why a record needs to remain secret – for example, because it would violate the privacy of a government employee by disclosing personal information or because it would compromise the security of a government installation by making public the specifics of its security measures.
The new law also established the Office of Open Records to enforce this law with local agencies and serve as a resource to the public in obtaining public records.