Saturday, November 06, 2010

Private Investigator News: Pennsylvania government agencies cannot charge time for fulfilling public records requests

"Government agencies cannot charge people seeking public records for the time agency employees spend complying with requests made under Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law in certain cases, a state Commonwealth Court panel has ruled.

Upholding the state Office of Open Records in a pair of similar cases, the panel on Nov. 4 said the State Employees’ Retirement System cannot recover the cost of employees’ labor in creating documents tailored to specific requests because the same information was available — in a less organized and less convenient form — in records that already existed."  
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