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Open Records & Right-To-Know Policies

There are two Pennsylvania laws dealing with transparency and openness in government:

  • The Open Meetings or Sunshine Law requires that most meetings be announced and open to the public.
  • The Open Records or the Right-To-Know Law requires that most government documents must be available for inspection by citizens.

This section deals with Open Records. The most significant provision of the Right-To-Know Law is that all records are presumed to be public records unless disclosure is barred by:

  1. State or federal law and regulation or a judge’s order
  2. Privilege, such as attorney-client privilege or doctor-patient privilege
  3. One of the exceptions in Section 708 of the Right-to-Know Law

The burden is 100 percent on the government agency to establish why a record would not be available.

The Office of Open Records in Harrisburg oversees Right-To-Know matters for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Please visit their website at http://openrecords.state.pa.us for further information regarding the Open Records Law.

It is the policy and goal of Eddystone Borough to be fully compliant with all laws and regulations regarding both Open Records and Open Meeting issues.

For detailed instructions regarding how to file a Right-To-Know Request for public records held by the Borough of Eddystone, please follow this link.