2008-12-25 / Local & State

What's Public And What's Not Under New Pa. Law

Examples of information that the government must make available to the public under Pennsylvania's new Right-to- Know Law, and examples of government information that will remain private:


Legislative records, including financial information and e-mails between lawmakers and lobbyists. The Legislature was exempt from the previous Right-to- Know Law.

Financial records of judicial agencies, which were previously exempt from the Right-to-Know Law.

Financial and other records of community colleges.

Financial and other records of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Name, position, salary and other compensation, employment contract and length of service of any public official or agency employee.

Documents reflecting final action on a public employee's demotion or discharge.

Grant applications.

Documents presented to a quorum of an agency for discussion at a public meeting.

911 time response logs.

Bids and requests for proposals on public contracts, including unsuccessful proposals, once the bids have been opened.

Traffic reports.

Certain records held by government contractors performing governmental functions.

Name, cause and manner of death of an individual.

Real-estate appraisals, environmental reviews, audits and evaluations related to an agency's lease, acquisition or disposal of real property once the agency makes a decision.


Social Security numbers.

Driver's license numbers.

Home, cellular or personal phone numbers.

Personal financial information, such as credit cards, bank account and financial statements.

Home addresses of law-enforcement officers and judges.

Recordings and transcripts of 911 calls, unless a court or agency deems the release in the public's interest.

Medical, psychological or disability records that identify individuals.

Records that identify people who apply for or receive social services.

A minor's name, home address and date of birth.

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