Presentation to Union County Assoc. of Twp. Officials

Open records_logo stackedYesterday evening, I had the opportunity to discuss the Right-to-Know Law and the Office of Open Records with the Union County Association of Township Officials in Mifflinburg. I very much appreciate the invitation.

Here’s the presentation I used:

Union County Assoc. of Twp. Officials Presentation – Oct. 20, 2016 – PPTX
Union County Assoc. of Twp. Officials Presentation – Oct. 20, 2016 – PDF

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Annual Training in Harrisburg on Oct. 26

Open records_logo stackedThis year’s Office of Open Records Annual Training will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the State Museum in Harrisburg.

Senior staff from the OOR will lead this session covering the Right-to-Know Law and the Sunshine Act.

The training will touch on the basics of each law, but additional detail will be provided on recent Final Determinations issued by the OOR, recent Supreme Court and Commonwealth Court decisions, and emerging issues.

This training session is designed to be of interest to both agencies and requesters. Attendees will have ample opportunity to ask questions.

This session is pending approval for 1.5 CLEs.

You can register for the training session here.

New Website, New Features

Open records_logo stackedToday, the Office of Open Records website was completely revamped.

This post highlights five new features on the website, but first a note: You can continue to find all of the same information that’s always been available on the OOR website. The site has been reorganized, but nothing has been removed.

ONLINE APPEALS FORM

There’s a new online form to fill out when you file an appeal with the OOR.

The goal of this new form is to save everyone time and to help ensure that you submit all of the required information. When you click “submit,” your appeal is instantly transmitted to the Office of Open Records. If you enter a valid email address, you’ll also receive a copy by email for your own records.

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OOR Annual Training – Presentation Materials

The Office of Open Records held its annual training session in Harrisburg this week, covering the Right-to-Know Law and the Sunshine Act.

PCN very graciously recorded the presentation and has made streaming video of the OOR’s training session available for free:
PCN Video Part 1
PCN Video Part 2

Here’s the presentation I used for my opening comments:
Annual Training 2015 Opening Comments (PDF)
Annual Training 2015 Opening Comments (PPTX)

And here’s the presentation George Spiess, our Director of Training and Outreach, used for his session:
Annual Training 2015 George Spiess Session (PDF)
Annual Training 2015 George Spiess Session (PPTX)

Thanks again to the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission and to the State Museum of Pennsylvania for hosting us, and to Senator Dominic Pileggi for saying a few words at the start of the session.

Opening Comments – OOR Annual Training

Today, the Office of Open Records is hosting its annual training session in Harrisburg, covering the Right-to-Know Law and the Sunshine Act.

Here’s the presentation I’m using for my opening comments:
Annual Training 2015 Opening Comments (PDF)
Annual Training 2015 Opening Comments (PPTX)

I’ll post the presentation used by George Spiess, our Director of Training and Outreach, soon. Also, complete video from the event will be available courtesy of PCN.

Last Call: OOR Annual Training Tomorrow (10/21)

The Office of Open Records’ 2015 Annual Training in Harrisburg is scheduled to take place tomorrow (Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015) — and it’s not too late for you to join us.

This session will cover both the Right-to-Know Law (also known as the Open Records Law) and the Sunshine Act (also known as the Open Meetings Law), including a discussion of significant recent OOR rulings and court decisions impacting the laws. Attendees will be able to ask questions.

If you’re a lawyer, you can also get 1.5 CLEs.

Registration is free, and the event is pending approval for 1.5 CLE credits.

Register online at http://oor-training-2015.eventbrite.com/

Senator Dominic Pileggi to Open OOR’s Annual Training

HARRISBURG – The Office of Open Records (OOR) will conduct its annual training on the Right-to-Know Law and Sunshine Act on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Senator Dominic Pileggi, author of Pennsylvania’s current Right-to-Know Law, will open the session.

“The Right-to-Know Law and the Sunshine Act are fundamental to government transparency in Pennsylvania,” said Erik Arneson, Executive Director of the OOR. “I’m particularly excited that Senator Pileggi has agreed to say a few words at the start of this year’s session.”

The free session will cover the basics of both the Right-to-Know Law (also known as the Open Records Law) and the Sunshine Act (also known as the Open Meetings Law), including a discussion of recent significant OOR rulings and court decisions impacting the laws.

“The issue of government transparency has never been more prominent than it is today,” Arneson said. “This session is designed to give both agencies and citizens the latest information about the Right-to-Know Law and the Sunshine Act in an easy-to-understand way.”

The training, which has been approved for 1.5 continuing legal education credits (CLEs), will be conducted on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Pennsylvania State Museum auditorium, 300 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. It will also be recorded and aired by PCN, the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

The event is free and open to everyone, including citizens, public officials, agency employees, and members of the media. Registration is highly recommended as seating is limited. Online registration is available at http://oor-training-2015.eventbrite.com.