ROYERSFORD, September 3, 2021 – State Senator Katie Muth (D-Chester / Montgomery / Berks) announced today that she will partner with the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records to host a virtual Right to Know workshop on Thursday, September 23, 18 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Zoom.
The virtual event will allow voters to interact with experts from the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records and learn how to use Right to Know law and how to file a successful Right to Know claim. Participants must register for the free event at www.SenatorMuth.com/events/RTK
“The first step in fixing our faulty system is to ensure accountability and transparency in our state government,” Muth said. “Our virtual right to know workshop will provide a crash course on how residents can use the right to know law to stay informed by getting information to which they are entitled under the law and ultimately , to hold officials and local governments to account. “
Executive Director Liz Wagenseller and George Speiss, Head of Outreach and Training, Pennsylvania Office of Open Records will be the keynote speakers for this virtual workshop.
Muth noted that under current Right to Know law, all state and local government agency records are presumed to be public. If an agency wishes to withhold a case, it must prove that it has the right to do so under the right to know law, another law or regulation, a privilege (such as attorney privilege). client) or court order. In addition, the current law created the Office of Open Records, which allows an applicant to appeal an agency denial easily and free of charge. Under the previous law, the onus was on the plaintiff to establish why a document was public and all appeals went to court.
For more information on the virtual event and to register for the Zoom workshop, visit it www.SenatorMuth.com/events/RTK