Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 19

Rotunda Ramblings - Episode 19

This week's podcast features an interview with Erik Arneson, director of the Office of Open Records.

We talk about trends in open record laws, things the office has been up to, and the office's new website!

You can listen to the episode HERE.

Friday, July 22, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Features

Supreme Court: Governor overstepped authority in removing Arneson from open records post

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Gov. Tom Wolf overstepped his authority in removing Erik Arneson from his appointed post of Executive Director of the Office of Open Records.

In so holding, the court said it is writing not only to endorse the Commonwealth Court opinion keeping Arneson at his post, but also to amplify the holding in terms of the independence of the Office of Open Records.

“It is undisputed that the OOR, with its Executive Director at the helm, is a unique administrative agency tasked with applying the standards established in the RTKL and making decisions about whether government agencies and officials, including the executive branch and the office of the Governor, have acted timely, carried their burden of establishing why a record is not subject to public access, as well as myriad other issues,” the opinion by Justice Max Baer stated.  

“We view the Commonwealth Court’s analysis in this case to rest on the OOR’s status as a unique, independent agency charged with the delicate task of applying the RTKL, and the need to insulate the OOR and its Executive Director from the potential for coercive influence from a Governor to accomplish the purpose of the RTKL."

Tuesday, October 27, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Arneson to resume Open Records director post for the time

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that his administration would not oppose the motion to lift the stay of the Commonwealth Court’s order of last week reinstating Erik Arneson as head of the Office of Open Records, while his office appeals the decisions.

In cases of an appeal, there is an automatic stay of the lower court’s order unless lifted.

After the Commonwealth Court held that Gov. Wolf exceeded his authority in firing Arneson in February, the Wolf administration stated their intention to appeal. When Arneson showed up to work at the Office of Open Records after the court order, he was turned away pending the appeal.

The decision Monday effectively reinstates Arneson to the post for which he was hired by Gov. Tom Corbett and later fired from by Gov. Wolf.

Monday, June 15, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Court orders Arneson reinstated as Open Records office head

The much anticipated and long-awaited Commonwealth Court decision in Arneson v. Wolf was issued Wednesday morning with the court ordering by a four to three decision that Erik Arneson be reinstated as the Executive Director of the Office of Open Records and be compensated for back pay.

In so ordering, the court further held that Gov. Tom Wolf exceeded executive authority in firing Arneson, who was appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett just days before his term expired.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Determination as to OOR head’s independence will have to wait a month

Determination as to OOR head’s independence will have to wait a month

Wednesday saw the much-anticipated Commonwealth Court hearing to decide whether the Corbett-appointed head of the Office of Open Records, Erik Arneson, was rightly fired by Gov. Tom Wolf come and go.

The hearing ended in an agreement between the parties that there will be a new hearing before an en banc panel of the Commonwealth Court on March 11 to bring final resolution to the matter.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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