AG Kane to “issue a statement” next week in the wake of Commonwealth Court opinion

AG Kane to “issue a statement” next week in the wake of Commonwealth Court opinion

The Commonwealth Court Thursday issued an opinion stating that pornographic emails located on Office of Attorney General servers are not public records subject to release under Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law (RTKL).

The opinion means that the attorney general is not compelled to produce the emails under the RTKL, but is not prohibited from doing so merely by the opinion.

Writing for a majority of the court, President Judge Dante Pelligrini reversed the finding of OAG’s right to know appeals officer who found the records are subject to public release due to the fact that they constituted an agency activity since they were evidence of a violation of agency policy.

"In this case, the records sought are emails that were either sent to or from an OAG email address or retained by the recipient in violation of OAG policy," the opinion reads. "The fact that they were sent, received or retained in violation of OAG policy does not transform what was not a public record into a public record under the RTKL."

Thursday, November 19, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Capitol Quick Hits for 11.18.15

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • Pennsylvania Safe Access (PSA), along with a group of supporters, held a press conference today in the Main Rotunda to advocate for the legalization of medical cannabis. Chrissy Billett, a member of PSA, said many patients are waiting for the legalization of medical cannabis. She praised steps that have already been taken, but said “we are still waiting.”  
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Diabetes Action Partnership came together to host a World Diabetes Day event by providing free screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and diabetic neuropathy.  

Wednesday, November 18, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Kane’s top deputy outlines “nuclear scenario” that could result from AG’s ongoing license suspension

Kane’s top deputy outlines “nuclear scenario” that could result from AG’s ongoing license suspension

The Special Committee on Senate Address—the committee tasked with discovering whether or not there are grounds to proceed with removal of Attorney General Kathleen Kane—held its final hearing Wednesday.

The committee heard from the four top deputy attorneys general in the Office of Attorney General on how they are handling Kane’s suspended law license and the effect her questioned status is having on the office.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Municipal pension reform moves one step closer to governor

Municipal pension reform moves one step closer to governor

As promised, the Senate Finance Committee took up a proposal to significantly overhaul municipal pension plans in Pennsylvania Wednesday, moving the proposal to the full Senate floor by a party-line vote.

The prime sponsor of the pertinent amendment to House Bill 414—Committee Majority Chairman John Eichelberger (R-Blair) said the bill provides options to municipalities based upon the funding level of their pension plan.

“We have a plan here that provides options for the municipalities to work through things based upon what their particular circumstances are, based on their funding levels, and then based on what they feel is best for their own community,” he told committee members.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pension reform’s goals start to take shape despite lack of agreement

Pension reform’s goals start to take shape despite lack of agreement

While budget negotiators continue to hammer out the finer points of what the pension reform portion of the budget framework will entail, those close to the negotiations gave The PLS Reporter a closer look of what goals the reforms hope to achieve as vehicle legislation continued to make its way through the General Assembly Wednesday.

Senate Bill 1071, the current vehicle bill, passed through the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday along a party-line vote.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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