Right To Know

The RTKL and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Office of Open Records has issued the following Advisory regarding Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law and the COVID-19 emergency.

Requesters: Unless you have an urgent need to access records, please do not file any new Right-to-Know Law (RTKL) requests at this time. Additionally, in most cases, inspecting records will not be possible during the emergency; if a request is necessary, please seek copies of records (preferably electronic).

Governor Edward G. Rendell signed the new Right-To-Know law on February 14, 2008 fundamentally changing the way people access public records of their government. The hallmark of this new law, which fully takes effect January 1, 2009, is its presumption of openness.

Amending the act of June 21, 1957 (P.L. 390, No. 212), entitled an act requiring certain records of the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions and of certain authorities and other agencies performing essential governmental functions, to be open for examination and inspection by citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; authorizing such citizens under certain conditions to make extracts, copies, photographs or photostats of such records; and providing for appeals to the courts of common pleas, further providing for definitions, for examination and inspection and for extracts, copies or photostats; providing for denial of access to public records, for redaction, for response to requests for access and for final agency determinations; further providing for appeal from denial of right; and providing for court costs and attorney fees, for penalty and for immunity.

Lehigh Carbon Community College 
Tracy Bean
Right To Know Officer
Records Retention Officer
Phone: 610-799-1121
Fax: 610-799-2881
4525 Education Park Drive
Schnecksville, PA 18078

Appeal Address:
The Commonwealth Office of Open Records
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, Plaza Level 
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225 
Phone: 717-346-9903 
Email: openrecords@state.pa.us