Pennsylvania

F. Recording/broadcast of meetings. M1F

(This section is blank. See the subpoints below.)

a. Reporter

The Pennsylvania Shield Law and First Amendment reporter's privilege apply to reporters. Davis v. Glanton, 705 A.2d 879 (Pa. Super. 1997). There are no Pennsylvania cases that actually define the term "reporter" for the purposes of the privileges.

8. Judicial remedies available.

The reviewing court may affirm or reverse the agency’s decision and, in certain situations discussed below, award reasonable attorneys fees and costs.

The Act spells out what the court must include in its decision: “The decision of the court shall contain findings of fact and conclusions of law based upon the evidence as a whole. The decision shall clearly and concisely explain the rationale for the decision.” Sections 1301(a), 1302(a).

5. Expense reports.

Expense reports are presumptively accessible.

5. Multi-state or regional bodies.

The Act does not identify any such bodies.

A. In general

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B. Budget sessions. M3B

Open if agency business or official action is involved unless one of the Act's exceptions applies.

2. Filing an objection or a notice of intent

Pennsylvania does not require the filing of a notice of intent before filing a motion to quash. In some counties, there may be general rules regarding discovery or trial motions. For example, in Philadelphia County, a party filing a motion to quash a discovery subpoena must certify that he or she made an effort to resolve the dispute without court intervention. The news media should check any applicable local rules.

a. What officials are covered? M1C1A

All officials are covered so long as they are acting as the “quorum” of an agency. However, neither the Governor nor a commission appointed by the Governor to advise him on the selection of trial court judges was deemed an “agency” under the Act. See Ristau v. Casey, 647 A.2d 642 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 1994).