Pennsylvania

1. Does the law provide expedited procedure for reviewing request to attend upcoming meetings? M4A1

There is no provision in the statute for expedited consideration of a Sunshine Act suit. Such considerations can be obtained by request, or by seeking a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction.

C. Federal constitutional provision

Pennsylvania trial and intermediate appellate courts have uniformly applied a First Amendment re-porter’s privilege. See Davis v. Glanton, 705 A.2d 879 (Pa. Super. 1997); McMenamin v. Tartaglione, 590 A.2d 802, 811 (Pa. Commw.), aff’d without op., 590 A.2d 753 (Pa. 1991); Commonwealth v. Farley, 27 Med. L. Rptr. 1544 (C.P. Jefferson January 12, 1999).

e. Social media and online discussion boards. M1D3E

(This section is blank. See the point above.)

1. Who receives a request?

The Act states that “written request[s] must be addressed to the open-records officer” that agencies are required to designate under the Act. If such a request is directed to some other agency employee, such employee “shall be directed to forward requests for records to the [agency’s] open records officer.” Section 703.

The Act sets forth how “open-records officers” are established and their responsibilities.

3. Private matter on government e-mail or government hardware

Private matter emails on government accounts or hardware are presumptively accessible.

b. Notice requirements. M1E2B

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