Nov 10, 5:51 PM EST

Pa. high court refines records request procedures

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania's highest court is providing new guidance on the proper procedures for requesting records under the state Right-to-Know Law.

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Wednesday that requests for records held by government agencies must be addressed to the agency's designated open-records officer.

The decision overturned ruling by a divided Commonwealth Court that said state and local agencies should presume that any written request for records is a Right-to-Know request.

Judges on that lower court had said that could make an unaddressed request on paper bag, given to a PennDOT plow-truck driver on a snowy night, a valid Right-to-Know request.

The high court says people seeking records must follow the proper procedure to gain protections in the Right-to-Know Law, including the right to appeal an agency's refusal to release records.

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