Commonwealth Court considers who should lead Pa. open records office

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 11, 2015 12:15 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Lawyers for the man fired in January after just days as head of Pennsylvania's open records office say it's clear that lawmakers intended the job to be independent of the governor who wants to replace him. 

Commonwealth Court heard 90 minutes of argument today in the lawsuit brought by Erik Arneson, a longtime Republican Senate aide who has sued Democratic Governor Tom Wolf to retain the position.  

The attorney general's office, arguing for Wolf, told the seven-judge panel that decades of state court precedent say the firing was within Wolf's authority. 

The judges raised questions about how the case might affect other positions in state government, and pressed Arneson's lawyers about how they can divine the intent of the 2009 law that established the job and its six-year term.

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