Survey: State, counties, cities get most records requests

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 4, 2018 12:23 PM

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(Harrisburg) -- A survey by Pennsylvania's Office of Open Records says state government entities, cities and counties fielded the most Right-to-Know Law requests last year.

About three-quarters of agencies at all levels say dealing with those requests took them an hour or less per week.

The report issued Thursday finds more than half of state government agencies that responded took in more than 100 requests last year, along with 40 percent of cities, about a third of counties and one in seven police departments.

About 1,300 agency open records officers responded to what is the first large-scale survey of their experience dealing with Right-to-Know Law requests.

Only 3 percent of respondents said they received more than 20 requests last January, and two-thirds said they fielded either one or none that month.

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