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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 17, 2017 02:11 PM
From: Senator Thomas J. McGarrigle
To: All Senate members
Subject: Amend Right-to-Know Law to Provide for Commercial Purposes Fee
 
Many local municipalities are being inundated with requests for records by companies who seek to use the information to benefit their commercial business enterprises. For example, companies are requesting information regarding homes with septic tanks or pools so they can solicit these homeowners for their services. These voluminous requests create a significant cost to municipal offices, which are often staffed by only one or two individuals and sometimes only on a part-time basis and operating on very tight budgets.

Therefore, I plan to re-introduce Senate Bill 511 of 2015. This legislation will allow agencies to assess search and review fees for records requested for a commercial purpose. Under the bill, search and review fees would be assessed at a per quarter-hour rate determined by each agency to cover the costs associated with time expended by agency employees in fulfilling a request for records to be used for a commercial purpose. The bill would require requestors to disclose on their written request whether the record will be used for a commercial purpose.

Please considering co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation and contact Daena Prinsen from my office at dprinsen@pasen.gov if you have any questions.

Previous Co-Sponsors: Vulakovich, Mensch, Pileggi, Alloway, Williams, Rafferty, and Tomlinson


Introduced as SB187