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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: June 5, 2013 01:34 PM
From: Senator Andrew E. Dinniman
To: All Senate members
Subject: Right to Know School Employee Home Address Exemption
I plan to introduce legislation that will protect the privacy of school employees’ home addresses from public access under the Right to Know law.

My bill will extend the exemptions from disclosure of home addresses already provided in the law for other specified public employees to include employees of a school entity. A school entity will include a school district, intermediate unit, area vocational-technical school, charter school, cyber charter school, community college, the State System of Higher Education and any school funded and administered by the Department of Education.

The Right to Know law was designed to provide the public with access to important governmental information, however, concerns for the safety of the individuals employed within the governmental entities have been controlling when weighing the need for disclosure since the inception of the law. The increase in the number of violent attacks and threats that focus on schools, its students and teachers demand a responsible approach to the release of such personal information that could place the employees of the school at harm at all hours of the day.

Currently, a temporary stay has been issued by the Commonwealth Court prohibiting the Office of Open Records from releasing such information. My bill will assure that a simple legislative addition to the law will maintain the temporary Court stay that school safety and security should extend to the home addresses of its employees. All other aspects of the Right to Know law as it involves schools would be maintained.

If you have any questions regarding this legislation, please contact Lisa M. Felix at lfelix@pasenate.com or at 705-5849.

Introduced as SB1027