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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: April 21, 2015 12:43 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 by the state.

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. All other aspects of the Right to Know law as it involves schools would be maintained.

I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as SB833