• Legal Hotline: BINGO ads

      • Aug 27, 2015
    Q: A local volunteer fire company runs a weekly bingo game and wants to advertise the games as well as raffle prizes to be given away during the games. What are the rules governing this type of ad?
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  • Legal Hotline: RTKL and student settlements

      • Aug 20, 2015
    Q: I filed a RTKL request with a local school district, seeking access to all settlement agreements that involve students that were entered into last year. The school district denied access, citing confidentiality clauses and FERPA, arguing that the settlements are not public because they are educational records. Can they do that?
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  • Legal Hotline: Google Maps

      • Aug 13, 2015
    Q: Can we use Google Maps images in print ads? What about in ads appearing on our website?
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  • Legislative Alert: PNA Opposes House Bill 1119

      • Jun 12, 2015
    In the House on Monday, the House Education Committee has scheduled consideration of a bill of interest to PNA. House Bill 1119, authored by Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), would permit school districts to apply for waivers of certain mandates upon a showing of need.
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  • Commonwealth Court affirms independence of Office of Open Records, reinstates Arneson

      • Jun 10, 2015
    The Commonwealth Court today issued an opinion in the case challenging the removal of Erik Arneson as executive director of the Office of Open Records (OOR). The majority of the court, in an opinion authored by Judge Patricia A. McCullough, ordered that Arneson be restored as Executive Director of the OOR with backpay and benefits. The majority also found that Governor Wolf exceeded his removal power under the state constitution in dismissing Arneson from the post.
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  • Legislative Alert: PNA Opposes House Bill 824

      • Jun 05, 2015
    The House is scheduled on Monday, June 8, to vote on second consideration on House Bill 824.
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  • PNA opposes SB444, Right to Know Law amendment

      • Sep 25, 2014
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  • Out-of-state liquor store ads

      • Aug 14, 2014
    Q: An out-of-state liquor store wants to advertise in our paper. The store is on the Pennsylvania border, and its alcohol selection is extensive and well-priced. Can we accept ads for out-of-state liquor stores?
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  • Privacy Forum at Penn State Lehigh Valley

      • Jul 01, 2014
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  • Legal Hotline: Google Maps images

      • Mar 13, 2014
    Q: Can we use Google Maps images in print ads? What about in ads appearing on our website?
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  • Opinion: How much do elected officials trust you?

      • Mar 06, 2014
    It's an election year in Pennsylvania. Like dandelions in spring, legislators and their challengers will be popping up everywhere. They'll be visiting civic clubs, fraternal organizations, classrooms, parades and debates, asking you to trust them enough to put them in charge. This means you'll get a chance to find out how much they trust you.
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  • NAA: Limit government overreach through Free Flow of Information Act

      • Jun 03, 2013
    The nation learned in May that the Justice Department secretly obtained the phone records of more than 100 Associated Press reporters and monitored Fox News reporter James Rosen’s personal email and cell phone records, branding him a “possible co-conspirator” in a classified leak case for asking questions to a government source.
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  • Pennsylvania Office of Open Records holds annual training on Right to Know Law

      • Oct 04, 2012
    The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records will conduct its annual training on the Right-to-Know Law and Sunshine Law.
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  • Questions for statewide or legislative candidates

      • Sep 27, 2012
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  • Commonwealth Court issues positive RTKL decision

      • Sep 20, 2012
    The Commonwealth Court has held that providing access to information stored in databases is not “creating a record” for purposes of section 705 of the RTKL and also ordered the production of addresses.
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  • U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals issues important defamation decision

      • Aug 02, 2012
    As part of Philadelphia Newspapers, LLC bankruptcy proceedings, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a precedential opinion that linking to articles that contain allegedly defamatory content is not “republication” for purposes of defamation law. This holding is a significant victory for newspapers, and it is the first appellate court opinion on this issue decided in the context of Pennsylvania’s defamation statute.
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  • The Right to Know Law's black hole

      • Feb 22, 2012
    When the criminal charges against Jerry Sandusky were announced, people scrambled to find out when Penn State officials had learned about the monstrous acts alleged and what they had done about them. The public quickly discovered this information could be hidden forever because the state’s flagship university is exempt from Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law. Its records are completely outside the public’s reach.
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  • Another chance to get it right?

      • Nov 17, 2011
    While many Pennsylvanians and citizens across the United States are more or less riveted by the allegations of child abuse that are still-unfolding at Penn State, some have also called for more transparency at Penn State. In fact, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association published a guest editorial in the Patriot-News in June of 2007, urging legislators and Penn State officials alike to acknowledge the school’s central identity as a Pennsylvania institution.
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  • PNA members take strong stance against coroners' bill

      • Sep 29, 2011
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  • PNA members editorialize about HB 633

      • May 20, 2011
    The editorial pages in many of our member newspapers were buzzing this week about HB 633 in advance of today’s hearing before the House Local Government Committee.
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