Legislative Update – December 19, 2019

The House of Representatives was in session this week. The Senate convened on December 18 to consider judicial nominations. The Senate confirmed Governor Tom Wolf’s nominations of Bruce Beemer, Wolf’s inspector general…

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Legal Hotline: Organizational Meetings

Q:  A local borough council member told me they won’t be holding an organizational meeting in January, and they are the only borough in my area not holding one.  Aren’t boroughs required…

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Pennsylvania Capital-Star Content Sharing

The content created by Pennsylvania Capital-Star is available for use by all Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association member papers at no charge. For more information on taking advantage of this, contact Editor John L….

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Legal Hotline: Arrest and Search Warrant Records – Updated

Q: Which rules govern public access to arrest and search warrants and their supporting documentation, like affidavits of probable cause? A: Public access to arrest warrants and search warrants is governing by…

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Ryan Dohrn

Ryan Dohrn is the founder of media strategy firm Brain Swell Media and the creator of the 360 Ad Sales System taught to over 15,000 ad sales reps in 7 countries. Ryan works…

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Legal Hotline: Complex Data Fees Media Exemption

Q: My reporting focuses on data, and I routinely request complex data sets like GIS records from public agencies. Some agencies have given me fee estimates based on market rates, sometimes in…

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Promotional Spotlight: The Tribune-Democrat’s We Reach 82% Campaign

We need to get our swagger back! Our industry has taken some serious hits lately. Discussions of diminishing home circulation numbers hit the news feeds every day as some newspaper companies explain…

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Legal Hotline: Law Enforcement Records

Q: My local police department just implemented a policy that requires officers to use body cameras during all interactions with the public. Is the audio and video gathered by law enforcement officers…

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Legal Hotline: Access to Election Returns

Q: What are the rules regarding public access to election returns? A: The Pennsylvania Elections Code makes election returns public records In counties that use electronic voting systems, public access to returns…

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Legal Hotline: Pennsylvania Shield Law 2019

Q: What is the law that protects confidential sources, and what does it mean for journalists in our newsroom? A: Pennsylvania’s Shield Law offers robust protection against compelled disclosure of confidential source…

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