Legislative Update: June 27, 2019

Scheduled Senate Votes The Senate and House of Representatives are in legislative session this week. The Senate is scheduled to vote on House Bill 790, the General Appropriations bills for Fiscal Year…

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Legal Hotline: Recording Interviews

Q: We encourage our reporters to record interviews for accuracy, with interviews typically recorded over the phone and sometimes in person. Are there any legal issues associated with recording interviews? A: Yes….

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Legislative Update: June 20, 2019

The Senate and House of Representatives were in legislative session this week and return to session next week. House Bill 1069 The House State Government Committee voted on House Bill 1069, sponsored…

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Legal Hotline: RTKL Fees

Q: What fees can an agency charge for records? A: It depends on the type of agency; the Office of Open Records sets the fee schedule for local and commonwealth agencies, while…

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Legal Hotline: Firewood Ads

Q: Are there laws that govern ads for firewood? Does the law require firewood to be sold in cords or can advertisers use terms like “racks” and “truck loads?” A: Pennsylvania and…

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Legal Hotline: Housing for Older Persons

Q: What documentation should news media organizations get from advertisers when allowing “adult 55+,” “retirement community,” or “senior housing” in a housing ad? A: Publishers are generally not liable for this type…

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