LEGAL HOTLINE: (717) 703-3080
One of the PNA’s most popular services to our members is the free Legal Hotline. PNA members may call the hotline with any legal questions.
PNA attorneys routinely provide members with advice on HIPAA, open records, the state Sunshine Act, use of independent contractors, libel, telemarketing, copyrights, the Pennsylvania Shield Law and legal advertising. Many reporters from PNA member newspapers rely on PNA’s attorneys for quotes on stories involving legal issues.
Members may also contact PNA’s Media Law Counsel directly via email.
Q: What does HB 2463 (Grove), Act 77 of 2020, mean for journalists seeking access to records from Commonwealth agencies during the COVID-19 disaster declaration? A: The law means that commonwealth agencies…Read More
Q: I filed a Right-to-Know request seeking to inspect records. I want to review the records before requesting copies to help me decide which records are most relevant and to reduce copy…Read More
Q: A local agency has been holding remote public meetings and discussing records and power point presentations during those meeting. Our reporter asked the board secretary for copies of the records and…Read More
Q: What kind of records can we access from law enforcement agencies under the Right to Know Law (RTKL)? A: The RTKL contains an exemption related to criminal investigative records, but the…Read More
Q: What are the rules on access to polling places? A: The Pennsylvania Elections Code, 25 P.S. 3060, provides, among other things, as follows: (a) Until the polls are closed, no person…Read More
Q: A locally run website has been taking content from our newspaper and re-printing it online without our permission. Is there anything we can do about this? A: Original newspaper content is…Read More
Q: The coroner has refused to provide the names of the recently deceased handled by the coroner’s office. Does the Right to Know Law require public access to this information? A: Yes….Read More
Q: I asked a hospital about the status of a man being treated for COVID. The hospital refused and said HIPAA prevents the release of all patient information. Does HIPAA prevent hospitals…Read More
Q: What is the Disease Prevention and Control Law? Health department officials often rely on it to deny access to various information about community health issues as well as the ongoing COVID-19…Read More
Q: We have a notary on staff to notarize proofs of publication accompanying legal notice ads. Our staff is working remotely, making it difficult for affidavit witnesses and the notary to be…Read More