Act 3 of 2008 (
establishes 19 types of legislative records which are available to the public. The types of legislative records available under the
Right-to-Know Law are spelled out in Section 102 of the Act 3, in the definition of "legislative record."
Of these, 16 types of legislative records apply to the Senate of Pennsylvania. In many cases, the records are easily available online and there is no need to make
an official request. The following table has been prepared to help you find legislative records as quickly as possible:
In accordance with Section 504 of the Act, the Senate has promulgated regulations and policies necessary to implement the Act. This Statement of Policy is published in the Pennsylvania Code, Title 104, Chapter 7.
If you would like to make an official request for legislative records from the Senate, your request should be in writing (postal mail, fax, or
email). A sample request form (
) is available.
All requests should include sufficient detail to allow the Open Records Officer to locate the information requested, and should include the requester's contact
information. Requests should be sent to the Senate's Open Records Officer:
Open Records Officer: W. Russell Faber
Office Address: Room 89, Capitol East Wing, Harrisburg PA 17120-3052
Telephone: (717) 787-7163
Fax: (717) 783-4296
You should receive a reply to your written request within five business days, pursuant to Section 901 of Act 3.
A per-page duplication fee may be assessed. The fee structure is contained in the Senate Policy Statement on Records. Generally, records will be produced at a
cost of $0.25 per page. The fee for certifying a document is $5 per document, regardless of the number of pages. Each document requires separate certification and fee.
If a request is denied in whole or in part, the response from the Senate's Open Records Officer will include information about how to appeal the decision.