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Obtaining Legislative Records from the Senate of Pennsylvania

Act 3 of 2008 ( PDF) 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: Senate Legislative Record Source Table

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 needs to be in writing (postal mail, fax, or email) if you wish to pursue the relief and remedies provided for in the Act.

Senate of Pennsylvania Right-To-Know Request Form PDF

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: Donetta D'Innocenzo
Office Address: Room 89, Capitol East Wing, Harrisburg PA 17120-3052
Email Address:
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 is $5 per document, regardless of the number of pages.

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.

The Senate has appointed the Secretary of the Senate to serve as Appeals Officer. 65 P.S. §67.503. The Appeals Officer can be contacted as follows:

Megan Martin
Senate Appeals Officer
Room 462, State Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3053
Telephone: (717) 787-5920

Click here for Final Determinations of the Senate Appeals Officer.