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Senate Legislative Record Source

The Right-to-Know Law ( PDF) establishes 19 types of legislative records which are available to the public. Of these, 16 types of legislative records apply to the Senate. In many cases, the records are easily available online and there is no need to make an official request. The table below serves as a guide to help you find legislative records as quickly as possible.

Often, it will be quicker to contact the original source of the legislative record. While not an official request under the Right-To-Know law, such requests avoid the administrative requirements placed on the Open Records Officer and can provide the information in a more timely manner.

Information on how to submit an official request for legislative records can be found on the Senate's Right-to-Know Law web page.
1) Financial record. Chief Clerk of the Senate
  • A bill or resolution.
  • Amendments offered in committee.
  • Amendments offered in session.

3) Fiscal notes. Respective Appropriations Committee
4) Co-sponsorship memoranda. https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/CSM/index.cfm?Chamber=S
5) The journal of a chamber. https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/sj/sj.cfm
  • Minutes of, record of attendance of members at a public hearing or a public committee meeting.
  • recorded votes taken in a public committee meeting.

7) The transcript of a public hearing when available. Committee Chair
8) Executive nomination calendars. https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/Legis/ExNomCal/Public/ExNomCal.cfm
9) The rules of a chamber. https://www.pasen.gov/rules/DisplayRules.cfm
10) A record of all recorded votes taken in a legislative session. https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/RC/Public/rc_view_date.cfm?rc_body=S
11) Any administrative staff manuals or written policies. Respective Floor Leader or Officer
13) Final or annual reports required by law to be submitted to the General Assembly. Senate Library
  • Legislative session calendars.
  • Marked calendars.

16) A record communicating to an agency the official appointment of a legislative appointee. President Pro Tempore, Majority Leader or Minority Leader
17) A record communicating to the appointing authority the resignation of a legislative appointee. Secretary of the Senate
19) The results of public opinion surveys, polls, focus groups, marketing research or similar efforts designed to measure public opinion funded by a legislative agency. President Pro Tempore, Majority Leader or Minority Leader