ACLU-PA Position: Opposes
HB 2524 would amend Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law (RTKL) to make a variety of updates and changes to the statute, including provisions regarding vexatious requesters, requests by incarcerated people, exceptions to public records, retention of records, commercial requests, appeals processes, and fees.
HB 2524 is a well-developed bill that proposes some useful and beneficial changes to the current law. Unfortunately, two provisions in particular—designating some people as “vexatious requesters” and limiting requests from incarcerated people—establish dangerous and potentially unconstitutional precedents for allowing the state to pick and choose to whom it responds.
Check the status of HB 2524 here.