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Langhorne, PA 19047
(215) 752-6750
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1500 Desire Avenue
Feasterville, PA 19053
Phone: (215) 942-4067
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Farry Pleased with Judge's Ruling on Right to Know Law
7/9/2009
Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) today said he was pleased by a court ruling which states that the records of a volunteer fire company are not subject to Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.
 
Noting that most volunteer fire companies are not equipped to respond to right-to-know requests, Farry said subjecting them to the law would have placed undue financial and manpower burdens on the organizations.
 
In a letter to Tioga County President Judge Robert Dalton, Jr., who issued the ruling, Farry wrote, “These organizations lack the necessary resources to handle open record requests. It will be financially crippling if they are forced to retain counsel and review requests, and it will only be a matter of time before an organization accidentally releases personal information, whether it be of a member or a patient, potentially causing harm.”
 
Farry further pointed out, “To subject community men and women, who are voluntarily risking their lives to keep our towns safe, to this law without legislative floor debate, dialog with the fire service or specifically listing such organizations in the law is unduly burdensome and will ultimately negatively impact Pennsylvania's volunteer fire service, something I don't think our Legislature intended to do.”
 
Farry joined the Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus in filing an amicus brief with the court which was hearing an appeal of a case in which a Morris Township, Tioga County, resident sought the records from a local fire company. The state Office of Open Records ruled in February that fire companies are similar to “local agencies” and their records are public. The fire company appealed the ruling to the Tioga County Court of Common Pleas.
 
“The authors of the open records law did not intend for it to be applied in this manner. The court’s ruling affirms that fact. Any requests seeking taxpayer funding information can be directed to the governing body that provides said funding to the fire company,” Farry noted. 
 
Farry said that while the court’s ruling applies only to fire companies in Tioga County, he is hopeful that it will serve as a precedent for similar cases in other Pennsylvania counties with volunteer fire companies.
 
Rep. Frank Farry
142nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Sean Yeakle
House Republican Public Relations
(717) 787-3406