LAWRENCE COUNTY RIGHT-TO-KNOW LAW

  • Please be advised that pursuant to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Order dated March 18, 2020, the Lawrence County Declaration of Disaster Emergency R-2020-062, and the order of the County Commissioners on March 19, 2020, the Lawrence County Government Center is closed to the public with reduced staff. As a result, there is insufficient staff to support responses to non-judicial Right-to-Know requests directed to Lawrence County. Accordingly, no Right-to-Know request directed to Carolyn Flannery-Lang submitted on or after March 20, 2020 will be processed until full operation of Lawrence County Government Center resumes.
    For additional information, see the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records advisory here (hyperlink to https://openrecordspennsylvania.com/2020/03/12/the-rtkl-and-covid-19/) See also, 65 P.S. § 97.902.
  • Please email completed form to the LAWRENCE COUNTY OPEN RECORDS OFFICER Carolyn Flannery-Lang at cflannery@co.lawrence.pa.us
  • If your request is of a Judicial (AOPC) nature, Please email completed form to the LAWRENCE COUNTY JUDICIAL DISTRICT OPEN RECORDS OFFICER Michael Occhibone at mocchibone@co.lawrence.pa.us

RIGHT-TO-KNOW REQUEST FORM

Timetable

The Right-To-Know Law imposes a strict timetable on the County for responses to Right-To-Know Law requests. The following is a general outline of the timetable.

  1. Receipt of written request.
  2. County must respond within five (5) business days.
  3. Exceptions:
    1. Exceptions still require a letter within five (5) business days from the County, however, the letter will advise the requester than an exception applies which will authorize the County an additional thirty (30) days.
    2. The exceptions generally can be classified as:
      1. Public Records which require retrieval, redaction or legal review; or
      2. The County has determined that the requester has not compiled with the County’s policy, refuses to pay the applicable fees or the County has staffing limits which prevent compliance.
  4. In all cases, failure by the County to respond within five (5) business days is deemed a denial.
  5. Written response of denial requires the following:
    1. Description of the record requested.
    2. Specific reasons request is denied.
    3. Who authorized the denial.
    4. Date of the response.
    5. Procedure for appeal.
  6. Appeal. Any appeal from a County action shall be made to the Commonwealth’s Office of Open Records Appeal Officer.
  7. Final Determination. The County shall make a final determination within thirty (30) days of the mailing date of the appeal in the nature of exceptions.

Any request for information or assistance should be directed to the County Solicitor’s office to be contacted at 724-656-2150.