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Right-To-Know Law (RTKL)
Under the current RTKL, all state and local government agency records are presumed to be public. This means that if an agency wants to withhold a record, it must prove that it is entitled to do so under the RTKL, another law or regulation, privilege (such as attorney-client privilege), or court order. Also, the current law established the Office of Open Records which makes it simple and free for a requester to appeal an agency denial.
Under the old law, the burden was on a requester to establish why a record was public. Also, all appeals went to court, which can be expensive and tends to be a far more time-consuming process than an appeal to the OOR.
Click here to learn more about open records laws in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Township Workshops and Business Meetings
Citizens of Hopewell Township are encouraged to participate in workshops and business meetings conducted by our Board of Commissioners, as well as those conducted by the various boards, departments and committees that make up our local government. Workshop/Meeting Agendas and Minutes are also published to preserve a record for those unable to attend.
Workshop meetings are conducted in the Township Municipal Building (1700 Clark Blvd., Aliquippa, PA 15001) at 6:30 pm (prevailing time) on the second Monday of each month. Business meetings are conducted in the Township Municipal Building (1700 Clark Blvd., Aliquippa, PA 15001) at 7:00 pm (prevailing time) on the fourth Monday of each month. Dates, times and locations of these and other public events held by township departments/special committees are publicized in the Upcoming Events section of this website.
Pennsylvania Sunshine Act
The Pennsylvania Sunshine Act (65 Pa.C.S. §§ 701-716) requires agencies to deliberate and take official action on agency business in an open and public meeting. It requires that meetings have prior notice, and that the public can attend, participate, and comment before an agency takes that official action.