More than half of the Right-to-Know Law appeals handled by the Office of Open Records last year were filed by everyday citizens, strong evidence that the RTKL is working for people across the state.
Citizens filed 51% of last year’s appeals; inmates filed 34%; members of the media, 7.2%; companies, 6.8%; and government officials, 1%.
That breakdown returned to what had been the norm. In 2015, inmates accounted for a plurality of requests for the first (and, so far, only) time ever. In every other year, citizens have filed more requests than any other group.