The OOR is required to “annually report on its activities and findings to the Governor and the General Assembly” (Section 1310(a)(9) of the Right-to-Know Law). Typically, the annual report is released during Sunshine Week in early March. This year, issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the release for about a month, but here’s our 2019 Annual Report:
Highlights from the report include:
- 2,658 appeals were filed in 2019, making it the second-busiest year on record.
- The current three-year average is 2,440 appeals; the current five-year average is 2,470.
- More than half (51.6%) of the appeals docketed in 2019 were filed by everyday citizens.
- About 75% of the appeals filed in 2019 involved local agencies.
- The OOR conducted 105 mediations in 2019.
- The OOR led or participated in 88 training sessions in 2019.
- The OOR responded to 1,006 RTKL requests in 2019 (a record high), although the vast majority were misdirected.
Previous annual reports are available here.