OOR is thrilled to share exciting changes. After 10 years with the office, Kyle Applegate is our new Chief Counsel. He replaces Charles Rees Brown, who retired after 10 years at OOR and more than 25 with the Commonwealth.
Serving as Assistant Chiefs Counsel are Josh Young (seven years at OOR) and Magdalene Zeppos-Brown (six years).
The 2020 Annual Report is now posted.
- 2020 ranks as the second-busiest year ever for the OOR, with 2,764 appeals filed.
- Breakdown of who filed appeals in 2020:
- 43% citizens
- 37% companies
- 11% inmates
- 5% media
- 2% government officials
- 1% lawmakers
- 547 appeals involving state agencies; Department of Corrections tops the list at 115 appeals filed.
- Significant increases in the number of appeals filed involving the Department of Health, State Police, Department of Human Services, and Department of Community and Economic Development.
- 90 mediations and 70 training sessions conducted by the OOR.
On March 9, 2021, the OOR testified at a House State Government Committee hearing regarding how Right-to-Know requests were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Video of hearing
OOR’s Written Testimony
On March 9 at 1:00, the OOR will be testifying at a House State Government Committee hearing regarding how RTKL requests were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The live stream should be available here: http://www.repgrove.com/LiveStreams