While Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law gives residents the chance to keep tabs on their government through access to records, a related law lets them see decision-making bodies in action.
The state Sunshine Act requires public boards and councils to discuss business and make decisions in public.
The laws work in conjunction to give people access to their governments. A resident may request a document they know exists because it was approved or discussed at a public meeting.
But there are sometimes disagreements over when one law or the other applies.