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Marcellus Shale Update

Governor Tom Corbett has announced that the Marcellus Shale Impact Fees imposed pursuant to Act 13 have risen to more than $400 million during the past two years.  Under Act 13 the majority of the money goes to counties and local governments, with the biggest beneficiaries understandably being those counties with the largest number of unconventional wells. … Read On

Trial Court Finds Mandamus Action Proper Means to Enforce OOR Final Determination Under Current Right-To-Know Law

Judge Terrence R. Nealon of the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas issued a decision on February 7, 2013 in Ledcke v. County of Lackawanna, No. 12 CV 6701, holding that a requester seeking to enforce a Final Determination of the OOR should do so by a Complaint in Mandamus or, possibly a motion for civil contempt. … Read On

Philadelphia Trial Court Holds that Metadata is a Public Record

A trial court in Philadelphia has concluded that metadata is subject to public disclosure under Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law (RTKL).  Scott v. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (Philadelphia C.C.P., 8/3/2012).  In that court’s opinion, an agency must honor a request to provide an electronic document in the format in which the document was originally created. Metadata is “information that provides information about other data.” … Read On

Five-Day Response Period of Agency Does Not Begin to Run Until Open Records Officer Receives Request

The Commonwealth Court held in a recent decision that the five-business day response period under Section 901 does not begin to run until the open-records officer receives the request.  Receipt of the request by any other officer or employee of the agency does not begin the response period.  In Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Office of the Governor v… Read On

Stephen Feinour Receives Rotary Award

Partner Stephen Feinour received the Robert D. Hanson Award from The Rotary Club of Harrisburg.  The award is annually bestowed upon a member for exemplary service and dedicated leadership to the Rotary Club and the greater Harrisburg community.  The award, named for Robert Hanson, a long time distinguished member of the Dauphin County Bar Association, was presented during the Rotary’s January 14th meeting… Read On

PUC General Assessment Factor Drops to 2007-2008 Fiscal Year Level

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s General Assessment Factor for the Railroad Transportation Group dropped about 10.5% this fiscal year over last, with payments on each $1,000 of intrastate revenue dropping from $15.08 to $13.47.  At the same time, the industry assessment factor in the current fiscal year is about the same as it was in 2007-2008… Read On

New Fiscal Cliff Deal Revives Charitable IRA Rollover

Many may remember the IRA charitable rollover, first introduced in 2006, that allowed individuals age 70½ and older to transfer as much as $100,000 per year from their traditional IRAs directly to qualified charities without first paying income tax on the distributions.  As an additional bonus, the “rollover” amounts counted toward the individual’s minimum annual distribution requirements. … Read On

Craig Staudenmaier Speaks to Municipal Planners about RTK

Managing Partner, Craig Staudenmaier, recently addressed the Lehigh Valley section of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planners Association (APA) on the state’s Right-to-Know (RTK) Law.  His presentation discussed public access to records dealing with planning issues including certain records of private businesses, which contract with municipalities. The APA is a diverse network of planners, commissioners, public officials… Read On

Nauman Smith Hosts CREDC Reception

Co-chairs Jim Nulton, PPL’s Regional Community Relations Director, and Sharon Ryan, President of Dasher, update guests on CREDC’s Capital Campaign On September 27, Nauman Smith hosted a reception in support of CREDC’s 2012 Capital Campaign.  The two-hour reception at the firm’s offices in the newly renovated Fulton Bank Building honored the hundreds of businesses and individuals who have contributed to the 2012 CREDC Campaign: Making a Difference that will support economic development in our region over the next four years… Read On

Nauman Smith Partner Named Best Lawyer

Nauman Smith Shissler and Hall, LLP, is pleased to announce that Managing Partner, Craig J. Staudenmaier, was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 in the field of Commercial Litigation. Craig concentrates his practice in the areas of state and federal litigation and media/Right-to-Know law. He routinely represents clients in all phases of the litigation process including mediation and arbitration… Read On


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