Lawsuit filed over Arneson’s firing focuses on office’s independence, quasi-judicial function

In the latest in the saga over Gov. Tom Wolf’s firing of current/former Office of Open Records executive director Erik Arneson saw the Senate Republican Caucus file a lawsuit on his behalf Monday afternoon.

The lawsuit seeks a declaratory judgment for the caucus as to Arneson’s status and seeks to have the court use its powers of injunctive relief to place Arneson back at OOR’s helm.

In making their argument, the Senate Republicans offer that the OOR’s executive director is not subject to the governor’s at-will removal given the independent nature of the office and the quasi-judicial function of the office, both of which they claim courts have found act as checks on the governor’s authority to remove appointees. 

Monday, January 26, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

What might a legal challenge to Arneson’s removal look like?

Following yesterday’s removal of Erik Arneson as executive director of the Office of Open Records by Gov. Tom Wolf, the Wolf administration through spokesperson Jeff Sheridan confirmed to The PLS Reporter that the governor did so since the Office of General Counsel determined Arneson was an “at will” employee subject to the governor’s removal.

The PLS Reporter takes a look at what arguments might be used in any upcoming litigation on the matter.

Friday, January 23, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

Litigation to ensue from Arneson removal

Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday released a statement that his office has recalled all pending Corbett nominations requiring Senate confirmation along with the appointment of Erik Arneson as executive director of the Office of Open Records.

Thursday, January 22, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Arneson to take over Open Records Office for departing Mutchler

Arneson to take over Open Records Office for departing Mutchler

Gov. Tom Corbett announced Friday that departing Office of Open Records Executive Director Terry Mutchler will be replaced by Erik Arneson, communications and policy director for one-time Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Delaware).

Sen. Pileggi—along with Arneson—was one of the main architects of Pennsylvania’s Right-To-Know law.

The Office of Open Records Executive Director position is not subject to Senate confirmation and is appointed by the governor for a six-year term at a salary of $140,000 per year.

Friday, January 9, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Legislation Creating Offense for Sexual Assault by Sports Official Rapidly Making Way to Governor’s Desk

Having unanimously passed the House of Representatives last November, House Bill 112 by Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) got the same treatment in the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

According to Rep. Vereb, the bill establishes an offense graded as felony of the third degree, accompanied by a fine of up to a $15,000, for perpetrators “who chose to prowl on our youth athletes” who are 16 or 17 years of age.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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