Pennsylvania Supreme Court hears appeal on firing of open records office head

Lawyers for Pennslyvania Gov. Tom Wolf this week tried to persuade the state Supreme Court that the governor was within his rights to undo the former governor's late-term appointment of a Republican legislative aide to head the state Office of Open Records.

A divided Commonwealth Court ruled in June that Wolf, a Democrat, had overstepped his authority in dismissing Erik Arneson, who had been a top aide to former Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi and who was involved in developing the state right-to-know law. Continue…