HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s court system is telling county judges to make public information about candidates when filling government vacancies by appointment.

The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reported Sunday the state Supreme Court rule ends a years-long effort by the paper, prompted by its inability to get a list of 30 candidates seeking to fill a vacancy among the Lycoming County commissioners.

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The rule says that judges must release the list of candidates and application materials upon request.

The issue arose after Jeff Wheeland left the board to take a state House seat, and the paper was unable to get the list of the applicants being considered from President Judge Nancy Butts.

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Another judge subsequently ruled the records weren’t subject to disclosure.

The state’s Right-to-Know Law requires the courts to disclose only certain financial records.

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