The NFOIC open government blog is a compendium of original concepts and analysis as well as ideas, edited excerpts and materials from a variety of sources. When the information comes from another source, we will attribute it and provide a link. The blog relies on the accuracy and integrity of the original sources cited; we will correct errors and inaccuracies when we become aware of them.

For Advocate posts prior to July, 2011, visit http://foiadvocate.blogspot.com/.
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November 9, 2017 12:05 PM

The Illinois Attorney General’s Office has ruled that the city of Carlinville violated the Open Meetings Act by not giving advance notice of the Sept. 25 regional water meeting at which three city council representatives were in attendance. Read more...

November 9, 2017 11:53 AM

The Tallahassee City Commission voted 4-1 Wednesday to make available for free all public records the city has provided to a federal grand jury in connection with an ongoing public corruption investigation. Read more...

November 8, 2017 11:39 AM

The Clark County Commission voted Tuesday to appeal a District Court ruling that autopsy records are public.

Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak and Commissioner Jim Gibson cast the two dissenting votes against Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg’s request to appeal the ruling, which said the Las Vegas Review-Journal was entitled to the records. Read more...

November 8, 2017 10:48 AM

The Redding City Council later this month will weigh whether people who have a complaint or compliment about something not on a council meeting agenda can give that feedback earlier in the night.

Mayor Brent Weaver brought up the idea to reverse course on the more than 3-year practice of keeping that public comment period at the end of City Council meetings. Read more...

November 7, 2017 3:25 PM


Press Advisory
November 4, 2017

The facts about
S1045 & S1046

Open Public Meetings Act  &
Open Public Records Act
REFORM

In a move that runs counter to the public interest, local governing bodies are now adopting a resolution opposing legislation that would modernize and strengthen the state’s Open Public Meetings and Open Public Records Acts (OPMA and OPRA). While offering familiar excuses, the truth is that most government officials aren’t interested in expanding public oversight of their activities. Importantly, the resolution, which is nearly uniform from town to town, contains incorrect statements about the reform legislation (S1045 and S1046).

The New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (NJFOG) has compiled a point by point response to each incorrect statement in the resolution.  See NJFOG's website postor click here for a printable (PDF) version.

S1045 and S1046 amend the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and Open Public Records Act (OPRA), respectively.

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CONTACT:
Walter Luers, Esq.
Board Secretary
New Jersey Foundation for Open Government
info@njfog.org
201-892-4316
 

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You are invited to attend a free OPMA/OPRA presentation on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6:00 PM at Ridgewood Village Hall in Bergen County.  NJFOG officer Walter Luers, Esq. will be joined by guest speaker Senator Loretta Weinberg, who is the primary sponsor of reform legislation S1045 and S1046.  Click here for more information about this event.  

 

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The New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (NJFOG) is the only non-profit organization in the state dedicated solely to improving public access to governmental records and meetings. We work to educate the public about the Open Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act, to strengthen these laws, and to increase governmental compliance, transparency, and accountability.
Copyright © 2017 NJ Foundation for Open Government, All rights reserved.
 

November 7, 2017 10:32 AM

The College of Charleston is citing an interpretation of the state open records law that is rarely used so officials can conceal the name of a residence hall where a sexual assault was reported Oct. 27.

The public college has been refusing to release basic information about the case as required under the state's open records law, the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. Read more...

November 7, 2017 10:20 AM

The Supreme Court of New Jersey unanimously held that electronic metadata, including email fields for “sender,” “recipient,” “date,” and “subject,” pertaining to electronically stored public records are themselves subject to disclosure under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA). The ruling overturned an intermediate appellate court holding that such metadata amounted to the creation of a new document, exceeding the requirements of the OPRA. Read more...

November 7, 2017 10:07 AM

The Kentucky attorney general's office says the state House of Representatives violated the Open Meetings Act by holding a private meeting to discuss the state's pension systems. Read more...

November 6, 2017 11:28 AM

Twenty-two open government organizations are looking to help expand public access to information, and at the same time lessen the paperwork burden on agencies, through a petition for rulemaking to finalize the “release to one is a release to all” policy standard.

The petition calls on the Office of Management and Budget and the Justice Department’s Office of Information Policy to finalize a policy tied to the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016. The policy requires agencies to post online the information they release under a FOIA production. Read more...

November 6, 2017 11:21 AM

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and the Arkansas Press Association have published the 18th edition of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Handbook, which is now available online and in print. Read more...

November 6, 2017 10:47 AM

 

A new state audit says a Uintah County special service district that oversees transportation potentially violated open meetings laws on multiple occasions and had inadequate spending controls on payroll, credit cards, meals and travel. Read more...

November 3, 2017 12:40 PM

Amid an ongoing national discussion about shootings involving police, a bill in Wisconsin could limit access to footage recorded on police body cameras in the state. The Republican-sponsored legislation is headed to the state assembly after passing a committee on criminal justice and public safety on Nov 2, the Associated Press reported. Read more...

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