Press Advisory: Open Public Meetings Act & Open Public Records Act REFORM

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.
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