Companies hijacking state’s Open Public Records Act for profit, municipal clerks say

Visit a municipal clerk's office and you will likely hear griping about the Open Public Records Act.

"We hate OPRAs here," a Kearny clerk's office employee muttered to a reporter for The Jersey Journal picking up a request for a list of all town salaries.

OPRA, enacted in 2001 by the state Legislature to replace the old Right to Know Law, allows anyone to fill out a form and receive certain public documents within seven business days, usually with the clerk acting as a go-between. Continue>>>