New Jersey: State legislation to boost open records law gets hearing

Bills that would expand two government transparency laws to cover quasi-governmental agencies, like the New Jersey League of Municipalities and New Jersey School Boards Association, were the subject of an hourlong Senate committee hearing Monday.

The legislation would make changes to the state’s Open Public Meetings Act and the state’s Open Public Records Act, renaming it for longtime advocate Martin O’Shea, who died in 2009. One significant change to both measures is the expansion of the definition of a “public body,” which would cover groups like the League of Municipalities and, potentially, Choose New Jersey, a non-profit Christie helped create after taking office.  Continue>>>