NJFOG: Atlantic County Judge says public agencies can’t sue under OPRA!

A judge in Atlantic County has just held that public agencies cannot sue records requestors for declarations that the records sought are not subject to the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). The court affirmed that only the requestor can sue under OPRA and awarded attorney’s fees to the defendant-requestor!

Click HERE to see the opinion and order in the case, Township of Hamilton v. Scheeler et al.  Continue>>>

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Transparency in N.J. Government: Legislation Aimed at Giving Taxpayers a Website to Track State Finances

http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/economy/transparency-in-nj-government-legislation-aimed-at-giving-taxpayers-a-website-to-track-state-financesThe “Transparency in Government Act,” sponsored by Assembly Republican Alison Littell McHose, cleared the Budget Committee on Monday.

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Advocate asks prosecutor for policy on municipal emails

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing a request by an open-government advocate to create a policy for the use of email communications by public officials that is consistent with the Open Public Meetings Act.

The request, made Jan. 23 by John Paff of the New Jersey Libertarian Party’s Open Government Advocacy Project, was prompted by controversy involving email exchanges among four members of the Eatontown Borough Council about a political appointment.

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