West Milford Council opposes changes to New Jersey’s public records access

From NorthJersey.com:

The New Jersey Senate and Assembly members were urged in a resolution passed by the Township of West Milford Council on Aug. 15 to look at and weigh input from local government authorities and to abide by the concept of State mandate State pay. Two additional resolutions sent to the legislators oppose changes to the Open Public Records Act and the Open Public Meetings Act.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for July 6, 2012

A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week:

Reverse surveillance: ACLU-NJ’s police tape app lets you secretly record any video interactions with cops

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New Jersey’s inscrutable open-records umpire

From Philly.com

TRENTON — William Scott Jr. was concerned about a housing development being built near his Montclair home by a politically connected nonprofit. He filed an open records request to try to figure out how the nonprofit secured a big government construction grant from Essex County, even though it applied past the deadline.

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Fair Lawn Council opposes changes to Open Public Records Act

From NorthJersey.com:

The governing body opposed revisions to the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) over claims the legislation would make government "less effective."

An open government activist, however, contends that the borough has raised "non-issues" and "red herrings" in order to mislead the public.

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