NJ Senate to vote on open public records bill this afternoon

From Planet Princeton:

(February 7, 2013) – The New Jersey Senate is slated to vote on changes to the State’s Open Public Records Act today that are supposed to provide citizens with more access to public records. But many open government advocates no longer support the bill because of a key change regarding legal fees. The New Jersey Press Association also opposes the legal fee change.

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Judges: N.J.’s open public records law doesn’t apply to Port Authority

From NorthJersey.com:

A two-judge panel ruled Thursday that the New Jersey’s open public records law does not apply to the Port Authority. The appellate judges affirmed a trial judge’s decision that the state doesn’t have the right to unilaterally impose a law on a bistate agency that also serves New York.

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Englewood Cliffs council looks into whether increasing cost of public records is legal

From North Jersey:

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS – Nearly three weeks after the borough council took steps to raise the cost of an open records request from 5 to 25 cents a page, residents are still paying the lower rate for copies of public records while the council finds out if the increase is legal.

“The next step is to find out if we can do it,” Council President Joseph Favaro said Wednesday.

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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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