Want to learn more about how to make a proper OPRA request and what records you can access? Want to ensure your town better complies with public meeting rules?
Join the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government at the Cranford Community Center the evening of April 26th for a discussion of the state’s open public records and meetings laws (OPRA and OPMA). This event is being provided at no cost to attendees thanks to our sponsor, the Union County Watchdog Association (UCWA).
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New Jersey's highest court is weighing whether police departments should be given broad discretion over which documents to release under the state's public records laws.
News organizations and civil liberties advocates say a decision in the case, which involves records from a police shooting requested by a media company, will have broad implications for transparency in New Jersey.
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The city of Bayonne, New Jersey, has admitted that it didn't clearly explain why it denied part of an open public records request and will be paying $5,000 in legal fees to resolve a lawsuit over the matter.
The city's Feb. 22 admission comes about a month after it said in an opposition brief that it "provided an appropriate and lawful response" to the request.
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A New Jersey appeals court ruled in favor of Gov. Chris Christie's office Thursday in a dispute over a reporter's request for the governor's out-of-state travel expense records.
The three-judge panel held reporter Mark Lagerkvist's request exceeded the limits of New Jersey's Open Public Records Act.
Last year, Lagerkvist requested records of Christie's travel to third-party-funded events, including who paid for his travel. The records custodian said it was not specific enough and denied the request.
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We have the right to know what our government is up to. It's the law.
But public officials in New Jersey have been finding new ways to avoid complying with sunshine laws and open-government advocates fear this may have a chilling effect on holding the powerful accountable.
Among recent examples:
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Press Release — The drafters of New Jersey's Open Public Records Act wisely required records custodians, absent a good reason, to either grant or deny access to requested records within seven business days. Without a hard deadline, records requests could be stalled indefinitely.
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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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