GRC says No to rule extending the window for reconsideration based on new evidence

Nine months after formally petitioning the Government Records Council (GRC) to expand the window for requesting reconsideration of a GRC decision when new evidence surfaces, NJFOG received word this week that the GRC has declined to change their procedure. The Continue Reading →

Closed session minutes were not typed up, Kearny Clerk admits

Records requestors seeking minutes of non-public (closed or executive) session meetings often encounter roadblocks, from outright denials to delays to complete redactions. And in some cases, minutes are just a few lines long consisting of boiler plate language that offers Continue Reading →

Mercer County Judge rules unapproved minutes are exempt from OPRA

Mercer County Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson ruled on July 12, 2016 that the Government Records Council’s (GRC) unapproved meeting minutes are exempt from disclosure because they are pre-decisional and deliberative. The ruling agrees with the GRC’s decision in the Continue Reading →

GRC’s Parave-Fogg decision challenged to bring unapproved minutes under OPRA

The GRC decided in Parave-Fogg v. Lower Alloways Creek Township that public meeting minutes are exempt from OPRA as “inter-agency, intra-agency advisory, consultative, or deliberative material” until they are approved by the public body. This often results in unreasonable delays Continue Reading →

Lawsuit argues that 3-yr old, unapproved, public meeting minutes are not “deliberative”

Many people who have sought public meeting minutes have heard the familiar refrain, “the minutes are not approved for release.” That would seem to imply that failure of a governing body to adopt a set of minutes could forever block Continue Reading →