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 →

Can meeting minutes be 100% redacted? Appellate Court to weigh in.

UPDATE (3/4/2017): The Appellate Division ruling will be available online after 10 a.m. on Monday, March 6, 2017. See the “unpublished opinions” in the right-hand column on the Judiciary’s web site HERE. — When providing copies of closed (or executive) Continue Reading →

Princeton Council criticized for not revealing closed session agenda

Governing bodies all too frequently enter closed session without disclosing the specific topics to be discussed as required by the OPMA. News site Planet Princeton criticizes the Princeton Council for this ongoing practice and states “officials don’t seem to care Continue Reading →

Lumberton public records go missing … a second time

UPDATE (8/17/15) – Judge Marc M. Baldwin will preside over the hearing in Paff v. Lumberton.  The hearing is currently scheduled for September 4, 2015. UPDATE (8/18/2015) – Click here for a Burlington County Times news story on this topic.  According Continue Reading →

Court finds that Summit Housing Authority violated OPRA

UPDATE (8/22/2015) – See bottom of this post for the list of case documents to date. — Press Release July 16, 2015 For immediate release CONTACT: New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (NJFOG) http://njfog.org/contact/ Union County Superior Court Judge James Hely issued Continue Reading →

Montague Township Board of Education needs to improve meeting notice and opportunity for public participation

Meeting sequencing – going in and out of open & closed sessions at a public meeting – is not uncommon, but is it fair? A 2.5-hour closed session at the April 29, 2015 Montague Township school board meeting resulted in Continue Reading →

Judge: Island Heights school board violated law

The following is press coverage of NJFOG’s Island Heights case.  NJFOG treasurer John Paff is quoted.  -NJFOG Asbury Park Press September 2, 2014 by Kathleen Hopkins (full article here and re-posted below) ISLAND HEIGHTS – The Island Heights Board of Continue Reading →