Should elected officials be allowed to phone in to public meetings?

Allowing the members of a public body to attend its public meetings by phone is a practice increasingly mired in controversy. Should it be legal in other than emergency or special circumstances? Certainly, members of the public can’t do it Continue Reading →

State board denies NJFOG’s request to improve handling of ethics complaints

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release March 29, 2016   The State Local Finance Board (LFB) has rejected a Petition for Rulemaking submitted by the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (NJFOG) that sought changes to the Board’s procedure for handling 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 →

Mayor: Bloomfield subpoenaed in councilman’s bribery case

Following news of bribery charges involving a Bloomfield Councilman, the Council is planning to adopt a local pay-to-play law (hopefully stronger than the state law) and form a local Ethics Commission. Ethics is a hot topic these days. Search our website Continue Reading →

NJFOG seeks changes in how ethics complaints are handled

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release On August 31, 2015, the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government, Inc. (NJFOG) submitted a formal Petition for Rulemaking to the Local Finance Board (LFB) within the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA). (The Continue Reading →

NJ Legislature Mulls Ethics Code Overhaul – Bill S729

UPDATE (2/5/16): The bill was re-introduced in the 2016-2017 session as S342 / A943. — Few can argue that the proper handling of ethics matters is an integral part of open, transparent government.  Thus, it may interest our readers to Continue Reading →