Lawrence School Board over-redacted its closed meeting minutes

Records requestors are often given redacted (i.e. black-lined) versions of the minutes from their town council’s or school board’s closed or executive meetings. Sometimes, the redactions are explained only by a vague description such as “on-going litigation” while other times 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 →

Municipal clerk sues over exclusion from executive sessions

Hapatcong’s Clerk claims that she was excluded from certain executive session meetings at which the council discussed an internal complaint filed by her and other municipal employees. Her complaint states that her exclusion from those meetings “makes it impossible for 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 →

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 →

Advocate takes issue with school board minutes

Open government activist John Paff finds that Spotswood’s executive session minutes fall short of OPMA requirement. -NJFOG Sentinel | gmnews.com Feb. 13, 2014 By THOMAS CASTLES Staff Writer (full article here and re-posted below) SPOTSWOOD — A letter from an open-government Continue Reading →