Open records law is first Port Authority reform legislation to take effect

By Steve Strunsky
NJ Advance Media for
June 30, 2015
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TRENTON — Bi-state legislation subjecting the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to the public records laws of both states has been signed by Gov. Chris Christie, making it the first Port Authority reform legislation to take effect following the George Washington Bridge Lane closure scandal.

“Hopefully, it’s the first in a line of many,” said Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-Monmouth), a co-sponsor of the records legislation, and of a pending bill calling for changes to the Port Authority leadership structure, financial reporting requirements, whistle blower protections and other reforms.

An identical version of the records bill had already been signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, so Monday’s signing by Christie made it law in both states, a requirement for Port Authority legislation to take effect.

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