Citizens’ Rights to Government Information
Do you want to find out what your local, county and state governments are doing? Are they following the law or even their own regulations? Are there documents you need but are finding difficult to obtain?
On Monday, September 17, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., the N.J. Foundation for Open Government will present a free seminar on the N.J. Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and the N.J. Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA). It will be held at the Monroe Township Public Library at 4 Municipal Plaza in Middlesex County. Directions to the library can be found at monroetwplibrary.org.
The seminar will be presented by John Paff and Walter Luers, Esquire. John Paff is a well-known, tireless advocate for open government and transparency in New Jersey. He has frequently exposed official misconduct and ethical violations.
Walter Luers is an attorney who specializes in OPRA and OPMA law. He is one of the state’s leading transparency lawyers. He has successfully represented clients in numerous OPRA lawsuits against public entities.
Speakers will explain the nuances of the law; what important cases give New Jersey residents an edge; and what strategies work best when people are trying to obtain everything from tax information, closed-session minutes and the details of state and local government. Past seminars have been praised by attendees who have learned how to take better control of their government.
Senator Loretta Weinberg, the co-sponsor of the OPRA and OPMA reform legislation, may make an appearance.
RSVP is not necessary, but helpful. For more information and registration, call 908-894-5656. The seminar is free, but a small donation is always appreciated.
Update: Some local news coverage of the upcoming event:
NJFOG is the only organization in New Jersey with the sole mission of protecting and expanding public access to government records and meetings. Founded in 2000 and formally incorporated in July 2001, it is a statewide coalition of organizations and individuals who support open government. NJFOG is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and a member of the National Freedom of Information Coalition. It is governed by an elected board of directors representing both organizational and individual members.