Court to review Housing Authority’s OPMA violations

UPDATE (8/20/2015) – The summary judgment hearing scheduled for 08/21/15 has been CANCELLED.  Judge Hely will decide the matter on the papers submitted. UPDATE (8/22/2015) – See bottom of this post for the list of case documents to date. UPDATE (9/9/2015) – The trial court ruled Continue Reading →

Summit Housing Authority sued for public meeting and records violations

UPDATE (8/22/2015) – See bottom of this post for the list of case documents to date. — Press Release July 9, 2015 For immediate release CONTACT: New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (NJFOG) http://njfog.org/contact/ The Housing Authority used to keep minutes for its non-public Continue Reading →

NJFOG wins judgments against Trenton school board

This is a good article about the issues in the NJFOG v. Trenton School Board case, which highlights the systemic issues with regard to Open Public Meetings Act compliance statewide.  –NJFOG N.J. open records group wins judgments against Trenton school Continue Reading →

NJFOG wins its OPMA case against the Trenton School Board

The New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (NJFOG) filed a lawsuit (Docket No. MER-L-11-15) against the Trenton Board of Education earlier this year.  The suit involves multiple violations of the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and Open Public Meetings Act Continue Reading →

Court requires Spring Lake Heights to keep better meeting minutes and release them sooner

(credit:  Walter Luers) We wanted to share with you the successful results of an Open Public Meetings Act lawsuit that was filed by a person in Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey.  The name of the lawsuit is Crippen v. Spring Continue Reading →

League of Municipalities called “a bad partner,” blamed for halting OPMA and OPRA reform

Disappointingly, OPMA and OPRA reform bills S781 and S782, which were scheduled for a 6/23 vote by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, were pulled from the Committee’s agenda.  This follows multiple revisions and intense negotiations by many interested parties.  Continue Reading →

TUESDAY, JUNE 23: OPMA, OPRA reform bills S781, S782 on legislative agenda!

UPDATE (6/24/15):  The bills were pulled from the Committee agenda on 6/23.  Your calls and letters are needed!  Please see:  http://njfog.org/2015/06/24/letter-generator-one-easy-step-for-strong-opma-opra-reform-lets-keep-the-pressure-on/ — New Jersey OPMA and OPRA reform bills, S781 and S782 respectively, are on the Senate Budget and Appropriations Continue Reading →