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Open records law presentation in Ridgewood Nov. 8

Editors note: This event was originally planned for Nov. 2. It has been rescheduled for Nov. 8. Details below. 

Government transparency is the topic of the League of Women Voters of Ridgewood at a presentation by New Jersey Foundation for Open Government from 6 to 7:45 p.m.

 Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Ridgewood Village Hall.

The speakers for “It’s All About Transparency” are Walter Luers of NJ FOG and special guest Sen. Loretta Weinberg. Sen. Weinberg has recently introduced bills to update the Open Public Records Act and the Open Public Meetings Act.

At this event, you can learn about submitting an OPRA request and the process for announcing public meetings

Ridgewood Village Hall is at 131 N. Maple Ave., Ridgewood. The event is free and no registration is required. For more information, email RidgewoodLWV@gmail.com

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Learn about NJ’s sunshine laws

In honor of Sunshine week, our friends at the NJ Foundation for Open Government are holding a free open government seminar in Camden County on Monday, March 13, 2017 from 7-9 p.m. at the Bellmawr Baptist Church, 328 Creek Road, Bellmawr. The discussion will focus on New Jersey’s Open Public Records and Meetings Acts (OPRA and OPMA).  Attorney Walter Luers, who specializes in OPRA and OPMA matters, will be speaking. Handouts and light refreshments will be provided. Be sure to bring your questions. To register, click here. For more information, email NJFOG at info@njfog.org or call 732-992-6550.…

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Sept. 20: Free Forum on NJ open records and open meetings laws

Our friends at that New Jersey Foundation for Open Government will be hosting a discussion on the state’s open records and open meetings laws from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 228 High St., Perth Amboy.

The event is free, and will feature open government advocate John Paff and Walter Luers, a New Jersey attorney who specializes in public records cases. Light refreshments will be provided.

To register, click here.

For more information, send an email to info@njfog.org or call 732-992-6550.…

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Weinberg pulls transparency bills

Legislative alert_158x57Bad news for open government.

Noting there were not enough votes to get the two bills that would update the state’s sunshine laws out of committee, State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) took both bills off the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee agenda today.

Weinberg, who said she had spent  “a long two years” working with parties on both sides of the issue to come up with proposed language to update the state Open Records Act (OPRA) and the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), took the NJ League of Municipalities to task for constantly moving the goal posts during negotiations. “I want to say very publicly they have been bad partners in this endeavor,” she said.

Weinberg thanked her co-sponsor state Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Montville),  the NJ Press Association, the ACLU of NJ, the Municipal Clerks Association, NJ Foundation for Open Government, the League of Women Voters and the editorial staffs of The Star-Ledger and The Record for their support.

The upshot is that the OPRA and OPMA bills are off the table for this year.

Maybe next year?…

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