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OPRA / OPMA Sample Resolution

Release Date: November 08, 2019

Look Ahead to Lame Duck: OPRA/OPMA Blog Posts and Sample Resolution

 

Click here for Sample Resolution in Word Doc

 

A new blog has been posted, the fourth in a series of blog posts to detail the amendments proposed in S-106, which amends the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and S-107, which amends the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). This blog post, which primarily focuses on the proposed amendments in OPMA, details the current law and the proposed changes related to adequate notice, agenda items, and meeting requirements.  The other blog post series addressed prevailing attorney feessubcommittees, and definition of government records.

As we previously reported, Senator Weinberg recently noted that she has been working for more than two years to update the outdated Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and will continue to address them during lame duck, presumably through her bills S-106 (OPMA) and S-107 (OPRA). In response to this, the League and Municipal Clerks Association of New Jersey has prepared a sample resolution calling for a study commission to review the almost 20-year-old law. The sample resolution also asks for information on your municipal experience with OPRA, including the number of requests, approximate staff hours staff and attorney fees your municipality has incurred responding to OPRA requests.
 
We thank the municipalities that have already adopted the sample resolution. If you have not done so already, we respectfully request that you consider adopting the sample resolution and forward a copy to your State Senator, Assembly Representatives, as well as Senate President Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Coughlin, Senator Weinberg, and Governor Murphy.
 
Contact: Lori Buckelew, Senior Legislative Analyst, lbuckelew@njlm.org, 609-695-3481 x112.