31 Jan: Weinberg Re-Introduces Open Government Bills

TRENTON – Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg yesterday reintroduced bills she had sponsored in the last legislative session to overhaul and modernize New Jersey’s Open Public Meetings Act and Open Public Records Act, in order to improve government transparency in the Garden State.

“The public has a reasonable expectation to transparency from government, and while New Jersey has, in the past, led the charge nationally in adopting public records and meeting laws, it’s time that we update and expand those laws to stay ahead of new trends in technology,” said Senator Weinberg, D-Bergen. “In the Digital Age, our current laws governing public meetings and records requests have fallen behind the times, and have created large gaps in transparency. It’s time to correct the deficiencies in the law, and bring OPRA and the Sunshine Law into the 21st Century.”