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Advocates Sound Off on OPRA Changes

November 24, 2023 | njspotlightnews.org








Advocates from the New Jersey Working Families Party, League of Women Voters of New Jersey and the American Civil Liberties Union are sounding the alarm on a series of bills that will dramatically restrict Open Public Records (OPRA) requests in the state. Advocates say it will restrict the accessibility of government documents and transparency for countless New Jerseyans. Read More: Click Here NJ SEED: “Government under glass” a term coined during the Byrne Administration is predicated on the publics’ right to know what their elected representatives and government bureaucrats are doing. When both houses of the legislature and the governor’s office are in control of the same party it is too easy to place additional cumbersome rules on the ability of the public to access government records. The legislature should be urged to move with great caution when considering proposals to add restrictions to OPRA.

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