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Public Employees Cannot Escape OPRA by Using Personal Email Accounts

News broke this week that Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used her personal email account to conduct government business while she was Secretary of State.  Unfortunately, this practice occurs quite frequently at the local levels of government and it has the potential to undermine government transparency, as it allows public officials to conduct public business behind closed doors. 370 more words

OPRA Q&As

Selective Transparency


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Jeb Bush released 250,000 pieces of email chat that he wouldn’t mind the electorate seeing leaving Chris Christie with few options to upstage him beyond releasing any Jerry Jones emails or a list of porn sites he’s visited, whichever he deems less embarrassing, but this selective openness misses the point as to what citizens should have a right to see. 94 more words

Media

OPRA Denied

Note: This blog was almost entirely written as of 10:40 this morning.  It is posted now with only a change in the second work of the blog title (it could be either Denied, Delayed, or Completed) and the link (or lack of one) in the last word of this blog in anticipation of receiving some communication from the NJ Government Records Access Unit (GRAU). 214 more words

New Jersesy Pension

ELEC announces schedule for release of 3rd quarter reports

TRENTON – The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) announced its schedule for the release of third quarter reports on Thursday.

On Friday, October 17, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., the third quarterly report of the State Political Party Committees and the Leadership Committees, filed on or before October 15, 2014, will be available for public inspection on the… 159 more words

Trenton

Raven-Symone doesn't want to be labeled as 'African-American'

I’m an American — I’m not an African-American. … I don’t know where my roots go to. I don’t know how far back they go. … And.

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Celebrities

May I Request Public Employee’s emails?

Many clients ask whether the emails sent to or from a public employee or public official are subject to the Open Public Records Act (OPRA).  The answer is yes – if the email would be considered a “government record,” if it had been sent via snail mail or some other method of correspondence, then it is subject to OPRA. 248 more words

OPRA Q&As

Can I Request Attorney Bills?

Some public agencies routinely deny access to invoices for attorney services, claiming that such bills contain information protected by the attorney-client privilege.  OPRA, however, specifically mandates that these bills must be made available in response to an OPRA request.  209 more words

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