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By George M. Morris on July 30, 2020
With Public Pressure Mounting, NJ Seeks to Update Access to Police Records

In the wake of nationwide protests stemming from the tragic death of George Floyd and the subsequent calls across the country to both defund police departments and reform their practices, access to real time information regarding police activities has rapidly gained momentum.

By George M. Morris on July 1, 2019
Hold the Phone - Should Cell Phones be Allowed in Public Meetings?

The biggest threat I have with my kids is to take away their phones. Now, apparently a New Jersey Mayor feels the same way, trying to confiscate phones during public meetings.

By George M. Morris on June 18, 2019
Let’s Be Clear – Avoiding Public Records Pitfalls by Being Specific

Public records requests remain a minefield of issues for both the custodian and the requestor. Custodians must follow a step-by-step process to ensure compliance with the law and requestors must be specific or they may not obtain the documents they seek.

By George M. Morris on April 8, 2019
Accessing State Funding Programs through Municipal Improvement Districts

Local businesses within a commercial corridor looking to revitalize the economic, physical, and social value of its business should encourage their respective municipality to form Improvement Districts (“ID”).

By George M. Morris on August 15, 2018
NJ Supreme Court Gives Teeth to the Criminal Investigatory Record Exception under the Open Public Records Act

George Morris and Daniel Davidow discuss another recent ruling by the NJ Supreme Court on OPRA, this time regarding police department documents. 

By George M. Morris on June 1, 2018
In a “Win” for Public Entities, New Jersey Supreme Court Opts Not to Hear Payroll Case

OPRA Counsel George Morris explains the recent New Jersey Supreme Court refusal to hear an appellate court case on privacy concerns regarding public records.

By George M. Morris on May 17, 2018
Open Public Records Act Requestors Do Not Need To Be NJ Residents or Businesses

Yesterday, the New Jersey Appellate Division resolved the long-standing question of whether the Open Public Records Act only required responses to records requests from New Jersey residents. 

By George M. Morris on April 12, 2018
Open Public Records Act: Retention and Destruction Basics

Municipal and Government attorney, George Morris explains how to retain and destroy public records properly and avoid liability. 

By George M. Morris on February 21, 2018
Opacity versus Transparency: Redactions In OPRA Responses

Parker McCay attorney and statewide public records lecturer George Morris shares his thoughts on the effect of redacting public records on Boards of Education in this entry of the Public Schools and Education blog.

By Andrew W. Li, George M. Morris on November 30, 2016
Secure Your Security Cameras from OPRA Requests

The Open and Public Records Act ("OPRA") was enacted as a tool to promote transparency in New Jersey government and municipal operations, but as with any tool, OPRA can be subject to misuse.

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