Are the email addresses of community members who email municipal officials or employees required to be disclosed under OPRA? The answer is not a simple yes or no, but two recently decided cases provide some additional guidance.
Battle over Second Amendment continues in NJ
Depending upon legislative intent, and the context within which the words are used, there can be a big difference between the word “shall” and the word “may.”
On November 16, 2021, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) announced a redesigned Community Energy Plan Grant Program, which significantly simplifies the application process and places a greater emphasis on equity and environmental justice.
In 2020, Money Magazine ranked Mount Laurel Township one of the best places to live in America considering its schools, transportation, access, and mix of corporate businesses and residential homes. It is the place to be, and today, that includes individuals and families from all socio-economic levels.
On February 22, 2021, Governor Murphy signed three expansive pieces of legislation that create the framework for the sale and consumption of recreational cannabis in the State. The new law creates a laundry list of action items that must be addressed by municipal governing bodies within specified time frames.
The New Jersey Appellate Division issued a decision on January 12, 2021, in the matter of Chris Doe v. Rutgers University, which offers some clarity to the obligation of school districts to respond to certain Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”) requests for student 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.
We keep hearing that 5G networks are coming to municipalities as necessary to the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) and as a significant improvement to our past mobile networks.
In a shift from past opinions, a recent Appellate Division decision provides municipalities and their police departments’ protection from Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”) litigation for certain records produced by police officers but ultimately maintained by the judiciary through an electronic system.