Ask Governor Murphy To Veto Bad OPRA Bill

Take Action to tell Gov. Murphy: Veto legislation that erodes Open Public Records Act (note: you will need to select a category to finalize the submission, but none of the recommended categories really fit the letter so just pick one).

Last Monday, May 13, both the New Jersey State Senate and Assembly voted to send legislation to the Gov. Murphy to restrict public access to public information using the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). 

From AFTNJ:  Among the provisions in S2930/A4045, as outlined by NJ Spotlight News’ Colleen O’Dea:

• Requests would have to include the right amount of information; the bill provides that if a request includes more information than required and needs too much clarification or if it does not include all the information required, it can be denied.

• Obtaining letters, emails, text messages and social media postings would become much more difficult, with a requestor required to identify the person or job title, subject and “reasonable” time frame

• Special service charges imposed by agencies on requests they deem to involve extra time and effort would be considered “reasonable” and it would be up to the person making the request to prove otherwise if challenging any extra cost

N.J. Senate President Nicholas P. Scutari said this legislation will lead to “a savings of taxpayer dollars.” But if these companion bills become law, the public will pay a steep price if they don’t have access to vital information on how our government, our elected officials and our agencies function.

Send a letter to Gov. Murphy urging him to veto S2930/A4045

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Since time is of the essence, please also call the Governor’s office and make your objections known. 

Call the Governor’s office at (609) 292-6000 and urge him to VETO the OPRA bill.