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Urgent Action Needed to Save OPRA

The Montgomery News | Posted May 8,2024


Legislation poised to gut New Jersey's Open Public Records Act (OPRA) is back. Despite consistent public opposition, S2930 / A4045 is scheduled for a committee hearing this Thursday, May 9. 


OPRA is a state law that was enacted to give the public greater access to government records maintained by public agencies in New Jersey.

 

"New Jersey lawmakers are not backing down from their attempts to roll back government transparency and limit public access to public records. We aren't backing down either," according to Jesse Burns, executive director of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey.


Montgomery Township OPRA request form

Montgomery Township's OPRA request form.


"The amended version of the bill still significantly weakens OPRA and limits public access by gutting, fee-shifting, putting additional burdens on the public and creating unnecessary hurdles," Burns said. "At the same time, the legislation does not create any real reform that would make it more efficient, easier, and faster to access records to help understand government activity and hold government accountable." 

 

Protect OPRA

ACTION STEPS TO DEFEND OPRA:


  1. SHOW UP AND BE HEARD: Attend Thursday's Committee Meeting and Testify. Let us know you are coming and request additional information here!           

  2. APPLY PRESSURE: Call your legislators and urge them to vote no! Use this call script to make your case.

  3. EMAIL YOUR LEGISLATORS: bit.ly/protectopra. Visit our social media pages @lwvnj to share the action alert with your networks. 

  4. STAY READY: A4045 will also be scheduled for a committee hearing in the Assembly. This could happen as early as Monday, May 13. 

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