OPRA Narrowing

The effectiveness of New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA) is being threatened by recent judicial decisions, including one yesterday, as explained by USA Today…

A state appeals court ruled Wednesday that government agencies in New Jersey may deny access to public records by saying they can “neither confirm nor deny” their existence.

With the appeals court’s ruling, New Jersey has become the second state to adopt as law what one veteran media lawyer called “a broad and damaging secrecy tool” that the U.S. government first used during the Cold War to protect its national security interests. The other state, Indiana, has authorized “neither confirm nor deny” responses through statute, not through a court ruling.

and Bruce Rosen, Esq:

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by steve on September 1, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Shades of howard huges—-is any one looking for a ruskie submarine again ?—one thing I love about to-days sudo lawmakers is how they can re-purpose a law for their own needs–is there any way to start from scratch again?

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