Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Please take a moment to urge your State Senator to support open government.

Following is my letter to Senator Bob Smith who represents my home town in the New Jersey Senate.  Please go to the New Jersey Legislature's website, find the Senator that represents your town and then and urge him or her to support S781 and S782.

June 9, 2015
Dear Senator Smith:
via e-mail to senbsmith@njleg.org
Would you please support S781 and S782 and help get them through the legislative process?  The bills, which would strengthen New Jersey's Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), were heard before the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee yesterday (June 8, 2015) but no vote was taken, mainly due to opposition by the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, New Jersey School Boards Association and other organizations that seek to to maintain the status quo. Details on the bills, including copies of the most recent version of the amendments, are on the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government's website here. 
After reviewing the bills, I'm sure that you'll agree that the League's concern about the bills' "costs and practicality" are greatly exaggerated and that the bills, as amended, will bring much needed, common-sense improvements to both the OPRA and OPMA.
I look forward to hearing from you on this important matter.
Very truly yours,
John Paff
1605 Amwell Rd
Somerset, NJ  08873
732-873-1251
paff@pobox.com




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