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  • NJ A3930
  • Clarifies that requests for public records under open public records law may be made without use of official form and may be made by certain modes of transmission.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would clarify that a request for public records under the State's open public records law, commonly referred to as the "Open Public Records Act" (OPRA), may be made without the use of an official OPRA form, so long as it contains sufficient information, and may be transmitted in any manner currently provided for in OPRA. The bill would make it easier for the public to access public records, consistent with OPRA's stated policy that public records be readily accessible. Currently, OPRA provides that an OPRA request need only be made in writing and be hand-delivered, mailed, or transmitted electronically to a custodian, while also providing that an OPRA custodian may establish specific directions and procedures for requesting a record through an OPRA form. This has led to some ambiguity over whether custodians may require requestors to use official OPRA forms and to transmit OPRA requests by whatever modes may be prescribed in those forms. This bill would clarify that requestors need not use official OPRA forms or transmit OPRA requests as provided in those forms. Accordingly, an OPRA custodian would not be able to deny an OPRA request solely on these bases. This bill would not affect the ability or responsibility of OPRA custodians to deny OPRA requests for other reasons, such as safeguarding confidential information.
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Introduced, Referred to Assembly State and Local Government Committee  (on 6/20/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
6/20/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly State and Local Government Committee
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