Author: John G. Geppert, Jr.

NJ Appeals Court Rules Electronic School Board Vote Didn’t Violate OPMA

In Schwartz v. Princeton Board of Education, the New Jersey Appellate Division held that a board of education properly cast votes using an electronic voting system… In Schwartz v. Princeton Board of Education, the New Jersey Appellate Division held that a board of education properly cast votes using an electronic voting system. According to the appeals

Split NJ Supreme Court Rules Student Records Not Subject to Disclosure Under OPRA

In L.R. v. Camden City Public School District,the Supreme Court of New Jersey addressed the extent to which school districts must provide information to requestors on settlement agreements with parents of special education students under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and the New Jersey Public Records Act (NJPRA). The six participating justices

New Jersey Senate Committee Advances PILOT Legislation

The New Jersey Senate is currently considering legislation that would impose new obligations on municipalities that grant long-term tax exemptions. Under the proposed bill, municipalities would be required to share funds collected under payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreements with school districts. As we have previously discussed on the Scarinci Hollenbeck Government & Law

Proposed Bill Codifies NJ’s Leave Donation Policy

New Jersey’s leave donation policy could soon become state law. The state Senate recently approved legislation that would allow state employees to donate their unused sick or vacation leave time to co-workers who may need it.  “This bill codifies a process that allows state employees to help one another by

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NJ Supreme Court Rules Public Auction Records Subject to OPRA

In William J. Brennan v. Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA) compels the disclosure of documents including the names and addresses of persons who successfully bid at an auction of public property. The court’s decision is particularly

NJ Court Expands OPRA Access to Settlements Involving Public Entities

In Evening Journal Ass’n v. City of Bayonne & Robert F. Sloan, a New Jersey judge held that sealed settlements involving public entities may be subject to disclosure under the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA).  Facts of the Case The OPRA case sprung from a civil lawsuit filed against

NJ Appeals Court Rules NJSPCA Subject to OPRA

The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) must comply with the state’s Open Public Records Act, according to the Appellate Division. The decision in Wronko v. New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals highlights that quasi-public organizations often have obligations under OPRA.