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Senator Loretta Weinberg Champions the Public’s Right for Transparency in Government

Legislative efforts to strengthen the state’s Open Public Meetings Act and the Open Public Records Act have met significant resistance from New Jersey municipalities. The amendments, proposed by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, D-Teaneck, are intended to update the New Jersey open records laws and bring them in line with

Who Were The People Responsible For NJ Congressional Redistricting in 2012?

Democrats in New Jersey experienced their greatest loss since the defeat of Governor John Corzine in this month’s primary.  Congressional redistricting resulted in a divisive Democratic Primary between two incumbent Congressmen in the 9th Congressional District and the expected loss of one Democratic member of Congress from the New Jersey

Stand Up and Be Counted: How Population Shifts Impact New Jersey Elections

While many don’t give a second thought to the government census forms that arrive in their mailboxes every ten years, they have a profound effect on our political representation. Both congressional apportionment and redistricting must be undertaken after each U.S. census to reflect population changes over the past decade. In

New Jersey Supreme Court Upholds Limitations on Paid Sick Leave

The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that the state can limit how much school administrators can get for unused sick leave. The lawsuit challenged the constitutionality of New Jersey public employee compensation regulations that cap the payment for accumulated sick time for certain school administrators at $15,000. As reported by the Star-Ledger,

Practice of “Sequencing” Comes Under Fire in Rutgers Open Meeting Case

The New Jersey Supreme Court is currently considering whether Rutgers University broke New Jersey law when its Board of Governors met privately to discuss the university’s football program. Because it is a state institution, Rutgers is subject to New Jersey’s Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and must follow certain rules

Is Your Town Ready to Comply With NJ’s New Environmental Remediation Rules?

Sweeping changes to the way contaminated sites are remediated in New Jersey are taking place this spring. To comply with the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA), municipalities and government entities must hire New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs) for remediation work.   The deadlines imposed by the New Jersey Department

Should New Jersey Municipalities Avoid Adopting Model Ordinances?

Think tanks, lobbyists and special interests that draft model ordinances legislation have made news recently because of N.J. Governor Chris Christies repeated denials that he may have used one of them for some of the initiatives he touts as his own.  This has some state and local elected officials questioning

Does New Jersey’s Proposed Internet Gambling Law Sidestep Constitutional Challenges?

Legislation to legalize Internet gambling in New Jersey is moving forward. On March 5, the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee voted 3-0 in favor of the bill. Unlike the prior version of the bill introduced last year, the current legislation is designed to sidestep the need