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New Jersey State League of Municipalities

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The New Jersey State League of Municipalities (NJSLOM) is a lobbying association in New Jersey. 566 municipalities are members of the League. It was founded in 1915, and is supported by dues paid by cities, towns and villages. It is represented by the National League of Cities.[1]

Lobbying activities

According to NJSLOM's website, "Whether your municipality has a population of 300 or 300,000, it has a major stake in legislative deliberations in Trenton...Every bill pending before the Legislature which might affect localities is evaluated by the League’s 100-member Legislative Committee, and aggressively opposed or supported by the League’s lobbying team in concert with local officials around the state. The League’s position on the respective measures, which number close to 2,000 in the average session, is reported to officials in every community."

Records lawsuit against NJSLOM

In 2008, the Fair Share Housing Center, a housing activist organization, sued NJSLOM, arguing that since it is taxpayer-funded, its records should be open to the public under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act. Fair Share wants to look at the records because NJSLOM has been lobbying against affordable housing regulations supported by Fair Share.[2]

Judge Linda Feinberg, a state Superior Court judge, on June 2 set a hearing on the issue for July 18 in Trenton.

Kevin Walsh, attorney for Fair Share, cites Times of Trenton v. Lafayette Yard Community Development Group as a favorable precedent for the case he is making.

External links

References

  1. National League of Cities - State Municipal Leagues
  2. New Jersey Star-Ledger, "State League of Municipalities faces public records challenge," June 3, 2008