New Jersey transparency legislation
Transparency legislation proposed in New Jersey.
A new report by the New Jersey Comptroller's Office found more than a third of New Jersey’s independent local authorities and commissions do not have websites, and only 3 percent of them post financial reports online.According to the Associated Press the Comptroller’s Office "analyzed the level of online transparency of the state’s 587 independent local authorities and commissions that together spend more than $5 billion of public money annually and have more than $5 billion in public debt." Only seven agencies satisfied the Comptroller's transparency parameters.
State Sen. Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen, has called for legislation that would require government agencies to post financial information online and compel compliance with the state’s Open Public Records and Meetings acts.
Sen. Loretta Weinberg is proposing to revamp the state's 1975 New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, which regulates how governments hold public meetings. "The advancement of new technologies has raised questions not envisioned when the Legislature adopted the measure three decades ago," said Weinberg during a Sunshine Week NJ FOG sponsored event. The bill she is sponsoring is Senate Bill 1548 (Identical to Assembly Bill 2841).
Assemblyman Joseph Cryan is sponsoring legislation to limit copying fees for public documents. "This bill represents a fair and equitable solution that would ensure all citizens have access to public records regardless of their financial ability to access them," said Cryan during a Sunshine Week NJ FOG sponsored event. The bill he is sponsoring is Assembly Bill 1095.
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