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June 28, 2017

Legislative Alert

Re:       OPRA & OPMA Bills before Senate Budget on Thursday

Dear Mayor:

Notice was just given that the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee will consider S-1045, tomorrow. This bill makes various changes to the Open Public Meetings Act, to provide the public with greater access to meetings and information about meetings. Also on the agenda is S-1046, which makes certain access changes to the Open Public Records Act; establishes a State public finance website; creates a program for development of local websites; and makes an appropriation.  We have also been informed that the bills will be amended.  The League will provide you an analysis of the amendments in the upcoming days.

We suggest you contact the members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee to express your concerns with the costs and administrative burdens that might still be included in this legislation.

The respective Assembly companion legislation, A-2699 and A-2697, are referenced to the Assembly Judiciary Committee.  We do not anticipate the Assembly bills will be considered before the summer recess.


Senator Paul A. Sarlo, Chair                                 (201) 804-8118

Senator Brian P. Stack, Vice-Chair                     (201) 721-5263

Senator Jennifer Beck                                           (732) 933-1591

Senator Anthony R. Bucco                                 (973) 627-9700

Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez                              (856) 541-1251

Senator Sandra B. Cunningham                (201) 451-5100

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan                              (908) 757-1677

Senator Linda R. Greenstein                        (609) 395-9911

Senator Kevin J. O’Toole                                 (973) 237-1360         

Senator Steven V. Oroho                                    (973) 300-0200

Senator Teresa M. Ruiz                                         (973) 484-1000

Senator Samuel D. Thompson                     (732) 607-7580

Senator Jeff Van Drew                                  (609) 465-0700

Contact:  Lori Buckelew, Senior Legislative Analyst, 609-695-3481 ext. 112 or

Very truly yours,

Michael F. Cerra
Assistant Executive Director






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