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Posted on: January 31, 2022

Recently Adopted Changes to Daniel's Law

In November of 2020, Governor Murphy signed Daniel’s Law, amending the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and other statutes intending to protect certain people in public service.  Despite its laudable goals Daniel’s Law, as initially adopted, created a variety of uncertainties and unintended consequences making implementation extremely challenging for local governments and their records custodians. With these concerns in mind, the legislature moved to adopt clean-up legislation to make the implementation of Daniel’s Law more reasonable. On January 12, 2022, Governor Murphy signed legislation amending Daniel’s Law, which became effective immediately and retroactive to December 10, 2021.
  
In response to a number of questions regarding Daniel’s Law and the recent amendments, the League has prepared a blog to provide additional information to our members. We hope you find this to be a helpful resource and encourage you to rely on your municipal attorney and other professionals for additional guidance on specific questions.
  
Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., Associate General Counsel, fmarshall@njlm.org, 609-695-3481, x137.

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