When bureaucrats are left to reform laws they always seem to be for their own convenience.
So it is with S1451 and S1452 which seeks to update New Jersey’s Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and Open Public Records Act (OPRA) respectively which have served New Jersey citizens* well to varying degrees. When I started getting into this government watchdogging about five years ago it was a chore to rustle up something as basic as a budget. Now budgets, audits, check registries, contracts, ordinances, resolutions, and more are online for most government entities and you can ‘OPRA’ practically anything else. That may soon change. Or, more to the point, that shall soon change.