Sunday, March 16, 2008

Happy Sunshine Week

The Open Public Meetings Act is one of the citizens' best tools in finding out what elected officials are doing with public funds and how well they are upholding the public trust. The governing body as well as boards and commissions must give public notice of when and where they are meeting, with some indication of the topics. My reading of the daily newspaper starts with the legal notices and often big news is heralded by tiny legal notices.
The New Jersey Foundation for Open Government is holding events in Trenton and Newark to mark Sunshine Week. Get details here.
John Paff is perhaps the most relentless Sunshine Law activist in New Jersey. Click here for an interview with him.
This blog was started to help bridge the gap between the legal minimum of governmental compliance with public notice laws and the citizens' right to know in more practical terms. We will continue to alert the public to what turns up in those eensie-weensie legal notices.

--Bernice Paglia


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