Bill to overhaul public records law fails to advance

Legislation aimed at expanding New Jersey’s open public records and meetings legislation failed to get enough support at a state Senate hearing and has been held.

Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg said Tuesday she was disappointed in the outcome and blamed the failure on the influential League of Municipalities for opposing it. The league has been critical of the legislation raising concerns that the legislation may result in costly lawsuits.

The legislation included language defining the League of Municipalities as a “public agency.”

Weinberg says she believed the opposition stemmed from the group’s inclusion in the legislation.

A message seeking comment from the League of Municipalities was not immediately returned.

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