On November 9, 2009, the Government Records Council (GRC):

a) Issued an “OPRA Alert” advising records custodians that ordinances are not needed to establish “special service charges” and that such charges need to be determined on a case by case basis.  This “OPRA Alert” is available here.

b) Adopted a new “model form” for OPRA requests.  The new form, which is on-line here, among other changes: a) provides a space for requestors to make requests under the common law right of access in addition to OPRA and b) requires only those requestors who seek “records containing personal information” to certify to their criminal histories.

c) Updated its “Custodian Handbook.”  The updated version is on-line here.

Chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project. Please send all comments to [email protected]