According to an article in the August 8, 2012 Express-Times,  Phillipsburg activist Blaine Fehley turns his camera on fifteen minutes prior to town council meetings and catches things like councilmen chowing down on donuts which is on Fehley’s website.  The town has responded by proposing an ordinance that would, among other restrictions, prohibit filing council meetings until they are called to order.  According to town attorney Richard Wenner, “until you are in a public meeting, there is an expectation of privacy.”

Update: Phillsburg’s proposed ordinance is on-line here

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