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OPMA suit filed in Hunterdon County

On November 8, 2012, a Pittstown woman, working without an attorney,  filed an Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) lawsuit against the Franklin Township (Hunterdon County) Land Use Board.  A copy of the lawsuit, captioned Bailey v. Franklin Township Land Use Board, Docket No. HNT-L-617-12, is on-line here.

In her suit, Marie Bailey alleges that the Board notified only one newspaper, instead of the two required by N.J.S.A. 10:4-8(d), of an upcoming special meeting.  She also alleges that the Board violated the OPMA by not providing her with draft minutes of the special meetings when she requested them over a month after the meeting took place. 

The matter has been assigned to Hon. Peter A. Buchsbaum and there are currently no proceedings scheduled.

By John Paff

Chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project