The OPRA Alert is the GRC's periodic newsletter which is designed to inform the public and records custodians about hot topics regarding OPRA, as well as recent GRC and court decisions concerning access to government records.

  1. Volume 1 (July 2008)
     

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    In this issue:

    • All Records of Any Governmental Agency in NJ are Open to the Public
    • The Proper Response to an OPRA Records Request is a Written One!
    • The Burden of Proof for a Lawful Denial of Access is on the Custodian
    • Broad or Unclear Request May be Denied - But Beware!
    • Draft, Unapproved Meeting Minutes - Disclosable or Not?
    • When Can a Custodian Charge a Requestor a Special Service Charge?
    • Home Addresses and Telephone Numbers - Can They Be Redacted?
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  2. Volume 2 (July 2009)
     

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    In this issue:

    • OPRA Requires an Official Form, But...
    • Methods for Submitting OPRA Requests
    • What Do These Court Decisions Mean?
    • Coming Soon to the GRC's Website
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  3. Volume 2, Issue 2 (November 2009)
     

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    In this issue:

    • Municipal Ordinances for Special Service Charges - Are They Needed?
    • GRC Analysis of Special Service Charges (Including Medium Conversion Costs)
    • Additional OPRA Resources
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  4. Volume 2, Issue 3 (June 2010)
     

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    In this issue:

    • Public Agencies Must Charge Actual Costs to Duplicate Government Records
    • Resources for Custodians
    • Additional OPRA Resources
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  5. Volume 2, Issue 4 (June 2010)
     

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    In this issue:

    • OPRA Fee Schedules
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  6. Volume 3, Issue 1 (September 2010)
     

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    In this issue:

    • Governor Christie Signs OPRA Fee Legislation
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  7. Volume 3, Issue 2 (November 2010)
     

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    In this issue:

    • Changes to OPRA's Copy Fees Become Effective Tuesday, November 9, 2010
    • Changes to Fees for Motor Vehicle Accident Reports
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  8. Volume 3, Issue 3 (March 2011)
     

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    In this issue:

    • New Custodian's Toolkit Shines Light on Public Access to Records
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  9. Volume 4, Issue 1 (October 2012)
     

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    In this issue:

    • Shared Services Agreements: The Impact on OPRA
    • Redactions: A Cause for Concern
    • Frequently Asked Questions
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  10. Volume 4, Issue 2 (November 2012)
     

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    In this issue:

    • Hurricane Sandy's Impact on OPRA
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  11. Volume 4, Issue 3 (May 2013)

     

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    In this issue:

    • GRC Welcomes Brandon D. Minde, Esq., As New Executive Director
    • OPRA Training
    • Current Denial of Access Complaint Statistics
    • Timeframes in the GRC Complaint Process
    • Mediation Timelines
    • New Meeting Agenda Format

     

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