Judge Says Bare-Bones Agendas For Public Meetings Won't Suffice

, New Jersey Law Journal


Fogarty, of Fair Lawn's Fogarty & Hara, says the opinion has ramifications for public entities at the local, county and state level and will burden them with having to review agenda attachments with their attorneys.

Further, the ruling does not address how to deal with attachments to agendas that are not posted online but published in newspapers. The board will not decide on an appeal until after the first of the year, he adds.

Opderbeck says he was "surprised at what my local board was doing" and could not understand why it would not provide the documents.

He believes Doyne "wanted to put something out there that withholding these documents is not acceptable."

New Jersey School Boards Association spokesman Frank Belluscio III says, "To the extent that the ruling addresses electronic posting, it is significant."■

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