FOR THE FIRST TIME, NEW JERSEY?S LANDMARK PUBLIC RECORDS LAW WOULD APPLY TO LEGISLATORS
Assemblyman John Amodeo and Assemblyman-elect Chris Brown plan to introduce legislation next session that would apply the state?s Open Public Records Act to the Legislature for the first time in the history of the decade-old law.
?Legislators should be as open and transparent as every other public official in New Jersey,? Amodeo, R-Atlantic, said. ?Removing this exemption will provide assurance to the public that their elected officials are working for them, not special interests.?
The bill would remove the exemption shielding communications between Legislators and other governmental agencies under the state?s Open Public Records Act.
It will be introduced next session by Amodeo and Chris Brown, who will represent the 2nd District of Atlantic County.
?There should not be a separate set of rules for Trenton politicians,? said Brown, a small businessman and highly-decorated combat veteran who will begin his first elected office in January.
?Eliminating this loophole will rebuild trust with the people and show them the Legislature can represent them honestly, openly and ethically,? Brown added.