"׋��b�Y��ŋL֤Hx�#�v��{ ��x�ŋ�S;�)��\��N����4;�"����n�Uö1edï�.PcA oޟw#�Hs�H9;Ƭb�aa-ׅ�.m�G�v�;������i�_&D��w{_�G���ıb��!O8e\$�g��D����[�{z��V�'f��ɓ���g�Y���z���U#� `eh���5�@ ��o�?$�6���ͽ�-r4�6 However, a custodian may impose a special service charge related to conversion for: The special service charge must be based on the cost of the technology and labor actually incurred. There is no restriction on the number of OPRA requests one person can submit to a particular agency. endstream endobj 913 0 obj <>/Subtype/Form/Type/XObject>>stream 1015 0 obj <>stream As per N.J.S.A. Records requested: I'm requesting copies of all OPRA requests from August 1, … Custodians must identify the legal basis for each redaction. Some large state departments have determined that they can be more responsive to requests for access to government records by designating more than one custodian. The GRC cannot adjudicate a complaint currently pending or previously adjudicated in New Jersey Superior Court. A custodian may either deny an overly broad/unclear request, or seek clarification of the request. It could be that the information requested genuinely is Exempt from OPRA … �yGW��Ga���^b�2p�����n�4��Z"s ݢΩ���A�*꿃E�ܟX�q�OG�.4��'�?�6����1��4Gʷ&J�8�A�U��lT�v��H2WB�q��d|.�j݈(��X�8���KXD�Ԉn��ƨ]a $�[̖)���5C�t�_#��0�@$%��:�Z�����)�� �����gy�Z���ŒgH�ș/�蕎C���: � ���p홰��3���rؚe��-Ni�K� bDe��[��Όda���}�Vr�v4ApI�V��J��μ��� ő����D�C� c?�*���BI�������rI��XW��m����_mC]��g��� 45u�r^�U6��I�w(N�Ǧ��f6����Ń� cV�^��[�5X^�ߧkŅ���F uMp9�?NW�h�\]��k0&/�p��Z�s��ӯ4d���c�`������[a�;����� �q�u�l�"�hyS��5+ET�[�9m7�= �bf�,��( Z��9�s#�W�3�w�nf�D�4 {G��ѿ�7��%�ų�^�aUOL��|� *This example uses the GRC's Model Request Form which is available for download here. A special service charge is essentially a labor fee that may be charged when a request is voluminous, requiring extensive time and effort, or when the request required extensive use of technology. Note that any challenge to a denial of a request for records pursuant to a discovery request cannot be made to the Government Records Council, as the Government Records Council only has jurisdiction to adjudicate challenges to denials of OPRA requests. ��ǡ�������*���o���8� o<0�-� endstream endobj 921 0 obj <>/Subtype/Form/Type/XObject>>stream All government records are subject to public access unless they are specifically exempt under OPRA or any other law. The County of Morris will make any effort possible to respond in a timely manner during this crisis. As such, a custodian cannot deny access solely because he/she previously provided the records to the requestor. �c�ځ�2�Q�,�k:���v��m��J(��Tgy��VԀ�eY�H�����Ԑ�Y������>챕�� If a record contains material that must be redacted, such as a social security number, redaction must be accomplished by using a visually obvious method that shows the requestor the specific location of any redacted material in the record. If you do not find the answer to your question on this page please contact the GRC directly and a representative will be happy to assist you. �7����S�LV�F�c2��`Sz,V/��L�� Please note that requests for discovery do not affect a requestor’s right to request the same records under OPRA or Common Law. Custodians may charge the fee prescribed by law or regulation, if another law sets a specific fee for specific record. endstream endobj 912 0 obj <>/Subtype/Form/Type/XObject>>stream 959 0 obj <>/Encrypt 904 0 R/Filter/FlateDecode/ID[<9F6AE108BF6FEE428E2FA07C92E372F2><215501450CB5F14ABAF6F6482F825717>]/Index[903 113]/Info 902 0 R/Length 129/Prev 130601/Root 905 0 R/Size 1016/Type/XRef/W[1 2 1]>>stream Only "public agencies" are subject to the provisions of OPRA. There may be exemptions contained in other State statutes, regulations, case law, etc. Click here to see a non-form OPRA request. At the request of the Government Records Council, the public agency must provide a Statement of Information setting forth the facts regarding the request for access to the government records, and describing the specifics of the custodian's denial to those records. The requestor would then have to conduct his own research to determine which minutes contain the subjects in which he is interested. endstream endobj startxref OPRA provides that the custodian of government records in a municipality is the Municipal Clerk. endstream endobj 929 0 obj <>/Subtype/Form/Type/XObject>>stream Please e-mail those minutes to me at the address listed below. endstream endobj 908 0 obj <>/Subtype/Form/Type/XObject>>stream H���A!6iP�=��j ����7e�������� Custodian must estimate cost and notify requestor before fulfilling the request. The Custodian copies the recording in house onto a CD-ROM the agency purchased for $0.50. Please acknowledge receipt of this message. �F��­of[O�*:K�]$O-�W��7� Click here to access Records Management Services' website. Under OPRA, a "government record" includes printed records, tape recordings, microfilm, electronically stored records (including e-mails and data sets stored in a database), books, maps, photographs, etc. The same applies for any other records that have specific fees established in other New Jersey laws or regulations. The Government Records Council has the statutory responsibility to: What is the scope of the GRC's authority? A copy of the Council's decision is sent to the complainant and the records custodian. What should I do if I do not receive a response to my request? Yes. Under OPRA, a government record that is otherwise publicly accessible may contain non-disclosable information that should be redacted. endstream endobj 930 0 obj <>/Subtype/Form/Type/XObject>>stream This principle also applies if pages of information are redacted. Anyone! NOTE* Any challenge to a denial of a request for records pursuant to a discovery request cannot be made to the Government Records Council, as the Government Records Council only has … … The Open Public Records Act. Yes. An official OPRA request is a request for government records submitted to a public agency either: on an official OPRA request form; or an otherwise written request that clearly references OPRA. 2020, c.10 provides that the statutory deadlines for a public agency to respond to an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request during a state of emergency, public health emergency, or state of local disaster emergency, do not … The requestor must choose to submit an OPRA request. endstream endobj 943 0 obj <>/Subtype/Form/Type/XObject>>stream However, OPRA specifically prohibits anonymous requests for victims' records. If an electronic document is subject to redaction (i.e., word processing or Adobe Acrobat files), custodians should be sure to delete the material being redacted and insert in place of the redacted material asterisks to obviously indicate the redaction. ), when they are applicable. For example, if the GRC purchased a package of 100 CD-ROMs for $100 and provided records to a requestor on 1 CD-ROM, the actual cost of said CD-ROM is $1.00 ($100 ÷ 100 = $1.00). Plaintiffs should consider consulting with an attorney to learn about initiating and pursuing lawsuits in the New Jersey Superior Court. How should I receive a response to my request? Pursuant to Teeters v. DYFS, 387 N.J. Super. The Custodian's written response must either grant access, deny access, seek clarification or request an extension of time to fulfill the request. %%EOF Example 2: A requestor wants an audio recording of a meeting on CD-ROM. Discovery requests may also be served upon a public agency for access to government records pursuant to N.J. Court Rules, 1969 R. 3:13-3  (2005) and N.J. Court Rules, 1969 R. 7:7-7  (2005). A request for payroll records of a school business administrator should be submitted to the school district in which the administrator is employed. This may include charges incurred by an outside vendor. Can the custodian take more than seven (7) business days to respond to my OPRA request? No charges apply. The charge is $0.50. =k��C��C]�1�'�t��6��}�RAI Verbal requests are never OPRA requests. OPRA permits the custodian to require a deposit against costs for reproducing records sought from anonymous requestors whenever the custodian anticipates that reproduction cost for the records requested will exceed $5.00. Establish an informal mediation program to facilitate the resolution of disputes regarding access to government records; Receive, hear, review, and adjudicate a complaint filed by any person concerning a denial of access to a government record by a records custodian; Issue advisory opinions, on its own initiative, as to whether a particular type of record is a government record which is accessible to the public; Prepare guidelines and an informational pamphlet for use by records custodians in complying with the law governing access to public records; Prepare an informational pamphlet explaining the public's right of access to government records and the methods for resolving disputes regarding access, which records custodians shall make available to persons requesting access to a government record; Prepare lists for use by records custodians of the types of records in the possession of public agencies which are government records; Make training opportunities available for records custodians and other public officers and employees to explain the law governing access to public records; and. Willingboro WMUA. These exemptions do not represent an exhaustive list of records that are not available for public access. The spirit of OPRA implies that custodians should assist requestors with identifying the records they are seeking, although a custodian's failure to do so is not a violation of OPRA. Submit the Request Form Online: Submit an OPRA Request … I am requesting access to records in possession or control of the [insert government entity] for the purposes of inspection and copying pursuant to the California Public Records Act, California … endstream endobj 936 0 obj <>/Subtype/Form/Type/XObject>>stream If there is no other fee established by law or regulation, the standard copying fee is $0.05 per page for letter sized printed pages and $0.07 per page for legal sized printed pages. A request for access to a government record must be in writing and hand-delivered, mailed, transmitted electronically, or otherwise conveyed to the appropriate custodian. These listings may aid requestors in identifying the names of the records sought. This form has been modified since it was saved. Name of Agency. CITY OF CLIFTON OPEN PUBLIC RECORDS ACT REQUEST FORM 900 CLIFTON AVE. CLIFTON, NJ 07013 Telephone: 973-470-5829 Fax:973-470-5264 OPRA@CLIFTONNJ.ORG Important Notice The last page of this form contains important information related to your rights … The blacked out area shows where information was redacted, while the double copying ensures that the requestor will not be able to "see-through" to the original, non-accessible text. kg�q�{A�#�#�I�� s���qM Successful plaintiffs may be entitled to reasonable attorney fees. What is the Open Public Records Act (OPRA)? For example, a request for the City of Trenton's 2011 budget should be submitted to the City of Trenton. Click here to download PDF file. This sentence means that custodians are to charge OPRA requestors any copy fees that are established by other New Jersey laws or regulations, if said fees exist. +� r���p@qA&�����s��.�� ���;���G�x׎k#m�i݂ױm��l�H�u²��-��K���;.��^��)�3�$����T:�m����u��7�2 Some public agencies have created systems that will permit a citizen to fill out an online request form and file it with the custodian over the Internet. The custodian’s request for clarification must be in writing, within seven (7) business days of receipt of the request. Address. �����P�o�6"��Cr The elements essential to constitute a public record are that it be a written memorial, that it be made by a public officer, and that the officer be authorized by law to make it. The first response to my request came four weeks after I submitted it. The Custodian must scan a paper document to convert it to electronic format. Can I bring my own photocopier into an agency's office to make copies? If represented by counsel, a requestor who prevails in any proceeding shall be entitled to a reasonable attorney's fee. �?g���n��f�$�ֶ��D�XJ���2F���G 4��� How to File the OPRA Request To file an OPRA request, which can be done prior to the conclusion of attorney review, a purchaser or their attorney will need to contact the clerk of the municipality to request a copy of that municipality's OPRA Request form. Special Note: Vendor fees are special service charges and must be approved by requestor prior to being incurred. The index is a listing of all State Departments and Agencies with links to their homepage, or when available, a dedicated OPRA page. �w��$A��ڙ�R�兒_ۏ�{8-�U仐��ÏΗ�V���a��fVuTe5_�k�%��|�7�[�n��8����([�^�Le$�{._b� x�'ܯ�s��4�i��4�y�̚��N���B There is no statute of limitations for filing a Denial of Access Complaint with the GRC. ����i�-��dž_���j���' ���v�v� Yes. Sample OPRA Request 1. endstream endobj 904 0 obj <>>>/Filter/Standard/Length 128/O(�E\)�b�Z�J\(g�φO��u ֮���O�xc�)/P -1052/R 4/StmF/StdCF/StrF/StdCF/U(��P�ߴ�b �p�D )/V 4>> endobj 905 0 obj <>/Metadata 213 0 R/Outlines 282 0 R/PageLayout/OneColumn/Pages 901 0 R/StructTreeRoot 300 0 R/Type/Catalog>> endobj 906 0 obj <>/ExtGState<>/Font<>/XObject<>>>/Rotate 0/StructParents 0/Tabs/S/Type/Page>> endobj 907 0 obj <>/Subtype/Form/Type/XObject>>stream @����F�����Z�n���V������ If a custodian seeks clarification of an OPRA request, the response time clock stops until the requestor provides a response to the custodian. OPRA- Request for Public Records Form. OPRA established the Government Records Council (GRC) in the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. Requestors may want to contact the records custodian to check the status of the request. ڜl��~I;�~���� T���a� ��Q&$� The Government Records Council can provide guidance regarding the accessibility of government records. OPRA is a New Jersey statute that governs the public's access to government records in New Jersey. Contact the records custodian of the agency to which you submitted your request. OPRA defines a "public agency" as: The Judicial branch of state government (including the Supreme Court of New Jersey, the Superior Court of New Jersey, the municipal courts, the Administrative Office of the Courts, and the agencies, offices, and boards under their authority) are not considered public agencies under OPRA. In some cases, it may be that a request was vaguely worded, or very open ended, and a resolution could be a simple as resubmitting the request in clearer language. Convert the record to the medium requested; or. The Government Records Council does not maintain records for other agencies. This is a request for public records made under OPRA and the common law right of access. �>sB�2\�����X]�{��fq The Custodian's failure to grant or deny access to the requested records by the extended deadline date results in a deemed denial of the request. Maybe. endstream endobj 944 0 obj <>/Subtype/Form/Type/XObject>>stream RE: Open Public Records Act Request for: property you are purchasing, NJ, Dear Clerk, Please accept this letter as my official request for public records under N.J.S.A 47:1A-1 et seq the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (OPRA). Browse … Open Public Records Request. Date. Appropriate disciplinary proceedings may be initiated against a public official, officer, employee, or custodian against whom a penalty has been imposed. The GRC lacks authority over the accuracy of record content. 433 John F. Kennedy Way Willingboro NJ 08046-2119 Phone: 609-877-2900 Fax: 609-835-4645 customersupport@wmua.info. A request for access to a government record under must be in writing, handOPRAdelivered, mailed, transmitted - electronically, or otherwise conveyed to the appropriate custodian. However, OPRA does not preclude a municipality from developing reasonable and practical measures for responding to OPRA requests, which may include the designation of deputy custodians for particular types of records (most common occurrence is the Police Department). The GRC can also provide guidance regarding the request process and what to expect once an OPRA request is submitted. It is important to note that the court's findings turned on the specific facts of this case. What if I don't know the name of the records I want to access? What happens if an employee other than the custodian receives my OPRA request? A complaint to the Government Records Council must be in writing on the official Denial of Access Complaint form. What can the Government Records Council do for me? Please note that requests for discovery do not affect a requestor's right to request the same records under OPRA. The list of frequently asked questions below will help records requestors understand some of the most common issues regarding the Open Public Records Act. When should I expect a response to my OPRA request? If the custodian fails to respond to the requestor within seven (7) business days after receiving a request, the failure to respond will be deemed a denial of the request. The custodian's request for clarification must be in writing, within seven (7) business days of receipt of the request. In such instances, the custodian must provide access as immediately as possible. Forward the request to the agency's records custodian; or. Copyright © State of New Jersey, 1996 - 2006. This request is invalid because it requires the custodian to research/read through all the 2011 minutes to determine when the Council discussed Jane Doe, Human Resource Manager. The actual cost is the cost of the material only and cannot include any labor fees. endstream endobj 920 0 obj <>/Subtype/Form/Type/XObject>>stream This is a request for public records made under OPRA and the common law right of access. Specifically, said statute provides that "[i]f a roll of microfilm images is requested, the State Treasurer shall collect a fee of $1.00 for each image on the microfilm roll." 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No special service charges can be established in advance by ordinance. �0�\��2X;t���L��>�E���T��^(�h" endstream endobj 917 0 obj <>/Subtype/Form/Type/XObject>>stream Click here to see an invalid non-form OPRA request. 2006), a complainant is a "prevailing party" if he/she achieves the desired result because the complaint brought about a change (voluntary or otherwise) in the custodian's conduct. The $5.00 fee is passed onto requestor. endstream endobj 926 0 obj <>/Subtype/Form/Type/XObject>>stream What happens when the Government Records Council starts investigating a complaint? Requestors may not know the names of certain records. The bottom line is that the requestor has a right to know the reason for the redaction, and the custodian has the responsibility to provide an explanation. Records requested: I'm requesting copies of all OPRA requests from August 1, … Techniques such as "hiding" text or changing its color so it is invisible should not be used as sophisticated computer users can detect the changes and potentially undo the "hiding" functions. How many OPRA requests can I make to one agency? 52:14B-1 et seq. » State Services Index: This alphabetical index lists services and activities … So here’s the reason why I am reaching out to you, is that when I filled out the OPRA request, I wrote down exactly what you request above: the tax ledger and open/closed permits. The most efficient way to request public records from the County of Bergen is through the portal below. The records request form includes the name, address, and phone number of the requester and space for a brief description of the record sought. The custodian must have evidence that the requestor is in possession of the records at the time of the OPRA request. If the requestor objects to the special charge and refuses to pay it, the custodian may deny the request for access to the record. Custodians have run into trouble if OPRA provision is not described accurately. •This is a request for all meeting minutes from January 1, 2002, to the present date. Can the custodian "black out" portions of the records I requested? A custodian may require that photocopying be done on the agency's photocopier if to allow otherwise would disrupt operations, interfere with the security of public records, or expose records to potential damage. Step 6:  If the Council is unable to make a determination about whether a record should be provided based solely upon the submissions, the Council may conduct a hearing on the matter at its discretion. Yes. Electronic records sent via e-mail or fax are free of charge. N.J.S.A. The hearing will be held in conformity with the rules and regulations for hearings by a state agency in contested cases under the Administrative Procedure Act (N.J.S.A. Step 4: The custodian will have the opportunity to provide the Council with a response containing information concerning the complaint. GRC Special Statement - P.L. OPRA Request Form. 3�Kv��" To date my initial request has not been fulfilled. Thus, if a requestor seeks access to a microfilm roll from the Department of Treasury, the Department's custodian must charge the fees established in N.J.S.A. The law is compiled in the statutes as N.J.S.A. Can a public agency create specific OPRA hours? Step 5: If the Council is able to make a determination about whether a record should be provided based upon the complaint and the custodian's response, the Council will issue a decision in writing and send it to the complainant and the records custodian. The list of frequently asked questions below will help records requestors understand some of the most common issues regarding the Open Public Records Act. Step 8:  If the Council determines by a majority vote that a custodian knowingly and willfully violated OPRA and is found to have unreasonably denied access under the totality of the circumstances, the Council will impose penalties provided for under OPRA. OPRA permits a public agency to adopt one of two processes for when non-custodian officers or employees receive records requests. Requests must be submitted to the public agency that maintains physical custody of the requested records. Fill out, securely sign, print or email your opra request form instantly with SignNow. Please review all fields before submitting. Click here for our contact information. The court requires a filing fee and the requestor must serve the lawsuit papers on the appropriate public official(s). The GRC does not have authority over other types of records requests (administrative, common law, discovery). Exceptions may include instances in which the requested records are in use, in storage, or require medium conversion. �����0U/Y]�r� �G�����ޤ�]��r The requestor has the right to disagree with the special service charge. A broad and/or unclear request fails to name specific government records, or requires the custodian to conduct research. ��t��3���rD�~��&�q If you don't know the specific organization that has the information you are seeking, the following are some suggestions to help. The Courts have adopted their own records disclosure policies and procedures. 2 hours a day for 3 days a week, minimum, unless the agency's regularly scheduled business hours are less. A request that seeks “any and all records relating to the town’s animal control … • Written request (letter, fax, e-mail) that clearly references OPRA. �.޻ to file a complaint with the Government Records Council. And I guess so am I. I know that they are very specific of … Direct the requestor to the agency's records custodian. Can a custodian deny me access to government records? endstream endobj 922 0 obj <>/Subtype/Form/Type/XObject>>stream • Verbal requests are never OPRA requests. has been made, maintained, or kept on file, Bart v. City of Paterson Housing Authority, Mason v. City of Hoboken and City Clerk of the City of Hoboken, Executive Orders' Exemptions from Disclosure, OPRA Inquiries, GRC News Service & OPRA ALERTS. • If written request does not mention OPRA anywhere, it is not an OPRA request. �I�B5u�s) The custodian must notify the requestor in advance of the special service charge. There are also exemptions contained in various Executive Orders. Step 9: A final decision of the Council may be appealed to the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court. The Right-to-Know Law does not require that the City of Philadelphia act upon an oral request, and the City of Philadelphia shall refuse to accept oral requests. ^ky���i1W��;G����M��' Q�c�[���P=@Q�;�=ۉU�������,��u������\�]J�/�x�5������,*;���/,Qn��q�F�G/NJ�j�[��L� dd*s2���xl��s��7i���"T6W`�+��a}R���D']����4�����#f^�������е23�W`�i@���߉4ȶD )y&�֧�1�:�v ��л]>��@�>;f (�~K'E��6s�WCJ�!�B�_�l�o�P��{y���6����/������R���1+#�O|`��%����)#�^�tuZ��ԆU�4����A�)�)�ߢ�2�״wĦ�C���l�~F+���}*w�jo����L������ q�y�}:�:\*�*��Vf��(����x�cأ�u�gѥa���klJ^>�L�6�"���< ***Special Statement*** Decisions may be appealed to the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court. r�{uϯ�4�$.�DVb�� What records are exempt from public access? endstream endobj 916 0 obj <>/Subtype/Form/Type/XObject>>stream How is a Denial of Access Complaint filed and handled? No. 28 •No. Custodians should respond in writing to your OPRA request  as soon as possible but not later than seven (7) business days after the request is received, provided that the record is currently available and not in storage or archived. The Legislature of the State and any office, board, bureau or commission within or created by the Legislative Branch; All counties, municipalities, school districts, fire districts, planning and zoning boards and other county and local boards or agencies, and all independent county or local agencies and authorities established by municipal or county governments. OPRA does not affect a requestor's common law right of access, or right of access via discovery.   The imposition of a special service charge is extremely subjective and the determination is made on a case-by-case basis. Timely Release of Meeting Minutes It has been over five months since your December 1 meeting, yet I have seen no evidence that … OPRA permits the Government Records Council to employ an executive director and such professional and clerical staff as is necessary to help it carry out its functions. What else should I know about Council hearings and actions? �bb�k�Z`6* ?�9e��W-5E��d�I͹ �R.�Z�^�\p1�ab�� �7��)/4��P�����E�� 6��gft��X��1u��GA/je��|�;S��! Also, when the requestor is successful (or partially successful) via a judicial decree, a quasi-judicial determination, or a settlement of the parties that indicates access was improperly denied and the requested records are disclosed. Be careful about adding exemptions to OPRA request form. The court will schedule a hearing and resolve the dispute. How do I check the status of my OPRA request? By law, government agencies have to respond, typically within 7 business days. 47:1A-1 et seq. This is a request for public records made under OPRA and the common law right of access. *This example uses the GRC's Model Request Form which is available for download here. Example of a valid request: "Any and all e-mails between Jane Doe and John Smith regarding the construction of the new high school from January 1, 2009 to February 28, 2009.". endstream endobj 931 0 obj <>/Subtype/Form/Type/XObject>>stream OPRA Request Forms N.J.S.A. Click here for a listing of all 24 exemptions in OPRA as well as exemptions contained in Executive Orders. Generally stated, a "government record" means any record that has been made, maintained, or kept on file in the course of official business, or that has been received in the course of official business. Click here for our contact information. endstream endobj 935 0 obj <>/Subtype/Form/Type/XObject>>stream The mediator will help the parties to identify issues, will encourage joint problem-solving, and will explore settlement alternatives with the parties. A challenge to the denial of access under the common law can be made by filing an action in Superior Court. Special services charges must be reasonable and based on actual direct cost of fulfilling the request. The GRC cannot force a records custodian to provide access to a record prior to the filing of a Denial of Access Complaint. The vendor charges the agency $5.00 for the service. The purpose is to provide formal notification to the requestor making it clear that material was redacted and is not being provided. How responses are handled. ��VU����8dY�@�jp>ZE8'�N����J I certify under penalty of NJSA 2C:28-3 that I have not been convicted of an indictable offense. No. endstream endobj 914 0 obj <>/Subtype/Form/Type/XObject>>stream Click here to view an OPRA request on an official OPRA request form. 2008), the Appellate Division held that a complainant could not have been denied access to a requested record if he already had in his possession at the time of the OPRA request the document he sought pursuant to OPRA. OPRA is used when the requestor wants to gain access to government records and wants to invoke the OPRA statute, which provides a statutory right of access to government records and holds a records custodian to a response deadline. The Council may move into closed session during that portion of any proceeding in which the contents of a contested record would be disclosed. An outside vendor access unless they are specifically exempt 20, 2020, P.L how I want contact. Requestor making it clear that material was redacted and is not an OPRA request see GRC. 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