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Jan 28

Daniel’s Law and Recent Clean-Up Legislation

Posted on January 28, 2022 at 10:14 AM by Legislative Staff

In November of 2020, Governor Murphy signed Daniel’s Law, amending the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and other statutes intending to protect certain persons in public service.   Specifically, Daniel’s Law prohibited the disclosure of home addresses or unpublished telephone numbers of certain active and retired law enforcement officers, judicial officers, prosecutors, and their immediate family members. The prohibition against disclosure of these individual’s home addresses extends to most entities, including private businesses and local governments  

Despite its laudable goals Daniel’s Law, as initially adopted, created a variety of uncertainties and unintended consequences making implementation extremely challenging for local governments and their records custodians.  With these concerns in mind, the legislature moved to adopt clean-up legislation to make implementation more reasonable, and on January 12, 2022, Governor Murphy signed into effect legislation amending Daniel’s Law. P.L.2021, c.371 took effect immediately and applied retroactively to December 10, 2021.

The information below seeks to address some of the more common questions associated with Daniel’s Law and the recent clean-up legislation.

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Jan 24

Governor Takes Action on Bills at End of Legislative Term

Posted on January 24, 2022 at 8:49 AM by Legislative Staff

On January 18, 2022, Governor Murphy took action on the bills sent to him at the end of the 219th Legislative Term. The Governor signed 123 bills and vetoed 16. A summary of bills that have a municipal impact follows.

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Jan 24

Governor Signs Election, Public Safety, and Courts-Related End-of-Term Bills Into Law

Posted on January 24, 2022 at 8:44 AM by Legislative Staff

On January 18, 2022, Governor Murphy took action on the bills sent to him at the end of the 219th Legislative Term. The Governor signed 123 bills and vetoed 16. A summary of bills that have an impact on elections public safety, and the courts follows.

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