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New Jersey Mayors Want the Power To Sue You For Asking Too Many Questions

Posted on AllSides May 14th, 2024
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Illustration: Lex Villena; Midjourney

Just asking questions? That might become illegal, sort of, in New Jersey. Powerful interest groups there are pushing a bill that would overhaul the state Open Public Records Act (OPRA), making it harder for the public to request government documents—and the legislature might vote on it today. One provision would allow state and local agencies to sue people who request too many documents at once.

The bill states that courts can issue a restraining order against requesters who intend to "harass" government agencies or "substantially interrupt the performance of government...

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