- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Legislation aimed at expanding New Jersey’s open public records and meetings legislation failed to get enough support at a state Senate hearing and has been held.

Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg said Tuesday she was disappointed in the outcome and blamed the failure on the influential League of Municipalities for opposing it. The league has been critical of the legislation raising concerns that the legislation may result in costly lawsuits.

The legislation included language defining the league as a “public agency.”

Weinberg says she believed opposition stemmed from the group’s inclusion in the legislation.

League of Municipalities legislative analyst Lori Buckelew says the group believes it was a good partner.

She says one sticking points was the requirement that towns pay legal fees if they lose an open-records case in court.

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