TRENTON – Fair Share Housing spokesman Kevin Walsh said his organization was gratified by this morning’s state Supreme Court decision that the N.J. League of Municipalities is subject to the Open Public Records Act.
“We’re happy that the court has decided to let some sunshine into the League affairs,’’ said Walsh, associate director of the non-profit public-interest agency that champions the housing concerns of poor residents.
The court ruled today that the League must comply with OPRA requests. In this case, Fair Share had sought documents related to the League’s opposition to affordable housing rules.
“Over the years, the League has made outlandish claims about housing issues,’’ Walsh said, “and we’re excited to be able to ask them for documents to back up their claims in the future.”
Lower courts had ruled the League was not subject to OPRA, but Fair Share had argued that it is for all intents and purposes a public agency.
“It’s funded with public monies,’’ Walsh said. “They have employees in the state pension system.’’
The Supreme Court remanded the case to the trial court for further proceedings, and Walsh said there would be further legal proceedings if the two agencies cannot resolve the issues over which documents are privileged and which must be handed over.
The League had not issued an immediate reaction to the court’s ruling, and said it was reviewing the decision.