NJ town proposes restrictions on meeting recordings
MANSFIELD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey town has proposed an ordinance that would restrict how residents record municipal meetings.
The Mansfield Township Committee ordinance would require residents to provide at least an hour notice before recording meetings. Under the measure, residents would also have to record in designated spaces and make sure they didn’t move during meetings.
Violating the ordinance could result in a fine of up to $2,000 or jail time.
The New Jersey Foundation for Open Government wrote in a blog post that the ordinance could “deter public participation.” Councilman Michael Misertino opposes the ordinance, saying it goes too far and “doesn’t promote transparency.”
Deputy Mayor Desiree Mora Dillon says the ordinance is aimed at preventing disruptive behavior.
A committee meeting is scheduled for March 14.