Study Commission Meeting Minutes
Chairman Litwin called the meeting to order at 10:35 a.m.
Chairman Litwin read the Open Public Meetings Statement.
Chairman Litwin led all present in the salute to the flag.
Ms. Buckelew called the roll as follows:
Members Present: Chairman Larry Litwin, Grayson Barber, Thomas
Cafferty, George Cevasco, William Kearns, Jack McEntee, Karen Sutcliffe
and H. Lawrence Wilson. Richard DeAngelis arrived after the roll
call had been taken.
Members Absent: Edithe Fulton, John Hutchinson, Pamela McCauley,
and Rosemary Karcher-Reavey.
Present: Paul Dice, Assistant Executive Director of the Government
Records Council, Catherine Starghill, Legal Specialist, and Jeannie
Janukowicz and Lori Buckelew, Division of Local Government Services
Kearns moved to approve the minutes of April 29, 2003, with a second
by Ms. Barber. The motion was adopted on a call of ayes and nays
Chairman Litwin, Ms. Barber, Mr. Cafferty, Mr. Cevasco, Mr. Kearns,
Mr. McEntee, Ms. Sutcliffe, and Mr. Wilson.
Cafferty gave a presentation on the Press Issues with Privacy. Mr.
Cafferty provided examples of how public records provide information
for news articles and provide information for the editorial process.
Nestel, Reed Elsevier's Director of the State Government Affairs,
gave a presentation on Commercial Use of Personal Information in
Government Records. Mr. Nestel explained that Reed Elsevier is a
large public information company that provides information business-to-business
and does not use public records to market or solicit. Their largest
clients are attorneys and their largest government client is law
enforcement. Mr. Nestel made the following observations: (1) a large
number of vital legitimate businesses such as banks, insurance companies,
and credit card companies use public records; (2) public records
can be used to help prevent identity fraud; and (3) the opt-out
provision is generally used by people who don't wish to be found.
McEntee asked whether unlisted phone numbers can be found in public
records. Mr. Nestel stated that the company does not remove any
information from the public record. The citizen should go to the
source to remove the unlisted home phone number.
DeAngelis questioned what public records Reed Elsevier gathers besides
property transactions. Mr. Nestle noted that they obtain business
filings, judgments, liens, motor vehicle records with restrictions,
and death certificates.
Litwin requested that Commission members review the timeline for
accomplishing the tasks pending before the Commission. Ms. Starghill
reviewed the Commission's subcommittee process.
Starghill announced the dates for the public hearings as follows:
June 10th at Mercer County Community College, June 16th at Rowan
University and June 17th at Montclair State University. All public
hearings will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Reports were discussed as follows:
Directive: Ms. Barber stated that the sub-committee will prepare
a draft report after the upcoming public hearings.
Jersey Practices: Ms. Sutcliffe noted that the sub-committee
is currently establishing liaisons with all of the state departments.
New Jersey: Ms. Barber stated that the sub-committee is preparing
a draft report.
Interest: Ms. Starghill noted the public hearing dates.
Mr. Kearns reported on the Office of Information Technology's presentation.
Mr. Kearns suggested that the presentation be given to the entire
Use: Mr. Cafferty noted that the sub-committee has established
a structure and are in the process of gathering information.
Starghill provided the Commission with a staff update.
Litwin opened the meeting for public comment. Hearing no one, Mr.
Kearns moved to adjourn, with a second from Mr. Cafferty.
Litwin adjourned the meeting at 12:03 p.m.