Study Commission Meeting Minutes
Chairman Litwin called the meeting to order at 10:31 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:
Commission Members Present: Chairman Larry Litwin, Grayson Barber,
George Cevasco, Edithe Fulton (arrived at 10:35 a.m.), William
Kearns, Jack McEntee, Rosemary Karcher-Reavey, Karen Sutcliffe,
and H. Lawrence Wilson.
Commission Members Absent: Thomas Cafferty, Richard DeAngelis,
John Hutchison, and Pamela McCauley.
Staff Present: Catherine Starghill, Legal Specialist and Jeannie
Janukowicz and Lori Buckelew, Division of Local Government Services
Mr. Kearns moved to approve the minutes of the November 14, 2003
meeting with a second by Ms. Barber. The motion was adopted on
a call of ayes and nays. Mr. McEntee and Ms. Sutcliffe abstained.
Keith Bonchi, Legal Counsel of the Tax Collectors and Treasurers
Association of New Jersey addressed the Commission. Mr. Bonchi
presented his organization's concerns regarding the need for public
or limited disclosure of home addresses for tax sales, foreclosures
and parties of interest (taxpayers, real estate owners/heirs, prior
tax lien holders, and occupants).
Technology Subcommittee Presentation:
Mr. Kearns advised the Commission that Bruce Harrison's presentation
on geographical information systems would be rescheduled to the
January meeting due to his illness.
Paolini, Director of Data Management Services of the New Jersey
Office of Information and Technology (OIT) addressed the Commission.
His presentation was entitled, “Technology and Privacy: It's not “Can
They Coexist,” but “They Must Coexist” (The NJ Common Data Architecture
and Privacy). Mr. Paolini's presentation described the issues of
information privacy within state and local government agencies
resulting from technology. Mr. Paolini advised the Commission that
often government erroneously base new policies on existing technology,
thus causing those policies to fail when the technology changes
(which is inevitable at the rate at which technology changes).
He suggested instead that the best approach was to establish policies
and then create the technology necessary to implement those policies.
He suggested that when recommending privacy policies that will
affect how state and local government agencies operate, the Commission
should be mindful that technology is constantly changing. Therefore,
the Commission should not base its policy recommendations on current
Review of the Study Timeline:
Ms. Starghill reviewed the timeline. Ms. Starghill noted that
the Special Directive subcommittee is awaiting copies of the public
hearing transcripts in order to complete its report. Therefore,
the report will not likely be ready until February. Mr. Starghill
advised that the timeline had been adjusted to extend the release
date of the Commission's final report. The Commission agreed to
the following additional meeting dates: July 23, 2004, August 20,
2004 and September 24, 2004.
Subcommittee Reports were discussed as follows:
Special Directive : Ms. Barber stated that the subcommittee
is waiting for the public hearing transcripts to complete its report.
New Jersey Practices : Ms. Sutcliffe noted that the surveys
have been completed and that the subcommittee has started reviewing
Public Interest : Judge Karcher-Reavey stated that there
was no report.
Technology : Mr. Kearns restated that Bruce Harrison's
presentation will be held in January.
Commercial Use : Ms. Starghill noted that the subcommittee
report is being drafted.
Ms. Starghill provided the Commission with a staff update. Ms.
Starghill noted that the Commission meeting agenda for the upcoming
meeting will now be available one week prior to the meeting date
on the website for everyone's review and reference.
Chairman Litwin opened the meeting for public comment.
Michael Fasano, a representative of the New Jersey Land Title
Association, addressed the Commission regarding the necessity of
public or limited disclosure of home addresses for title searching
and tax lien verification. Mr. Fasano explained the importance
of including property addresses on deeds. He stated that title
companies use those addresses to determine whether there are judgments
or liens against properties. He further stated that without this
information, title and tax lien companies would be unable to confirm
whether there are judgments on properties. Mr. Fasano also explained
why purchase price information is included on deeds. Mr. Kearns
expressed his concern that social security numbers are included
on deeds. Mr. Fasano stated that most professionals in the industry
agree that social security numbers should not be included on deeds.
Ms. Starghill noted that there is pending legislation (A-2903/S-1988)
that would prohibit the inclusion of social security numbers on
deeds awaiting the Governor's signature.
Hearing no one further, Ms. Sutcliffe moved to adjourn, with a
second from Mr. Wilson.
Chairman Litwin adjourned the meeting at 11:54 a.m.
Larry Litwin, Chairman