COMMUNITY-BASED POLITICAL PARTY CONSTITUTION

In the absence of a political party constitution that guarantees each elected neighborhood committee person a voice in decision-making, political parties have often become mere vehicles for County Chairpersons to raise funds and influence the election and appointment...

VIDEOTAPING POLICY

In 2007, the New Jersey Supreme Court affirmed the rights of citizens and the press to video record public meetings, with the exception that governing bodies may adopt “reasonable rules” to prevent disruptions. Videotaping public meetings aids the press...

CALL TO SERVICE SUMMIT

The model “Call to Service” kit provides municipalities with different options for celebrating the town’s volunteer leaders, and provides for an annual invitation to from the mayor to the general public to apply for leadership service opportunities in their town.  A...

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

In 1953 California passed The Brown Act, which established the guidelines for the State’s open-meeting practices. Since then, every state has adopted some form of open-meeting requirements. As time has passed, technological advances, combined with the evolving needs...