Source: Assembly Republican Press Release
Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Jay Webber, R-Morris, Essex and Passaic, that prohibits a government agency from charging the victim of a crime for copies of reports relating to the offense was released by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee today.
Under the bill, S-2790/A-3937, a victim would not be charged for any law enforcement agency report, domestic violence offense report, or temporary or permanent restraining order. Currently, the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) does not contain an exemption from fees for victims of crime.
“It is fair and reasonable that someone who is victimized by a criminal act should not be required to pay for documents related to the alleged crime,” said Webber. “Victims have legitimate reasons to obtain copies of police reports or other legal documents. This legislation rightly removes a financial variable that an injured party should not have to consider in order to access relevant information to their case.”
Webber’s bipartisan bill is also sponsored by Sen. Loretta Weinberg and Assemblymen Gordon Johnson, both D-Bergen, and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Morris, and Somerset.