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NJ Supreme Court: Closed Rutgers Board Meeting Violated NJ Sunshine Law

TRENTON, NJ—After four years of legal wrangling, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled unanimously last month that an impromptu closed session held by Rutgers Board of Governors in 2008 violated the state's Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA).  The board has broad powers to set tuition rates, negotiate with unions, buy land and build new buildings, as well as hire and fire the University's President.

The ruling, however, did not go as far as the man who filed suit, Rutgers University alum Francis J. McGovern, would have liked.

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