News & Notes: ACLU sues state over withholding Ebola quarantine documents| Mar 3, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey filed a lawsuit on Monday against the New Jersey Department ofHealth’s refusal to provide public records about state policies and protocols about exposure toEbola, according to Planet Princeton.
The ACLU-NJ requested these documents on Oct. 30 under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act, but the state delayed the request several times. The ACLU-NJ set Jan. 15 to be its final deadline for aresponse.
On Jan. 14, the records custodian for the Department of Health alleged that the ACLU-NJ requestwas overly broad and required additional research and refused the request.
The lawsuit filed by the online casino ACLU-NJ challenged the denial by stating their request was very specific.It also argued that since the department believed the request was invalid, they should have issued adenial sooner instead of delaying the process by two full months.
The lawsuit asks the court to declare the state in violation of the Open Public Records Act, issue a fineand demand the requested records be delivered immediately.