PISCATAWAY, NJ – Piscataway Township provided the following update on the video filming ordinance in a Facebook post Thursday afternoon:
The township has had an ordinance in place for over ten years that permits the recording of Township meetings with prior notice, and placed guidelines on those recording to ensure that there is no disruption of township meetings. Upon review the Township has decided that based on advancements in technology, the ordinance is outdated. We will be working on an updated ordinance that permits video recording. The town will not enforce the outdated ordinance in the interim.
The township’s statement about the recording policy of township meetings, comes after the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) issued a letter to Piscataway Councilwoman, Chanelle McCullum, Mayor Brian Wahler and members of the Piscataway Township Council advising how an ordinance that requires advanced approval to record public meetings is unlawful and violates residents’ right to free speech.
Tess Borden, a staff attorney for the ACLU-NJ sent the letter on behalf of Piscataway resident, Staci Berger who she said attempted to use her iPhone to video record the public comment portion of a recent council meeting to share with others who could not attend, but was instructed to stop and threatened to be removed by police and sanctioned.
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