Measure Would Create ‘Bulletin NJ’
TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) and Linda Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer) to help residents find work by creating a searchable Internet database listing all available government contracts today received final approved in the state Assembly. It now heads to the desk of Governor Chris Christie.
“This bill would create an online database to ensure that contractors, no matter where they are based, have access to bidding opportunities that are available in all school districts, municipalities and agencies in the state,” said Senator Norcross. “This will go a long way toward improving job prospects for contractors, large and small, who are still struggling in this economy to find work.”
“Bulletin NJ will provide an invaluable resource to contractors, giving them instant access to bidding opportunities available at public entities across the state,” said Senator Greenstein. “At a time when so many people are unemployed, this will ensure that those looking for contracting work have a wealth of information at their fingertips and, therefore, a greater probability of finding a job.”
The bill (S-2065) would create a searchable Internet database – to be known as “Bulletin NJ” – that would provide up-to-date information on requests for proposals and other government procurement opportunities published by a public contracting unit.
The database would be created by the Division of Local Government Services in the Department of Community Affairs, in consultation with the Office of Information Technology. It would be organized primarily by the name of the contracting unit publishing the job listings or request for proposals, and would be brought on line by March 1, 2012, under the legislation.
By a vote of 39-0, the Senate last month approved changes recommended by the Governor. The Assembly gave final approval to the changes today by a vote of 75-0-1, sending it back to the desk of Governor Christie to be signed into law.