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Senate Approves Weinberg Measure To Make Government More Transparent

TRENTON – The Senate today approved a measure sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen, that would make it easier for the public to view the voting records of individual legislators.

“This bill will let New Jerseyans see first-hand, the voting records of the Legislators they elect,” said Senator Weinberg. “Taxpayer dollars pay legislative salaries , and constituents deserve to be able to hold their local Senators and Assembly members accountable for representing the interests of the people when they vote in Trenton. “

Senator Weinberg’s bill, S-1662, would require the Office of Legislative Services to make available on the Legislature’s website, the complete voting records for all bills considered by the Legislature. Currently, the public can access voting information by bill only. This measure would require that the complete voting records of each legislator be made available, for the current and most previous legislative sessions.

This measure was approved by the Senate State Government Committee on May 15. It now heads to the Assembly for consideration.

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