10 Mar: Norcross Bill Creating Pilot Program To Streamline County Elections Positions Clears Committee

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) to create a pilot program in Camden and Morris counties designed to cut costs by allowing their governing bodies to streamline county elections positions was approved unanimously today by a Senate committee.

“This legislation will give elected officials in pilot counties the option of streamlining positions within county government to create real savings, while maintaining the integrity and oversight of the election process,” said Senator Norcross. “Moreover, it will help establish best practices for this type of consolidation going forward, as state and local governments continue to seek new and innovative ways to relieve the property-tax burden on our residents.”

The bill (S-2455) would permit freeholder boards in the pilot counties – through the adoption of an ordinance or resolution – to suspend the operations of the offices of superintendent and deputy superintendent of elections for a period of three years, and transfer their functions to the county Board of Elections. At the end of the three-year period, the freeholder board would be required to assess the pilot program and decide whether to permanently adopt the streamlined elections structure.

09 Jun: Rice-Vitale Bill To Increase Oversight In Aid To Disabled Individuals Approved In Committee

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Ronald L. Rice and Joseph F. Vitale which would increase legislative oversight and public input into the State’s program to apply for federal Medicaid waivers for people with disabilities was approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee today by a vote of 8-0.

“The State Division of Developmental Disabilities has neglected to do its job by failing to apply for the appropriate waivers that could have saved the taxpayers of New Jersey nearly $20 million in funding for programs for the disabled,” said Senator Rice, D-Essex. “The Division has since acknowledged that it did not pursue federal matching funds for the past several years. I have concerns that the Division is leaving State government, and the people of New Jersey, with the burden of providing funds for necessary programs when the federal government is already providing money to those who apply.”