18 Jun: Senate Approves Bipartisan Ethics Reforms

TRENTON – In an effort to enhance compliance with the Legislative Code of Ethics, the full Senate today approved a bipartisan measure sponsored by Senate President Richard J. Codey and Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos to create the position of Ethics Counsel and require that all legislators consult annually with the new advisor.

“Ethics reform has and will continue to be a top priority. Because of this, there have been many changes to our ethics laws in recent years,” said Sen. Codey (D-Essex). “It’s important that we create a top-down system for promoting understanding and compliance and eliminating conflicts of interest.”

16 Jun: Sarlo Measure To Amend ‘Home Inspection Professional Licensing Act’ Passes Senate Commerce Committee

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Paul Sarlo that would eliminate the position of “associate home inspector,” thereby encouraging healthy competition in the field of home inspection was approved today by the Senate Commerce Committee.”

“Under the current law, anyone wanting to work as an associate home inspector would have to work under a home inspector, which is problematic because most home inspectors don’t want competition,” said Senator Sarlo, D-Bergen, Essex and Passaic. “This measure would amend last year’s ‘Home Inspection Professional Licensing Act’ to allow more recent graduates to break into the field, and eliminate the possibility of one group of home inspectors holding a monopoly over the system.”