21 Mar: Vitale-Codey Bill To Establish Review Panel On Psychiatric Hospitals, Developmental Centers Approved

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Joseph F. Vitale and Richard J. Codey to create the “Legislative Review Panel on State Psychiatric Hospitals and Developmental Centers,” was approved by the Senate today by a vote of 36-0, receiving final legislative approval.

“When it comes to care for our State’s most vulnerable populations, we need an exhaustive review to make sure we’re meeting their needs in the most comprehensive, cost-effective manner possible,” said Senator Vitale, D-Middlesex, and Vice Chair of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. “This bill would give the State Legislature the authority and the mandate to perform a top-to-bottom analysis of New Jersey’s psychiatric hospitals and developmental centers to make sure that people are getting the care they need at a cost that’s reasonable. At the end of the day, this bill would ensure a more complete, more sustainable system of care for New Jerseyans living with mental illness or developmental disability.”

22 May: Sweeney: New Jersey Can’t Afford To Lose Valuable Open Space

TRENTON – Senator Steve Sweeney, D-Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem released the following statement today regarding a news conference on SCR-136/ACR-10 – legislation which would allow voters to decide in November whether or not to dedicate $175 million of State sales tax revenue to renew New Jersey’s Garden State Preservation Trust (GSPT):

“Right now we are in a race against time. New Jersey is already the nation’s most densely populated state, and if development continues at its current rate, we will most definitely be the first state in the country to be built out.