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Weinberg Bill to Make Legislators’ Complete Voting Records Available Online is Now Law

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg that would make the complete voting records of Legislators available online has been signed into law by Governor Jon Corzine.

“As legislators, our choices must reflect what is in the best interest of our residents, who, as taxpayers, have a right to know how we cast our votes,” said Senator Weinberg, D-Bergen. “To me, this expands the work started by the late Senator Byron Baer, through his strong advocacy of open government causes like New Jersey’s ‘Sunshine Law’ and the Open Public Records Act. This new law puts New Jersey one step closer to attaining total transparency in government.”

Senator Weinberg’s law, S-1662, requires the Office of Legislative Services to make voting records for the current, and the immediately preceding term available on the Legislature’s website.

“Previously, voting records were available through the Legislature’s website, but many residents found the searches to be limited and time-consuming. This law will make it easier for New Jerseyans to find the information they need,” Senator Weinberg said.

The measure unanimously passed the Senate on May 18. It takes effect immediately.

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