VAN DREW BILL TO MAKE GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS EASY TO ACCESS PASSES SENATE

vandrewA bill sponsored by Senator Jeff Van Drew to increase government access and cost efficiency in New Jersey by requiring public reports and publications produced by the State be made available primarily on the Internet was unanimously approved by the Senate yesterday.

The bill would require that reports and publications produced by State Commissions, authorities and agencies, which are intended to be submitted to the Governor, the Legislature or the public would be made available on the Internet, as opposed to providing printed copies.  Individuals without access to the Internet would still be permitted to request a printed copy. Under the bill, six paper copies of all State reports and publications would be made for archival purposes at the State Library, and the report originator would be required to make the State Librarian aware that a report is available on the Internet.

Senator Van Drew said he’s been pushing for a more common sense approach to the publication of State reports since he served in the Assembly.