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Ramos Introduces Legislation to Ensure Finance Transparency in Government, Preserve Integrity in Public Office
The two-bill package is based on the recommendations of NJ ELEC(HOBOKEN) - Noting that public officials should be held to higher ethical standards as elected representatives of the state and its residents, Assemblyman Ruben Ramos Jr. (D-Hudson) introduced two bills this week to enhance the transparency of election finance in New Jersey.
The bills, (A-3340) and (A-3252), are based on the recommendations of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC)'s 2011 annual report.
"With the recent influx of PAC money into political campaigns, it is imperative that candidates and donors are held accountable for how that money is used," said Ramos. "This legislation will ensure that New Jersey's elected officials will be held to high ethical standards as public servants."
The first bill (A-3340) enacts several ELEC recommendations, including the following:
The second bill (A-3252) prohibits government officers and their employees from lobbying before state or municipal boards for the personal interests of the official. Even if the officer or employee is terminated from their position, the prohibition from lobbying extends one year following his or her termination.
"Lobbying for your own self-interest, personally or through an employee, is a clear conflict of interest," continued Ramos. "This legislation will hold elected officials responsible for serving in the best interests of all of their constituents, one hundred percent of the time."
Both bills are awaiting referral to an Assembly committee for further consideration. The bill (A-3252) has also been introduced in the Senate as (S-598).
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