Assembly State and Local Government

The Assembly State and Local Government Committee focuses on policy and legislation that has a direct impact on state government, as well as legislation dealing with ethics, pensions, election related issues and public employees.
Democratic Research Aide:  Nicole A. Brown   
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Zwicker “Voting Precinct Transparency Act” Clears Committee

In an effort to maintain a fair election process in New Jersey, legislation promoting voting transparency sponsored by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker was advanced by the Assembly State and Local Government Committee on Thursday.

“Some states do a great job of providing precinct-level election results, others do a great job of providing precinct geographies,” said Zwicker (D-Somerset/Mercer/Middlesex/Hunterdon). “However, most states don’t compile either, and the few who do, don’t do so in a way that is well-standardized. Currently, New Jersey is one of these states that doesn’t compile and release them all. This bill would change that and indeed, would make New Jersey a leader in transparency about election data.”

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Mazzeo, Armato, Downey and Houghtaling Bill Including Atlantic County in “Common Sense Shared Services Pilot Program Act” Advances

Combining municipalities’ resources in an effort to ease the burden on taxpayers, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vincent Mazzeo, John Armato, Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling that would allow municipalities within Atlantic County to share municipal court administrators under the “Common Sense Shared Services Pilot Program Act” was advanced by an Assembly Panel Thursday.

“As legislators for the second district, we are always pushing for shared services programs that will improve quality of life and save money for our hard-working families,” said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). “This law will include Atlantic County as a pilot county in the ‘Common Sense Shared Services Pilot Program Act,’ which will increase our towns’ access to government services, in turn, increasing both effectiveness and efficiency in their municipal operations.”

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Schaer, Mazzeo, McKeon & Houghtaling Bill Promoting Shared Services Clears Committee

Both lowering the coasts to taxpayers and increasing government efficiency, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Vincent Mazzeo, John McKeon and Eric Houghtaling was approved by the Assembly State and Local Government Committee on Thursday.

“For homeowners in New Jersey, property taxes are the greatest burden,” said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). “Sharing a tax administrator and clerical assistance is a common sense way to reduce costs to the taxpayers without losing services.”

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Mazzeo Bill to Save Taxpayers Money through Countywide Tax Assessment Gains Committee Approval

In the interest of saving money for taxpayers by making use of shared services programs, legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo to switch to a countywide tax assessor system in Atlantic County, a move that has already enabled Gloucester County residents to save millions per year, was approved Thursday by the Assembly State and Local Government Committee.

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