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Now Law: Murphy, Benson & Timberlake Bill to Modernize State Websites, Digital Services

State agencies in New Jersey will be required to develop a plan to improve digital services due to a bill that was signed into law on Tuesday.

Under the law (formerly A-2614/S-2723) known as the “21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act”, agencies will need to submit a plan to the New Jersey Chief Technology Officer as to how they will improve digital services, including updating public websites to work on mobile devices, adding digital accessibility features, and digitizing government processes and workflows.

The measure’s sponsors, Assembly Democrats Carol Murphy (D-Burlington), Daniel Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex) and Britnee Timberlake, (D-Essex, Passaic), released the following joint statement:

“Times may have changed, but many State websites have not. Many websites are outdated in both appearance and functionality, and aren’t accessible on smartphones. These websites are public resources that serve as vital links to State services and programs. They must be easily accessible and reflect today’s technology. A few simple updates will make using public websites more convenient.”