BILL FORCING STATE WORKERS TO LIVE IN NEW JERSEY ADVANCES

Legislation to require future public employees to live in New Jersey moved closer to becoming law.

The full Senate gave final approval to the legislation, following technical changes recommended by the Governor and passed by the upper house last month. The bill (S-1730) needs a final vote in the Assembly before it is signed into law.

The “New Jersey First Act,” approved in the Senate today by a vote of 29-6, would require all newly hired public employees to live in New Jersey or to move to the state within one year of taking a position. Employees living over state lines prior to the effective date of the legislation would be exempt from the residency requirement. New employees who are unable to comply could appeal their cases to a panel created to decide on exemptions on the basis of critical need or hardship. The bill would also provide flexibility to institutions of higher education to ensure they are able to compete with similarly situated colleges and universities in other states.

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