NJAA Priority Bill to Eliminate Duplicative Inspections Approved by Full Senate
July 1, 2011
On June 28 the full NJ State Senate, in a bi-partisan show of leadership, approved S-2795 in a close 23-13-4 vote. Lead by Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May), Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex), Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester) and Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-Union), this important reform initiative was approved after several days of intense negotiations and lobbying. All 15 Republican Senators present voted “Yes,” and were joined by a coalition of Democrats from southern and north NJ, including: Senator Van Drew, Senate President Sweeney, Senator Jim Beach (D-Camden), Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden), Senator Bob Gordon (D-Bergen), Senator Ron Rice (D-Essex), Senator Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex) and Senator Sandra Cunningham (D-Hudson). The NJAA greatly appreciates the leadership these Senators showed, in the face of an aggressive misinformation campaign by the bill’s opponents. The bi-partisan legislation clarifies state law to restore common-sense, balance, and fairness to New Jersey’s comprehensive statewide registration, regulation, and inspection system that has, for nearly 45 years, served the public well. It aligns and clarifies various statutes to make the State solely responsible for establishing and enforcing registration, maintenance, use, and inspection standards for rental properties of three (3) or more units and prevents municipalities from imposing additional registration or inspection schemes on properties already inspected by the State. This initiative is a top policy priority for the NJAA and we appreciate the efforts of Senator Van Drew and Senator Oroho to secure Senate approval before the summer recess. S-2795’s companion, A-3835, is sponsored by Asm Kevin Ryan (D-Essex), Asw Mila Jasey (D-Essex), Vice Chair of the Assembly Housing Committee, and Majority Leader Joe Cryan (D-Union). The NJAA appreciates the Senate and Assembly sponsor’s interest in this important issue, and we look forward to working with the Assembly sponsors and stakeholders in moving this initiative through the legislature in the post-election Lame Duck session. For a copy of S-2795 as approved by the Senate, click here, and for a copy of the final Senate vote tally, click here.