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  • NJ A1868
  • Requires Commissioner of Transportation to publish notice of certain transportation-related infrastructure projects and activities on Internet website, and directs State Comptroller to monitor publication of those notifications.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires the Commissioner of Transportation to publish notice of certain transportation-related infrastructure projects and activities on an Internet website to provide increased accountability and transparency in the allocation and spending of federal funds made available to the State under any federal program for transportation-related infrastructure projects or activities. Under the bill, the commissioner, in consultation with the Chief Technology Officer in the Office of Information Technology, is required to design and develop, maintain and operate a single, searchable Internet website that has the capacity to retain and display data and information concerning the allocation and spending of federal funds made available to the State for transportation-related infrastructure projects or activities. The bill requires the website to be maintained and operated not later than 30 days after the bill's effective date, and to be accessible through a link prominently displayed on the home page of the official Internet website for the State of New Jersey. The bill requires the website to be available to the public without charge for access, and to be organized by type of expenditure and State agency associated with the expenditure of federal funds. Additionally, the bill requires the website to allow for public comment, and to incorporate links to other governmental websites for transportation-related infrastructure projects or activities. The bill requires the commissioner to utilize the website to publish notice of each transportation-related infrastructure project or activity, the cost or contract price of which is to be paid with or out of federal funds by or on behalf of a State agency, not later 30 days after the date the funds are first allocated by or on behalf of a State agency. The bill provides that notices published on the website must include information concerning: -- the name and address of the entity responsible for coordinating and conducting the project or activity; -- the names of the principal officers and directors of the entity and, if the entity coordinating and conducting the project or activity is a subsidiary of another entity, the name and address of the parent entity and the names of its principal officers and directors; -- a description of the project or activity and a statement of its purpose; -- the cost or price of the project or activity; -- the beginning and termination dates of the project or activity; and -- the State agency responsible for administering federal funds allocated to the project or activity. The bill requires notices published on the website to also include information regarding: whether an entity responsible for coordinating and conducting a project or activity is certified as a minority business or a women's business by the Director of the Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services in the Department of the Treasury; and the number of State residents and the number of women and minorities employed as a result of the project or activity. The bill requires the State Comptroller to monitor the website, and to oversee the publication of transportation-related notifications. The bill requires the State Comptroller to provide written notification to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the General Assembly of any irregularities or inconsistencies identified in the design and development, maintenance and operation of the Internet website, and to provide similar notification of any failure to publish notifications required by the bill. The bill requires the State Comptroller to issue an annual report on or before December 1 of each year in which the website is maintained and operated. The bill requires the report to include information regarding: -- the design and development, maintenance and operation of the Internet website; -- any irregularities or inconsistencies or failures identified during the course of the previous year; and -- any recommendations for improvement of the website or the publication of notifications. The bill also requires the annual report to include data and information concerning the number of State residents and the number of women and minorities employed as a result of federally funded transportation-related infrastructure projects or activities, and the total number of entities responsible for coordinating and conducting transportation-related infrastructure projects or activities during the previous calendar year which are certified as a minority business or a women's business by the director. The bill authorizes the commissioner to adopt rules and regulations necessary to effectuate the purposes of the bill, and permits the immediate filing of those rules and regulations with the Office of Administrative Law, effective for a period not to exceed 180 days following the bill's effective date. The bill takes effect immediately upon enactment.
Transportation and Independent Authorities
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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