Press Release – A resolution sponsored by Assemblymen Robert Auth and Michael Patrick Carroll that allows legislators to electronically file their financial disclosure statements with the non-partisan Office of Legislative Services (OLS) today won Assembly Judiciary Committee approval.
“Financial disclosure statements help strengthen confidence in government by assuring the public that their elected officials aren’t putting their own financial interests ahead of the public interest,” said Auth, R-Bergen and Passaic. “This measure is an important, common-sense step in providing the public with easier access to that information.”
The resolution, ACR-166, provides lawmakers with the option of electronically filing their legislative financial disclosure statements, beginning this year, in addition to the current method of hard copy filing. OLS will be responsible for providing the technical assistance necessary to carry out the changes.
“Producing and retaining government records in New Jersey has not always kept pace with modern technological advances. This is an effort to leverage technology to make the process of filing financial disclosure statements more efficient and transparent,” said Carroll, R-Morris and Somerset. “It will bridge the gap that currently exists in the collection and dissemination of important legislative financial information.”