SENATE, No. 1349

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

210th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED MARCH 21, 2002

 

 

Sponsored by:

Senator SHIRLEY K. TURNER

District 15 (Mercer)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

    Provides that only citizens or legal residents of the United States may be employed in performing certain State contracts.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

    As introduced.

 


An Act concerning State contracts and supplementing chapter 34 of Title 52 of the Revised Statutes.

 

    Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

    1. The Director of the Division of Purchase and Property and the Director of the Division of Property Management and Construction in the Department of the Treasury shall include, in every State contract for the performance of services, provisions which specify that only citizens of the United States and legal resident aliens in the United States shall be employed in performance of services under the contract or any subcontract awarded under the contract.

 

    2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

    This bill directs the Director of the Division of Purchase and Property and the Director of the Division of Property Management and Construction in the Department of the Treasury to include, in every State contract for the performance of services, provisions which specify that only citizens of the United States and legal resident aliens in the United States may be employed in performance of services under the contract or any subcontract awarded under the contract.

    Recent published reports have indicated that telephone inquiries by welfare and food stamp clients under New Jersey's Families First Program were being handled by operators in Bombay, India after the contractor moved its operations outside of the United States as a cost-cutting measure. The bill is intended to ensure that State funds are used to employ people residing in the United States and to prevent the loss of jobs to foreign countries.