Senator STEPHEN M. SWEENEY
District 3 (Salem, Cumberland and Gloucester)
Senator THOMAS H. KEAN, JR.
District 21 (Essex, Morris, Somerset and Union)
Supplements the Senate Rules concerning a “paperless” Senate.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
A Senate Resolution supplementing the Rules of the Senate to reduce the use of paper copies at meetings of the Senate, Senate committee meetings and public hearings.
Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of New Jersey:
1. Senate Rule 3:12 is added as follows:
3:12. “Paperless” Senate.
a. The President may take such actions as the President deems advisable to reduce the use of paper at meetings of the Senate in the conduct of its business, including the consideration of bills and resolutions on final reading, at Senate committee meetings, and public hearings through the use of electronic access to bills, resolutions, amendments and other information.
(1) This electronic access, available to the Senators at their desks, in committee meetings and at public hearings, shall satisfy requirements for paper copies imposed by the Senate Rules.
(2) The constitutional requirement for printed copies of proposed constitutional amendments to be placed on the Senators’ desks is not subject to this rule.
b. All original documents traditionally contained in the bill or resolution jackets shall continue to be produced and retained in paper form.
2. This resolution shall take effect immediately.
This new rule authorizes the Senate President to reduce the use of paper copies at meetings of the Senate, Senate committee meetings and public hearings through the provision of electronic access by the Senators, at their desks, in committee meetings and at public hearings, to bills, resolutions, amendments and other information. Electronic access by the Senators, at their desks, shall satisfy any Rules-based requirements for paper copies.