SENATE HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES AND SENIOR CITIZENS COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

SENATE, No. 1266

 

with committee amendments

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED:  JUNE 6, 2016

 

      The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee reports favorably and with committee amendments Senate Bill No. 1266.

      As amended by the committee, this bill would make permanent the “Bloodborne Disease Harm Reduction Act,” P.L.2006, c.99 (C.26:5C-25 et seq.), which established a demonstration program that authorized up to six municipalities in the State to operate needle exchange programs.  (Atlantic City, Camden, Jersey City, Newark, and Paterson currently operate such programs.)  The bill would authorize any municipality in the State to operate a needle exchange program, and would provide for an appropriation of $95,000 to effectuate the bill’s purposes.

      The bill would specify that any rules or regulations, which are adopted by the Commissioner of Health to implement the bill’s provisions, are to be consistent with the existing regulations that govern the demonstration program. 

      The bill would further specify that the commissioner will be the party who is required to annually prepare a detailed analysis of the various needle exchange programs being undertaken in the State, and to annually report the results of such analysis to the Governor, the Governor’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and Related Blood-Borne Pathogens, and the Legislature.  The commissioner will no longer be required to contract with an independent entity to conduct such analysis and reporting, as is provided by existing law.

      The committee amended the bill to correct a technical drafting error.