SENATE BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

[First Reprint]

SENATE, No. 598

 

with committee amendments

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED: †JUNE 22, 2021

 

††††† The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee reports favorably and with committee amendments Senate Bill No. 598 (1R).

††††† This bill increases the compensation of election workers from $200 per day to $400 per day or the State minimum wage, whichever is greater.

††††† Under current law, election workers are paid $200 per day each time the primary election, the general election, or any special election is held.† The State reimburses $125 of the payment to election workers while the counties account for the rest.† This bill increases the Stateís reimbursement while keeping the countiesí sum at $75.

††††† The bill appropriates from the State General Fund to the Department of State the sum of $5,000,000 to reimburse the counties for the costs of implementing the billís provisions.

 

COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS:

††††† The amendments proposed:

††††† (1)† increase the pay for election workers from $275 per day to $400 per day or the State minimum wage, whichever is greater;

††††† (2)† clarify that the Secretary of State handles election reimbursement matters rather than the Attorney General; and

††††† (3)† revises the reimbursement formula to the counties to clarify that counties will only be responsible for $75 of an election workerís pay.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:

††††† Fiscal information is currently unavailable for this bill.